"a deep-flowing river of a voice" (Sing Out! magazine)
For years, Diane Taraz has been writing her own original songs and breathing new life into traditional ones. She brings a dry wit and a light touch to explain the intricacies of her music. Audiences listen entranced as she sings a cappella, a challenging style at which she excels. Dirty Linen magazine calls her a "fine, inventive guitarist" and she plays lap dulcimer with equal passion.
On her CDs and in concert, Diane delves into fascinating corners of music. She draws inspiration from Celtic, British, French-Canadian, and American folk, plus blues and jazz. Performing live, she presents historic programs that focus on the American Revolution, the Civil War, and other eras.
"Diane does an extraordinary job weaving together history and performing arts through
storytelling and beautiful song. Her meticulous research, musicianship, engaging presence, sense of
humor, period costumes, and professionalism allow her audience to lose themselves in a delightful
experience that transports them to another time. New England historical sites and history buffs are incredibly
fortunate to have Diane Taraz in our midst to bring our past to life!"
-- Robert A. Perry, Executive Director, Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham, Mass.
Born in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, Diane has long made her home in the Boston area. She directs the Lexington Historical Society's Colonial Singers (click on the name to visit) and sings with Vox Lucens, a 12-member a cappella Renaissance choir (click on the name for more), and the UUlations, a women's a cappella group.
"My second recording of standards, Let's Misbehave! includes that title track, plus such classics as "Georgia on My Mind," "God Bless the Child," "Someone to Watch Over Me" in French, and Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'. "
Billy Novick plays clarinet and sax, Bill Reynolds bashes the drumkit, Larry Luddecke tickles the ivories, Peter Tillotson massages the bass and toots the Sousaphone, and Mike Duke caresses the guitar strings. Recorded live at Eric Kilburn's Wellspring Sound, with old-school mics and a brilliant grand piano."
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