Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & HEARD
The original repertoire of HEARD is the work of composer-arranger-pianist ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS who brings a wide array of styles --jazz, classical and world music-- into her captivating soundscape. Her inspirations come from her diverse experiences and interests and are often drawn from the raw and powerful sources that nature provides. Heard's dynamic and eclectic lineup of musicians provides Elizabeth with a multitude of talents and textures to compose for, and to perform with. Her current line-up includes area musicians Jon Greene, (woodwinds) John Menegon, (bass) Brian Melick, (percussion) and Zorkie Nelson. (West African percussion and vocals)
Elizabeth received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Jovino Santos Neto, Julian Priester and Jim Knapp.
In addition to teaching composition and piano privately, she is an adjunct professor in the Dance Department at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, where she works as a dance musician and composer-in-residence. Her collaborations with dancers have also led her to work with the NYC-based Mark Morris, Jose Limon, and Doug Varone Companies, and the NYC Ballet, as well as with the Capital-District based Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and Saratoga Springs' TangoFusion.
Elizabeth's music has been featured on the NPR programs Theme & Variations, and she is currently at work on her third cd. A release with writer/monologue artist David Greenberger's Duplex Planet project is also in the works for 2009.
Elizabeth also plays keyboards with the Brazilian group, The Berkshire Bateria, and with Joy Adler & The Souls of Evolution.