LILY KIARA - ACOUSTIC FOLK/POP

"Joni Mitchell meets Suzanne Vega"

Lily is an acoustic folk/pop singer/songwriter, writing sensory lyrics and melodies with a melancholic undertone. Her playing balances on thin lines between songs and poems. Songwriting, inspired by poets and the love for unfamiliar forms.

After music lessons in several instruments, she got her first guitar at fourteen. She started writing songs almost immediately. This gave a new swing to her poetry, which she has been writing since she was very young. Some words wanted to be in songs and others in poems.  Sometimes the distinction is not so clear and they find their way in between or in a hybrid of a song and a poem.

Lily Kiara has written songs since she got her first guitar at 14. In 1997 she started performing more (mostly in the USA at first) and in 2001 her first album No Alibi came out. She opened concerts for musicians such as Eric Anderson (Bob Dylan recorded his song 'Thirsty Boots'), Duke Garwood (Mark Lanegan), Jimmy Robinson (New Orleans) and Jennifer Terran (L.A.). She is member of the Amsterdam Songwriters Guild. Influences are among many others, Ani DiFranco, Laura Marling, John Martyn, Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones.

In 2006 she started her band The RIVER: Acoustic folk/pop songs with a bold mix of poetry and improvised music by one singer/songwriter, one poet and four innovative instrumentalists.

During several trips to the USA between 1997 and 2001, she had the chance to play in different places and shared gigs with local musicians, mostly in Seattle, often with moodblues musician J.R. Rhodes.
This was a great buzz to her music and she recorded her first cd in 2001, titled 'No Alibi'. In 2012 her EP 'pour me sweet' released at Sibyl Sings and in 2008 her solo album 'On This Ground'. An EP, 'South' with songs and poetry, came out in 2006.

In 2006 she started her band The RIVER: Acoustic folk/pop songs with a bold mix of poetry and improvised music by one singer/songwriter, one poet and four innovative instrumentalists.

Based in Amsterdam, but with a love for bringing her music to different contexts, places and people, she has played in venues and festivals in The Netherlands (Motel Mozaique, with a dance/music solo, Amsterdam Literary festival), Berlin, Seattle (incl. backing vocals for local moodblues singer jr, at Bumbershoot), New York (cd presentation at The Bowery Poetry Club), Adelaide (Joiner's Arms, radio shows) and Finland among others.

www.lilykiara.nl