PIECE

PIECE

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandR&BAvant-garde

"Piece reflects on urban life with a powerful artistic stance: part participant, part observer." ~Tom Scanlon
SEATTLE TIMES

Biography

"THE WAR IS OVER" will be one of Piece’s most influential albums. Set to be released in 2014, Spreading feel good messages of celebration, love, peace, and creativity, all supported by compositions of live, mystical, urban music. Riding the wave of her second album STREET SMARTZ, which hailed the 2008 Hollywood Music Award /Best Hip Hop Producer, Piece will once again provide a genuine reflection of the beautiful, bitter reality, of life as an artist. This teacher, artist/composer, is blending up yet another cast of musicians, artitst's, and co-producers, to make the music of the future. Her lyrics are relentless, her message is intriguing, her music is bold and innovative, yet classic and all natural. An unsung shero, and one of the industries best kept secrets is breaking the chains of silence with
THE WAR IS OVER…

THE ARTIST and PRODUCER
Laura Piece is a true baroness of Arts and Culture. An internationally recognized spoken word poet, hip hop artist, singer/ song writer, and music producer from Seattle. After earning a permanent placement in the archives of the Jimi Hendrix Experience Music Project Museum, for founding Seattle's longest running jam session "Jumbablaya", Piece produced and released "Street Smartz: The Story of a True School B-girl". Street Smartz is the soundtrack to Piece's one woman play which represents Hip Hop through theater, music, and spoken word.

THE STREET POET
Her unique delivery and lyrical content is integrated with vintage jazz and Hip Hop. Piece has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and the documentary Underground Poets Railroad. She has been writing poetry and performing her work publicly since childhood in the Pike Place Market, and on into the beginning of Seattle's slam poetry movement, when she was crowned National Grand Slam Champion. Piece was also recently commissioned by the international non-profit organization, Seeds of Compassion, to write and perform a poem for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, when he visited Seattle.

EDUCATOR AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
Piece recently completed serving her second, 2 year term, as a Council appointed Arts Commissioner for the City of Seattle. Piece facilitates writing and music workshops for youth, and uses the arts as a way to help them express the realities of growing up in today's society. She has developed progressive curriculum around the culture of Hip Hop and Spoken Word for hands-on intensive camps where students create, perform and record their own work. Piece frequently lectures at schools and conferences on cultural, creative, and pedagogical topics.

Discography

"Street Smartz: The Story of a True School B-Girl"
The soundtrack to Piece's one woman play. Representing true Hip Hop through theater, music, spoken word, and her very own street style.
All of the tracks on the album Street Smartz were produced, arranged, composed, written and created by Piece, featuring the Queen's Ransom players.
Now available on Itunes!!!

Set List

SOUND AWAKE
WE DO THIS
STREET SMARTZ
PEACEKEEPERS
CALLING ALL STARS
(covers)
STOP CHILDREN
CIRCLE GAME
(anti war songs and some jazz standards)