Lara Herscovitch

 
 

BIO

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Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer-songwriter-poet, performer and advocate, her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences.

 

Sound Waves Magazine described her mastery as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… Lara gets it all done with her skillful songwriting – musical timing, memorable melodies, and compelling lyrics. It’s good for your ears AND your soul.” This craftsmanship travels on a voice that Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” and is accompanied by guitar infused with her skill as a percussionist.

 

Her themes span a broad range, including stories of misfits and underdogs, connection and courage, love and loss, hardship and hope, resilience and transformation. As WNPR Public Radio host Colin McEnroe observed, "Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive American vision, and there really is no higher compliment I can pay an artist." Put another way, “Lara’s music has that special sauce: it sticks to your soul” (Everything Sundry: Introducing you to all kinds of great music).

 

The wisdom in Lara’s artistry comes from her decades of humanitarian work in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and Africa, focused on education, community development, environmental protection, and justice system reform. The depth of this experience resonates throughout her music: as Mississippi’s Daily Journal summarized, “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.” Former State Troubadour of Connecticut, she has played thousands of notable stages and festivals including A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival & Great Hudson River Revival.

 

The jury is in and is raving about this accomplished, award-winning musician:

 

  • “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
  • “Lara weaves a tapestry of melody and poetry that stirs the intellect while reaching deep into the listener’s soul… A proud torchbearer, she is today’s troubadour, carrying the essence of the folk spirit, drawing comparisons to the likes of Joan Baez and Ani Difranco.” –Citizen News
  • “…Her voice and performance style had me captivated right away. She truly stands out in a crowd” –Valley Folk
  • “above and beyond the pack” –Performer Magazine
  • “The wonderful Lara Herscovitch kept the crowd rapt the entire evening.” –Broward Folk Club
  • “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... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.” –Acoustic Live in New York City

 

Lara is from the Northeast U.S. and lives in Connecticut. She served as Connecticut State Troubadour (2009-2011), and has played and studied music with the late greats Joe Beck (Miles Davis, Stan Getz) and John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Janis Ian), as well as with Richard Dorr (Bette Midler, Tammy Grimes) and Ron Browning (Alison Kraus, Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd).

 

She tours and performs widely across the U.S.; coaches and facilitates on themes including creative courage and finding one’s voice for a better world; and presents and advocates on themes related to community development and civic engagement, including the U.S. civil and human rights crisis of over-criminalization and mass incarceration. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a MSW in Policy from the University of Connecticut.

 

Awards & Showcases

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival – Emerging Artist Showcase 2016

Northeast Regional Folk Alliance – Formal Showcase 2016

Northeast Regional Folk Alliance – Regional Showcase @ Club Passim 2015

Roots on the River Festival – Singer Songwriter Award winner 2015

Rose Garden Coffeehouse – Performing Songwriter Competition finalist 2014

Folk Alliance International – Performance Alley showcase 2012

Solarfest – Singer-Songwriter Contest winner 2012

Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Troubadour Competition finalist 2010

 

Discography

Misfit – 2016, La Rama Records (co-produced with Adam Michael Rothberg)

Four Wise Monkeys – 2012, La Rama Records (produced by John Jennings)

Through A Frozen Midnight Sky – 2009, La Rama Records (produced by John Jennings)

Juror Number 13 – 2006, La Rama Records (self-produced)

There – 2002, La Rama Records (self-produced, out-of-print)

Sin Tierra – 2000, La Rama Records (self-produced, out-of-print)