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About Laura Siersema

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"Somebody pulled the hair right out of my head, something so small, 'bout a quarter-size....not me that's pointing a knife, admit that you're wrong not to matter..." (from "Talon of the Blackwater and Graces").

"Talon of the Blackwater", third independent release for this singer/songwriter and Berklee graduate, takes its listeners along the hazardous journey through blackwaters of anguish and turmoil to the other shore.

Lush music touched by classical, folk, jazz, and new age, unfolds with piano, cello, fretless bass, fluid guitars, synthesizers and percussion to reveal “souls speaking,” says Siersema.

Produced by Jay Hovnanian, mastered by Jeff Lipton and featuring Michael Farquharson (MCA artist/Juno nominee), T Lavitz (Grammy nominee of the Dixie Dregs), Eugene Friesen (Grammy winning Paul Winter Consort), Nate Comp (Josh Logan Band), Nick Falk and Marcelo Woloski (Maeve Gilchrist Group), Bruce J. LeBlanc and Alastair Moock.

With a voice Bob Ludwig calls "unique and very pure", Laura melds an inventive, textured & rhythmic keyboard style with "the soul and lyrics of a true poet" (Indie-Music Reviews).

Her first two albums, "when I left loss" and "Love Flows Like the Blood of a River" (with Eugene Friesen, cello, and Steve Wilkes, percussion) are a combination of song and spoken word pieces that "lend a riveting, personal touch and at times cut so deep the hair on the listener's skin goes on end".

Laura has played at art festivals and venues around the United States. She's opened for John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Connie Kaldor, Dana Cooper, Brooks Williams and Lori McKenna.

Laura Siersema joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 30, 2009