Laura Weinbach

Laura Weinbach

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"Laura Weinbach's story-based songs and melody-driven style bring commanding stage presence reminiscent of Kate Bush, Edith Piaf, and Nico. Her soaring pitch-perfect vocals, fairytale lyrics, and classical technique deem her an artist to watch with great things to come."-CBF(Village Voice Media)

Biography

Laura Weinbach comes from a musical family. When she was an infant, her mother, a child piano prodigy, would put her to sleep with the music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms among many other great composers. Despite a disinclination towads the piano, this constant classical exposure has inarguably had a significant and positive effect on her development both musically and psychologically.
As a child her father would punish her by making her listen to recordings of various jazz artists from Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to Blossom Dearie and King Pleasure to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilbero. He'd say "Laura, if you can learn all these songs and sing them just like they do on the tape, then you can go out and play with your friends." And so, with no incentive in mind other than to get the hell out of her house and play, she'd immediately rush to her room, shut the door and start jotting down lyrics and memorizing. Within a matter of hours she'd have the songs down and ready to go which she sang through a little Pignose amplifier her dad bought from a garage sale. Though she's always had a natural affinity for singing and music in general, it was her parents who really introduced her to the music she's internalized and is ultimately influenced by. Her brother who is a jazz pianist, has also played a large part musically in her life. He's exposed her to a multitude of artists whose influence may presently be more audible in her compositions.
Most of her songs are thematic and story-line driven. The music, which utilizes classical, jazz and folk elements, is meant to contribute atmosphere, convey color, and enhance the lyrics while simultaneously incorporating catchy melodies and unique chord changes. Major influences include: Tom Waits, Faun Fables, Joanna Newsom, Final Fantasy, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Francisco Tarrega, Josephine Foster, Billy Holiday, Bette Carter, June Christy, Billy Childish, Tin Hat Trio, etc....

Discography

EP: ENTRANCE, Track1-The Doll is played on 88.1FM KZSC in Santa Cruz. It is also played on 88.9FM KXLU in Los Angeles, and is streamed on their website, as well as on other online radio stations such as killradio.org.

Set List

Foxtail's Brigade, The Ghost, The Doll, The Clown, Since the Day He left Me, Creeping Ophelia, Your Kiss, Twilight Green, Lolita, We'll Always Have the Moon, Entrance, All This Time, Rainy Day Blues, Carnival Song. Covers: La Vie En Rose, Sous le Ciel de Paris, Autumn Leaves, Angel Eyes, Tomorrow's Another Day, Tell Me More and More, Strange Fruit, P.S. I Love You, Our Day Will Come, Corcovado, Dindi, Alice, Another Man's Vine, Poor Edward, countless other jazz standards... My sets are usually around 40 minutes.