Composer, songwriter, and producer Jenny Taira was born and raised in Hawaii. She is co-founder of Musique à la Mode Chamber Music Ensemble and the Music at the Bowery Series in New York City’s East Village.
Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano who has performed her solo recital at such internationally-recognized venues as Carnegie Hall. Blind since birth, she is also a jewelry designer, and published author whose recent memoir Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight was received with critical acclaim.
Their debut single, “The Girl I Am” speaks to the isolation teenage girls often face when trying to fit in, uncertain of their futures. “The song is meant to give voice to the fears girls are afraid to confide in anyone,” says Rubin, “They need an anthem to reassure them that life does get better, a song to encourage them to understand their beauty which makes them unique, and will eventually make them confident, happy adults. I needed a song like that as a teenager, and so many of the teens we perform the song for tell us the song gives them hope.”
The pair met at the Yale School of Music, and took their partnership on the road, performing opera arias, art songs, and musical theater at such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and numerous other venues around the United States. Shortly after, they began programming their own music into the concerts, a decision met with much enthusiasm from their audiences nationwide. Last year, they were awarded the Lucas Artist Residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga California to begin work on writing, recording, and producing their new album.