No Muzak, no crooning background singers. The Art of Lunch organisers seek out virtuoso musicians who have achieved renown with their chosen instruments.

Coming up for your enjoyment in August is a world music aficionado, Miriam Lieberman She is one of the only women to play the kora, a West African harp-lute, with her original compositions.

She spent long periods studying traditional music in West Africa with local musicians including the celebrated kora player Toumani Diabate, a great privilege as the kora is rarely played by women.

The Kora is a long-necked harp lute of the Malinke people of western Africa, although its origins are hazy the earliest record of it dates back to the 14th century. The valley of the Gambia River is one of the main centres for the playing of the kora. It is traditionally associated with royalty, the ruling classes, or religious practices, and played by male musicians to accompany narrations, recitations, and songs in honour of a patron Like the bards of medieval Europe. Kora players traditionally come from jali families who are traditional historians, genealogists and storytellers who pass their skills on to their descendants.

Miriam Lieberman with Kora

Miriam’s original compositions have a feminine perspective and she describes her songs being infused with African rhythms and Wanderlust. She also sings of the wild beauty of the Australian land and seascape in which she grew up.

For the Art of Lunch at the Avalon Restaurant on 25 August, Miriam on kora will be complimented by Kate Adams on cello, who will add soaring arrangements as well as luscious vocal harmonies.

Miriam and her trio toured their latest album ‘Full Circle’ around the country, a work that Rhythms magazine described as “A thing of intoxicating beauty” (Nov 2016) Miriam’s previous album ‘Birds Of The Moon’ (Nov 2014) made Album Of The Week on Radio National. She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally including at festivals in Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, Mali, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

 

 

Miriam with Kate Adams

Miriam on guitar, live with Kate Adams on cello

The Art of Lunch project was created by Earthly Delights Events and has received funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, as well as support from local enterprises such as Scenic World and BMR Accounting.

Book now as a solo or group here.