Artist: Moira Smiley

Singer/composer Moira Smiley travels the world as a performer and song collector. Her earliest influences were American shape-note hymnody, Irish and Russian folksongs and the piano music of Bach, Bartók and Debussy. In her late teens, she began traveling to learn songs – sitting at the knees of traditional singers in the U.K., Ireland and Europe. She’s taken her voice, accordion and banjo across the planet, touring with artists like tUnE-yArDs, SOLAS, Billy Childs, The Lomax and Folklife Projects, KITKA, Theatre Of Voices and The Lyris String Quartet. She’s become a well-known choral composer, with millions of singers singing her work worldwide, and premieres including The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Lux Aeterna” in The Walt Disney Concert Hall. She’s been featured on BBC Radio 3, at TED Conferences, and on NPR, PBS and ABC Australia’s “Books & Art” program. Moira has received praise from Billboard to Gramophone for her voice and writing.

Moira Smiley
Based:
Vermont

Recordings:
Producer/ Writer/ Singer - SoloUnzip The Horizon (2018)Rua (2005)Producer/ Writer/ Singer - with VOCOLaughter Out Of Tears (2013)Small Worlds (2009)Circle Square Diamond & Flag (2007)Blink (2006)Singer/ Arranger - Jayme Stone’s Lomax/Folklife ProjectFolklife (2017)The Lomax Project (2014)Singer/ Arranger - Theatre of Voices/Arvo PärtI Am The True Vine (1999)Carols of Old & New Worlds (1998)Singer/ Arranger - Sinfonye The Complete Hildegard Von Bingen (2001), Vol. 3Singer/ Arranger - KITKA The Rusalka Cycle (2005)Wintersongs (2003)

Awards:

Meet The Composer Award

Barbara Thornton Memorial Fellowship

Durfee Fellowship

National A Cappella Championship


Education:

Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music


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