Meet Michael Farquharson

Michael Farquharson will be producing Aberfan.

We met several years ago while recording my last album, Talon of the Blackwater.  He played fretless bass — I loved it!  Out of all of his incredible playing, here’s one of my favorite clips:

“I Was Once a Sailor”  LYRICS  

Little did I know then that producing was one of his passions, too.  In fact, last year I had a dream of the most fabulous rhythms being played during a recording session of one of my songs.  Michael was producing.  He was saying “Yes!  Yes!  Yes!”  Even inside the dream, I knew of it’s providential message.

We’ll be working at his studio in Boston, Mix One.

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.  This recording cannot happen without your support.  Every donation helps!

Meet Takuma Anzai, drums & tools of rescue


Takuma and I met several years ago when I was looking for players for my trio.  As synchronicity would have it,  I was having lunch in Boston with Michael Farquharsona professor / producer at Berklee College of Music.  I mentioned I’d be going to meet a drummer after lunch.  “Who’s that?”  I answered “Takuma”.  Smiling, he said “He’s the one I use for recording my studio projects!”  There was no doubt left in my mind.

Shortly after my first rehearsal with Takuma, I had a dream in which the most beautiful, fluid percussion surrounded me.  Not unlike my experience during rehearsal, cushioned in the most wonderful wash of sound, I felt I was in another world, the place where my music was originally created.

At some point, I knew we would work together again.  Aberfan will be that opportunity.

Laura Siersema is composer of Aberfan (7 pianos, voice and tools of rescue), a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  All donations are tax deductible.  Your contribution ensures we can return to the studio to complete its recording.

Photo by Shuhei Teshima