Mirah performing at the Rio Theatre,
Santa Cruz, California, Jan. 2008
|Birth name||Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn|
September 17, 1974 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Phil Elvrum of The Microphones
Black Cat Orchestra
Ginger Brooks Takahashi
Mirah was born the youngest of three children. Most of her childhood was spent in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. She started writing music from a very young age, with her first song at four years old. When she was twelve, Mirah appeared on Double Dare, a television game show. "I actually used the money that I won on Double Dare to pay for the time I spent on the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament." She began performing at 18 when she moved to Olympia, Washington and attended Evergreen State College.
Mirah was previously a member of The Drivers, an all-female Olympia band. Mirah's music is featured in the documentary, Young, Jewish, and Left. In 2006, K Records released Joyride: Remixes, a re-mix album of other artists covering Mirah's songs. It features revisited versions by Guy Sigsworth, Electrosexual, Yacht... In July 2008, her song "The Garden" was featured in the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance". In October 2011, her song "Special Death" was featured in the TV show American Horror Story. Her latest album, (a)spera, was released on March 10, 2009.
In early 2010, Mirah performed with Thao Nguyen at the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco. The two later announced a 2010 North American tour, billed under the name Thao and Mirah With The Most of All. Mirah and Thao performed a collaborative set and shared vocal duties on each artist's respective songs. The two artists subsequently recorded and released a collaborative album entitled Thao and Mirah April 26, 2011 on Kill Rock Stars with production by Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards. The two toured in support of the album while working with Air Traffic Control, an organization that provides artists a platform for social activism.
Mirah identifies as queer. Her sister is Emily Ana Zeitlyn of The Weeds.
- 1999 - Mirah
- 2000 - You Think It's Like This but Really It's Like This
- 2001 - Advisory Committee
- 2004 - C'mon Miracle
- 2009 - (a)spera
- 1997 - Storageland
- 1999 - Parts of Human Desire EP
- 2001 - Small Sale EP
- 2002 - Cold Cold Water EP
- 2010 - Don't/The Tears That Fall EP
- 2003 - Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project (with Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Friends)
- 2004 - To All We Stretch the Open Arm (with Black Cat Orchestra)
- 2007 - Share This Place: Stories and Observations (with Spectratone International)
- 2011 - Thao + Mirah (with Thao Nguyen)
Collections and other releases
- 2006 - College Park Is Always Ready To Party (lo-fi concert recording)
- 2006 - Joyride: Remixes (remixes by other K Records artists)
- 2008 - The Old Days Feeling
- 2010 - Gone Are All The Days - Remixes EP
- SOUTHERN | mirah > biography
- neumu - "Waiting For Mirah's C'mon Miracle", edited by Michael Goldberg
- Jewish Film Archive Online
- Mirah and Thao to Tour Together
- "Thao and Mirah Team for Album | News". Pitchfork. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
- Wiederhorn, Jon (2011-12-04). "Music News & Features | Listen & Download MP3s". eMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
- Taking Root
- Official Site
- K Records Artist Page
- AMG Allmusic page
- 2008 Mirah Interview at Bandega.com
- Interview with Submerge Magazine, Sept. 2008
- Venus Zine Presents: "What's in my Bag?" with Mirah