Pianist, composer and producer Lawrence Sieberth is at home in virtually any musical setting. While based in jazz, Lawrence’s musical vision is not limited by genre barriers — he prefers to integrate the many facets of music and performance into an engaging, inclusive experience. His own neo-bop improvisations and experimental inclinations combine with his classical and world music influences providing an extensive musical vocabulary for both performances and compositions for television, film and stage.
Lawrence Sieberth’s transcendent album ‘New New Orleans’ finds him literally center stage, a solo piano set wherein traditional New Orleans jazz pieces get a brilliant surveying with some judicious modern overtones sprinkled throughout them. That same year saw the far side of the spectrum via 'Arkipelago', an album exploring the area(s) where the ethereal overlaps with the earthy, where fevered fantasy coalesces with funk, the Second Line strolls Alpha Centauri. In a recent album ‘It’s Magic’ in collaboration with singer Germaine Bazzle, Sieberth’s exemplary skills as accompanist come to the fore, the notes dangling from his fingertips as if they were dipped in honey. ‘Silhouettes’, featuring his quartet, explores the acoustic side of contemporary jazz and his recent explorations into fiery afro-cuban and funk rhythms are exemplified on his recording ‘Estrella Banda’, both albums featuring his own compositions and pianistic technical prowess.
His local ensembles vary from New Orleans traditional to questing improvisations, from the avant-garde to mainstream jazz and R&B. He has performed at virtually every venue in New Orleans, from small clubs to the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival where he has been a regular featured artist and musical director of over 30 years. His collaborations with notable local performers include Johnny Adams, Charles Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Tony Dagradi, John Vidacovich, Herlin Riley, Victor Goines, Don Vappie and Jason Marsalis.
He presently performs and tours with Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz band, Germaine Bazzle and Lena Prima (daughter of the legendary Louis Prima).
Lawrence Sieberth has been a commissioner on the Louisiana Music Commission and was honored by New Orleans Magazine as outstanding contemporary jazz pianist. His CD Heartstrings was a finalist in Jazziz magazine’s ‘Keyboards on Fire’ special issue. Lawrence has received numerous grants including the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award and Asante Award and is a recent recipient of the Community Partnership Grant sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
His productions credits as music director and arranger include ‘The Joint’s Jumpin’, a New Orleans R&B Revue, ‘The Warehouse Revisited’, a rock retrospective, ‘Bessie’, the Emmy award winning HBO film featuring Queen Latifah and most recently the Grammy nominated film ‘Mudbound’.
He has performed with a varied list of international notables that include Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hamid Drake, Roseanna Vitro, Badal Roy, Carlos Malta, Maria Marquez, Aashish Khan, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony and the Baton Rouge Symphony.
His compositional achievements include ‘Booker & Black’, a multimedia collaboration with Jon Graubarth honoring the music of James Booker and James Black, composer of the soundtrack for the 1996 Olympic Passing of the Torch, compositional collaborations with Dicky Landry for the Robert Wilson Modern Dance Co. as well as musical director and arranger for Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Robert Parker and other New Orleans R&B legends.
For his latest commissions from the Marigny Opera House Dance Company, Lawrence has composed and performed ‘Dance Of the Dreamers’ & ‘Aguas de Dezembro’, choreographed by Diogo De Lima, the latter winning the New Orleans’ Classical Arts award for ‘Best Dance Performance’.
Lawrence Sieberth was formerly adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at both the University of New Orleans and Loyola University at New Orleans, teaching courses in jazz piano, theory, arranging and improvisation.