"SHE'S MAD BUT SHE'S MAGIC. THERE'S NO LIE IN HER FIRE" CHARLES BUKOWSKI
WHEN I’M AN ANGEL
Artist website: lauriamusic.com
Artist Contact - 505-690-5907
Santa Fe’s Laurianne Fiorentino, now known as the artist Lauria has released her first studio CD “When I’m An Angel” with the help of 300 Kickstarter backers. This will be her sixth CD - the first five CDs are live-concert and experimental recordings. Lauria is originally from Massachusetts and is a UMASS, Amherst alumni.The name change signifies a new sound and vision for Lauria. This late-blooming boomer is now ready to send out some powerful evocative music: “Americana Soul”
"You got them to think! You got them to laugh! You got them to sing! How fabulous!" Odetta
Producer: John F. Rangel
Recording Engineer: John F. Rangel
Additional production: John Kurzweg
Mixing engineers: Pete Keppler and John Kurzweg
Mastering engineer: Bob Olhsson
Drums: Mark Clark and Joel Fadness
Trumpet: JQ Whitcomb
Backing vocals: Barbara Bentree
Piano & organ: John F. Rangel
Cello: Michael Kott
Contra bass: Asher Barreras
Mandolin: Tristan Scroggins
Lead acoustic guitar: Joey Wilson
Since the release of her debut solo live CD, “The Match” in 1997 (reissued as “Interview with The Planet” in 2008) Lauria has toured internationally and performed her brand of Americana Soul for film and theater soundtracks.
“There's no whinging or finger-pointing here. Just music that's honest and challenging...with a tinge of humor. Check out the spoken-word title track with the twisted blues-band-from-hell backing track.” Reporter review of “The Match”
REPUBLIC OF FIORENTINO - Singer-songwriter Laurianne Fiorentino has always brought a certain panache to her work, an undeniable passion that pulsates outwardly from her guitar and right into your freaking heart. It’s how she was able to crowd-fund her new album When I’m An Angel, with the help of hundreds of fans. She put together a killer back-up band, tapped jazz stalwart John Rangel for production and assembled a genre-defying set of textured rock-meets-soul-meets-jazz(ish) songs. “No shoe-gazing here,” Fiorentino, who now goes by Lauria, says. “Just a passionate dance through a festival of genres.” Amen Sister.SANTA FE REPORTER (Alex De Vore) March 1, 2017
Playing keyboards as a preschooler, Laurianne sprouted up through the dense forest of six brothers in an Italian family north of Boston, MA. Her mother from an agrarian Lithuanian family two hours west of Boston brought her vinyl records of international childrens music and immersed her into the mysterious world of nature and the elements. These along with older siblings' 60s pop and folk 33 LPs strewn across the living-room floor provided a diverse musical resource to paw through. From the age of nine onward, Lauria dove into organ lessons head-first and never really surfaced from the world of sound and word. Self-taught on guitar and bracketed harmonica from age eleven, there was not enough time in the day to decipher pop music chords from lyrics printed in grocery-store Pop Music Magazines.
At the University of Massachusetts, she completed three years of classical music education focussing on theory and jazz voice. For more than a decade after that, Lauria played electric bass for local country, rock, blues and R&B bands that infused their shows with comedy and dance. In the early nineties, she left everything she knew behind and moved to the foothills of the Rockies north of Santa Fe, NM. There in the solitude of the high desert, she began documenting a life of contemplation and observation of realms internal and external. Her work developed into Americana Soul music - ancient yet modern.
Delivering a musical experience bordering on ritual and ceremony, nominated for Artist Of The Year by the Nat’l Acad. Of Songwriters (LA), Critics’Choice at NXNE (Toronto) and FolKrawl (Memphis), festival hit at The First Southern Roots & Blues Festival (Tasmania, Australia). Bamboo flute, harmonica, and invented vocal music has been included in movie and live theater soundtracks.
One of the best performers on the scene"
LOBBY BAR PRESS, CORK, IRELAND
"A deep, old presence that reminds me of Leadbelly...more dynamics and power than some entire bands of talented musicians"
“The young lady is splendid! She gets you to sing along in call & response and when that happens, the music is healing you. So, she’s a healer too, just in case you didn’t notice!”
"Being part of a Laurianne Fiorentino performance is to be gently guided from the everyday to a plane of beauty and understanding that presents to us the possibilities of the psycho-spiritual worlds we all seek with our beings." SEAN LA ROCHE
"An artist unafraid to follow her instincts"
DIRTY LINEN ROOTS & WORLD MUSIC MAGAZINE
"Fiorentino has an un-orthodox voice that can go from a growl to a wail to a whisper. Her songs feature stunningly origianl lyrics, complex rhythms, honesty, and (surprisingly!) hilarity -
almost all at once."
MEMPHIS FOLKCRAWL COMMITTEE
THE SONG HOMELAND REFERS TO A PLACE OF ORIGINALITY THAT MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE A GEOGRAPHICAL PLACE, BUT A PLACE DEEP IN THE CORE.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
DON'T BECOME A SINGER LIKE YOUR COUSIN MARIA - GIVEN TO ME BY MY PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER WHEN I WAS 11. I NEVER MET MARIA AND NEVER HEARD OF HER UNTIL THEN.
4: What was your first concert?
PLAYING THE ORGAN AT AGE 11 IN MY KIVING ROOM TO GUESTS.
5: What/where is the best road food?
FRESH ORGANIC FRUIT AND CHEESE
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
LESS IS MORE
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
THE HUMAN HEARTBEAT AND AL JARREAU...OH AND MY FIRST BOYFRIEND.