"a deep-flowing river of a voice" (Sing Out! magazine)
For many years, Diane Taraz has been writing her own songs and breathing new life into traditional ones. With dry wit and a light touch she explains 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 in her own unique style.
On her recordings and in concert, Diane delves into fascinating corners of music, drawing inspiration from Celtic, British, French-Canadian, and American folk, plus blues and jazz. Her historic programs use the music of various times to explore a range of subjects, including the American Revolution, the Civil War, and women's history.
"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 & Innovation, Waltham, Mass.
Diane is on the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, based in New York City.
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 both soprano and alto (though not at the same time) 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.
Singles on the way!
"I am releasing four new singles over the next two months. The first is Suitcase Full of Knives, a pandemic song that captures the mood of the time. Check it out! On February 1 watch for Dream Lover, followed by The Aggravation Tango and If Ever I Would Leave You. They feature the exquisite artistry of Peter Tillotson on bass, Billy Novick on sax or clarinet, and Larry Luddecke on piano.
"My First Saturday concerts continue; get the Zoom link by writing firstname.lastname@example.org. Each show has a theme -- click Performance schedule, to see 'em.
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