Lieberman brings African Kora to Newcastle

Birds of the Moon album photo shoot- Body art by Lainie Cann - Photos by Vanessa Forbes

Lieberman brings African Kora to Newcastle


At The Royal Exchange 32-34 Bolton St Newcastle

 Saturday   May 17, 8pm

Kora player Miriam Lieberman will team up with cellist Kate Adams at the The Royal Exchange on Saturday for an evening of West African-influenced music.

The Kora is a 21-string African harp which Lieberman   mastered under the tutelage of multi-Grammy Award winning Kora player Toumani Diabate whilst living in Mali.

She will combine with cellist Adams, with whom she has collaborated with before in the trio Naked Without My Cello, as they play a mix of tracks off Lieberman’s new album Birds of the Moon, due for release in August.

It will be a homecoming of sorts as Libermann’s mother grew up at Bar Beach.

‘‘She moved south and I grew up in Sydney, but there is a connection there I suppose,’’ Lieberman said.

‘‘I’ve lived in South America, India and Africa.‘‘I’ve been a bit of a gypsy and have followed the music.’’

Lieberman   met   Diabate at WOMAD in 2009 having spent some time in Guinea.

“I came up to him after a show and spoke to him in  Malenke – one of the languages of Mali and Guinea,’’ she said.

‘‘He invited me to come to Mali so I put that as a proposal to the John Butler Foundation and  got a grant to study with Toumani in Mali.’’

Saturday night’s show will be a  mix of traditional African music with original contempary pieces played on the Kora, cello and guitar.

‘‘Some of it will be like Western folk pop with African rhythms,’’ she said.

Leiberman will then move north to perform at the Africa in the Manning Festival which runs at Taree from May 18 to 25.

She hopes to be back in Newcastle in  August or September for the official launch tour of Birds Of The Moon, her third solo album.

She  has   recorded an album with Adams and their trio  Naked Without My Cello.

Miriam Lieberman with Kate Adams

At The Royal Exchange 32-34 Bolton St Newcastle

 Saturday 17th May 8pm