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20% Off Sale!

20% off all CDs and MP3 downloads at Vault of the Valley Music.  Now through New Year’s Eve.

CDs regularly $16, now $12.80 (plus shipping).  MP3 downloads regularly $9.99, now $7.99 

 

Laura Siersema Trio Live @ 1794 Meetinghouse available for download only 

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If you’d rather pay cash or by check, please send $17.80  ($12.80 + $5.00 shipping) to:
Vault of the Valley Music
27 Abbott Street
Greenfield, MA  01301

If you live close by, I’ll drop your CDs off!  Save packaging, postage and Paypal fees!

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Year End Fundraising for “Aberfan”

“Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” 
(Robert F. Kennedy, University of Cape Town, the land of apartheid, June 6, 1966)

Create your own ripple — make a tax-deductible donation to Aberfan beginning this Tuesday, a global day of giving that will take place on Tuesday, November 28.  Or at any time of the year.  Use the blue donation button located at the top right side of my website.  

We’re near $10,000 — push this project over the halfway point!

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions on behalf of Aberfan must be made payable to NYFA, and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by  law.

Here is a demo sample of voice and piano parts, “Hymn” and “Rock Sequence”:  

On October 21, 1966, in the small mining village of Aberfan, Wales, a man-made mountain of coal waste catastrophically collapsed on a primary school, killing 116 children and 28 adults.  A Tribunal investigating the 1966 events found that the National Coal Board was entirely responsible for failing to act to prevent the disaster, though they were never prosecuted.

The Guardian: Readers recommend playlist: songs about slowing down

The Guardian

“Go Children Slow”, one of my songs off Talon of the Blackwater, is chosen!

Here is this week’s playlist – (12) songs picked by a reader from hundreds of suggestions on last week’s callout. Thanks for taking part. Read more about how our weekly series works at the end of the piece…. we also have “Go Children Slow” and the wonderful voice of Laura Siersema.”  (By Scott Blair)

What a great surprise.  So cool it’s from the UK.

Spotify: Laura Siersema Trio Live at 1794 Meetinghouse

The Trio Live album is now available on Spotify!

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If you listen to music on Spotify, there’s a small thing you can do that’d be a big help: FOLLOW me there!

Once I get to 250 followers, Spotify will “verify” my account, which opens up the possibility my music can be added to their playlists.

Thank you for this support.

iTunes: Laura Siersema Trio Live @ 1794 Meetinghouse

1794triocoverFor anyone that uses iTunes, the new release is now up!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/laura-siersema-trio-live-at-1794-meetinghouse/id1209345086

Please take a listen and add to your playlists.

Your support is so important!  Thank you.

Laura Siersema Trio: Live Album!

1794triocoverHooray!  Our trio album, Live at 1794 Meetinghouse is available at CDBaby!  Digital only!

Billy Klock and Wim Auer played with me for three years following the release of Talon of the Blackwater in 2009.  These guys gave their hearts and souls to my music.  What great champions!  I love them both.

Listening to these tracks over the last few weeks — our last performance together — has been a great joy.  At long last, an “official” release!  Dedicated to them.

Please take a listen!   Buy yourself an individual track or the whole album!

Thank you for your support.

 

Recording “Aberfan” to Begin!

We will begin recording piano parts for Aberfan in September!

One of the piano sequences, “Interlude”, represents the children walking to school on the morning of the disaster.  Following those schoolchildren on their walk over the school’s threshold, this musical section uses eighth-note triplets according to a randomized sequence. To achieve that, I cut out each of the notes of the original and reassembled them— with eyes closed — to convey the element of chance that is part of everyday life and every catastrophe.  

Each Interlude contains 144 beats, one for each person who died.  “Altered Interlude” accents shift among first, second and third beats.  Here is “2nd Altered Interlude”  

I am very honored to be working with producer and engineer Michael Farquharson.  This is going to be a tremendous experience.

More news and updates to follow soon.

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Aberfan  is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.

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Many thanks to Eve Meyer, Editor in chief, Journal of the IAWM, for encouraging me to write an article for the journal about my work and career, all the way up through my latest endeavor, Aberfan.

See “Turn Us into Ashes”, page 25.  IAWM Journal Spring 2016 Final (1)

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts.  Please make a donation towards its recording here.

 

Women’s Music and Spirituality

Today I came across this email exchange I’d had back in 2003 with journalist Suzie Siegel.  She’d reviewed my first album, When I Left Loss.  In fact, hers was the first review of my music ever done!

“I was invited to present my work for a Spirituality Seminar in the MSW program @ Syracuse University last year. Ever since then I have wondered about this connection between my work and the ways in which other women experience and explore their own paths–for my work is one version of what it is to individuate–and based on the way my heart was racing that day, I thought I had come upon something very important.”

Suzie wrote back:  “Although I was never in the entertainment area of journalism, I often reviewed CDs by women because the work simply wasn’t getting done. Music by men dominates even progressive radio stations, such as WMNF in Tampa. I think women need to hear the stories and voices of other women. Otherwise, we’re always seeing ourselves as reflected by men.”

How good it is to be reminded of something you already knew.

Graphic Design Helene Zuckerbrod

Graphic Design Helene Zuckerbrod