Grounds and Sounds review: LH_Stony_Brook_NY_Grounds_and_Sounds_2013.pdf
Rich Monetti's interview of Lara:
“Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Lara Herscovitch’s music is an original blend of modern acoustic/folk with blues, jazz, and pop influences. With her voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” she stands “above and beyond the pack” (Northeast Performer). Herscovitch is “a remarkable performer” (WSHU Public Radio), “a rising talent who is truly someone to watch for” (Acoustic Live in NYC). Former State Troubadour of Connecticut (2009-2010), Lara brings a charm, authenticity, and love of performing that immediately resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (American Public Media) and tours from Maine to Miami.
“…Her voice and performance style had me captivated right away. She truly stands out in a
crowd” (Valley Folk). “It’s rare to come across poets able to inject such an achingly human
and knowing warmth into their work... It’s obvious that this musician-composer has hit her
stride, that her star’s still rising” (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange).
THE CURRENT PROJECT
Lara’s new release, Four Wise Monkeys (produced by John Jennings) showcases her ever-growing vision and skill. This relevant, meaningful recording is about facing adversity and undergoing transformation — personal, social, political. Many songs speak to one of our biggest civil rights challenges: the U.S. has only 5% of the world’s population, and a staggering 25% of its prisoners. The meaning of the proverbial three wise monkeys is debated. When they see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, some believe they are stopping evil; others believe they are perpetuating it. Their intention in her song (and CD) is clear: Take a stand. Make a choice. Pick a side. Do something. Lara says, “my hope is that we each do something to create a better world. The world needs us, and we need each other. But for the grace go I and all.”
As Acoustic Live in New York City wrote, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect.” Herscovitch narrowly escaped law school, and trained instead as a policy social worker. She has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia, on behalf of disadvantaged communities — focusing on education and juvenile justice. Echoes of these themes are in her music, creating an extraordinary combination of talent with intelligence, insight, compassion and leadership. Lara is a native New Englander and lives there currently.
Four Wise Monkeys (2012)
Through A Frozen Midnight Sky (2009)
Juror Number 13 (2006)
Sin Tierra (2000)