Tuesday, August 07, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Elizabeth & The Catapult
As befits someone who grew up in the musically rich area of Greenwich Village in New York, singer, songwriter and pianist Elizabeth Ziman's music is an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, R & B and pop. She was a regular on the New York indie music scene before making her major label debut with Taller Children in 2009. After childhood piano lessons, Elizabeth performed with the Young Peoples Chorus of New York City. She studied classical composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston after earning a scholarship. She earned the 2001 ASCAP Lieber & Stoller scholarship for the song Like Water Is To Sand. Elizabeth's original plan was to get into film scoring. But in 2002, Patti Austin came to Berklee looking for backup singers for an upcoming tribute to Ella Fitzgerald tour. Elizabeth toured with Patti for a year and a half and it got her interested in jazz and soul. When she returned, she met Via Audio drummer Dan Molad at a party. He recruited guitarist Pete Lalish and the three Berklee students formed a band. At first they recorded as The Elizabeth Ziman Band in 2004 and then changed it to Elizabeth & The Catapult for a 2006 independently released EP. After they were featured as the Billboard Underground Artist for Oct. 2006, they signed with Verve Forecast Records. The band went to Omaha to work with producer Mike Mogis. He is a member of Bright Eyes and Monsters Of Folk and has produced Kilo Riley, Tilly and the Wall and others. Taller Children was released in 2009. They got some attention when they were featured on NPR's All Things Considered. Lalish left and Elizabeth and Dan went to Austin to record the 2010 CD The Other Side Of Zero with producer Tony Berg. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings appeared on the album. It appears that Molad has since split and I would expect Verve to repackage Elizabeth Zeman as a solo artist. The talent and potential are there. She could be big in the Adult Alternative market. Here's the video for Taller Children by Elizabeth & The Catapult.