Lara Herscovitch

 
 

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For some people, what they do and who they are two different things. Not so for Lara Herscovitch, an “extraordinarily talented” (smother.net) American songwriter, poet, singer, performer, and policy social worker.

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Lara’s award-winning music is “pure musical poetry” (The Courier): highly original, modern folk with shades of blues, jazz, and pop. As the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal wrote, "Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn't write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul."

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With a voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” she stands “above and beyond the pack” (Northeast Performer). Herscovitch is “a remarkable performer” (WSHU Public Radio). Former State Troubadour of Connecticut (2009-2010), Lara brings charm, authenticity, intelligence and a 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.

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Lara also has extensive experience as a policy social worker, and has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia on behalf of disadvantaged individuals – focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. These themes are woven throughout her music. 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.”

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“Herscovitch's songs are passionate, direct, hummable; they're broadsiding story songs about human rights, dignity, and rising to personal challenges.” (GroundsAndSounds.org). Indeed, facing adversity and undergoing transformation – personal, social, political, is a theme throughout her music. Her songs move, inspire, educate, make us laugh, cry, and help us know and feel that we’re not in it alone. 

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“…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).

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Ask those who know her, and you will hear that she is a woman of integrity who writes and leads and lives from the heart; that what she does and who she is are one and the same. A proud torchbearer, she is today’s troubadour: carrying on “the essence of the folk spirit” (GroundsAndSounds.org), drawing comparisons to the late great Hazel Dickens, Joan Baez and Ani Difranco. Her most recent recording, Misfit, is all about authenticity, courage, strength, connection and kindness. Just like the artist herself.

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Lara is a native New Englander and lives there currently.

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Discography:

Misfit (2016)
Four Wise Monkeys (2012)
Through A Frozen Midnight Sky (2009)
Juror Number 13 (2006)

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High res photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ufpqnrjohfccmcp/AAA7AZAfU2SW8yhCdTj2pwW6a?dl=0

Review by Grounds & Sounds: LH_Stony_Brook_NY_Grounds_and_Sounds_2013.pdf

Review by The Middletown Press: Middletown_Press_4WM_Review.PDF

Acoustic Live Magazine feature article PDF

Interview with Rich Monetti: http://voices.yahoo.com/two-sided-career-connecticut-songwriter-3073058.html