Laura Madonna Murray has been delivering award-winning performances as a pianist for over a decade. She holds a Masters of Music degree and has remarkably brought Classical art music out of the concert hall by creatively pairing segments with folk/rock favourites: "When she takes her seat in front of the piano, one never knows what to expect."
Her international performances and universal conscience have left her more aware of audience energy and often serve as a basis for her original songs; it's also how she became known as the Traveling Piano Playing Yogi. Her one-woman-show features standards and originals. Murray entertains with her distinct voice, technical command of the keyboard, and charming wit while interpreting songs representative of jazz, folk, rock, pop, singer-songwriter, soul, and blues styles. Her sound and presence has been compared to Carole King, Melanie, Annie Lennox, and Janis Jopin; Laura cites her inspirations and influences as Nina Simone, Fats Waller, Bob Dylan, Amelia Curran, and Ben Caplan. She's been broadcast on the CBC, Eastlink TV, BellTV, K-Rock radio, Radio St. Pierre, ECMA Radio, and most recently in Australia just to name a few. Having played stages from Thailand to London, rural France to rural Newfoundland, and up and down the coast of Australia, Laura Madonna Murray, female artist of the year nominee, is growing her audience base as a fresh and unconventional performer. Check out her MusicNL Instrumental Album of the Year nominated debut album, Solo/So High, released in June, 2016.
Solo/So High is a compilation of instrumental piano music showcasing the works of Mozart, Chopin, Gulda, and Canadian Composer, Oskar Morawetz through the artistry of Laura Madonna Murray. The 8 tracks feature the styles of Jazz, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century, within the genre collectively known as Classical Music.
Laura's debut release is available for purchase on iTunes. Alternatively, stream it from Bandcamp or Soundcloud or purchase a physical copy from Fred's Records..
Studying a Masters of Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne was a natural path. Fascinated by neuroscience and the power of music, by 2020 Laura will be a Registered Music Therapist. Following a cancer diagnosis in the family, perspective shifted... several times! Moving from teaching yoga, fitness, and piano to full-time performing now there's a desire to balancing these three inspiring and soul-nourishing professions.
Want to read more about the path traveled? Check out the blog: https://lauramadonnamurray.wordpress.com/
Merry Madonna Martinis & a live video shoot...
House of the Rising Sun & Fur Elise like you've never heard it before https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ma9DVoIKPY