Meredith Monk's moving and vital recording, "On Behalf of Nature" is available worldwide as of November 4th. Working with her and her phenomenal Ensemble expanded my concept of music and was one of the highlights of my career. She writes, "Believing in the universal healing power of music and that it speaks more directly than words, I wanted to make a piece that has space for imagination and a fluid perceptual field that could expand awareness of what we are in danger of losing. On Behalf of Nature is a meditation on our intimate connection to nature, its inner structures, the fragility of its ecology and our interdependence." I hope you'll check this out, Friends. Here's a YouTube video. And here is a review. (Working with the iconic ECM owner/founder/producer, Manfred Eicher, was an absolute thrill too!)
Meredith Monk Recording "On Behalf of Nature"
Laura Sherman is a New York-based harpist with extensive experience in classical, popular and commercial music. Harpist with the Broadway production of "Wicked" and founder of Gotham Harp Publishing, a harp music publishing company specializing in quality transcriptions of early music and works by contemporary composer, she also performs with a variety of classical ensembles in the tri-state area.
A versatile and well-traveled musician, Laura has performed, toured and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Jewel, Meredith Monk, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti, Marvin Hamlisch, Jon Faddis, James Galway, and Joshua Bell. Featured on WNYC's "Sound Check," "The CBS Sunday Morning Show" and "The Today Show," she has performed in many of the great concert halls in New York City and Europe. Tours with three Broadway shows have taken her around the world, with extended stays in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Hamburg, Zurich, twenty-six cities in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
Laura's life-long love of Johann Sebastian Bach's music inspired her to study with Rosalyn Tureck at her Bach Research Institute in Oxford, England. The end results, critical performance editions for harp of the complete Lute Suites by Bach, became her doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan and were published in June 2012 by Gotham Harp Publishing. Laura was featured at the American Harp Society's 2012 Conference in New York City, performing and giving a master class on Bach's Lute Suites. She also gave a lecture-recital on this topic at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999. She has also been invited to give a Bach presentation at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia in the summer of 2014.
Laura has had the honor of performing at numerous weddings and special events throughout the tri-state area during the last twenty years. Her passion, experience and beautiful gold harp always add a memorable, elegant touch. After nearly seven years of performing during tea-time at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, she is an expert at tailoring repertoire to the tastes of diverse audiences.
Laura teaches privately and as an adjunct harp instructor at Hunter College in Manhattan. She has written articles for the American Harp Journal and the World Harp Congress Review about Marcel Grandjany and Susan Jolles, Playing Bach on the Harp, and Maurice Ravel's Introduction and Allegro.