Flying on Instruments
Lisa Jane Lipkin is a piano-playing songstress with lyrics as poetic as they are perceptive, melodies as indelible as they are stirring, and a voice as passionate as it is soulful. Weaned on the Beatles & Mahler, schooled in rock, jazz & 60's soul, Lipkin has opened for Dar Williams, Shemekia Copeland, John Pizzarelli, Garnet Rogers, Beatlejuice (with Boston's Brad Delp), Tom Chapin, among others, in addition to being a featured performer at countless clubs, coffeehouses & concerts. Her brand new record is 'Flying on Instruments' which she co-produced with Richard Martinez (Across the Universe) and features guitarist Peter Calo (Carly Simon), drummer Doug Yowell (Duncan Sheik), bassist Mike Visceglia (Suzanne Vega) and a cast of talented others. "Flying on Instruments" reveals Lipkin's versatility as a singer/songwriter. She is equally comfortable declaring emotional war in 'I Do Now' as she is tenderly caressing the ballad "To Begin Again with You". Keen at singing about love and the loss thereof, Lipkin also aims to raise social consciousness in the passionate appeal "Does Anybody Hear?" Inspired by Kerry Kennedy's powerful book, "Speak Truth to Power", the song was written to open the New Hampshire premiere of "Voices from beyond the Dark", Ariel Dorfman's drama prompted by the work of Kennedy's organization "Speak Truth to Power". In addition to appearing on many compilations as well as other artists' recordings (Aksara, Sandi Kimmel & "Women, Spirit, Song"), Lipkin's songs, compositions and arrangements have won First Place in a New York State Contest for Environmental Awareness and appear in the soon-to-be-released documentary about Charlotte Bunch called "Passionate Politics." (Tami Gold) Her debut CD 'Raise the Honey' was hailed as "a body full of truth and emotion" and features "Jayme's Song" (theme song of "Jayme's Fund for Social Justice, NH based charity). Lipkin's second CD, 'A Prayer for Peace', is a journey through healing music with original songs, prayers and chants inspired by Jewish mysticism and praised as "haunting and beautiful, carefully and passionately put together". A Jersey-girl living in New York, Lipkin admits wanting her music to offer something positive and transformational. "I sing about life, all of it - up, down or in between - and in music as in life...truth rocks.'