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Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius - composer-pianist

HEARD
New World Jazz

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 gives Elizabeth a multitude of talents and textures to compose for, and to perform with.

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 Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo.

Elizabeth is currently a dance musician at Skidmore College, and worked in the Russell Sage College Dance Dept. for 12 years. 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, and with Saratoga Springs' TangoFusion. Her work with the Capital-District based Ellen Sinopoli Modern Dance Company has led to numerous Arts-in-Education Residencies in regional elementary schools. Elizabeth has also played keyboard and percussion with the Brazilian group The Berkshire Bateria for 12 years, as well as with vocalist/songwriter Joy Adler.

Elizabeth's music has been featured on the NPR programs “Theme & Variations”, "All Things Considered", "Echoes" and "Performance Place". She has self-produced 5 cds including Heard's most recent, FLYWAY, (April 2018) as well as a release with writer/monologue artist David Greenberger of the Duplex Planet entitled, "Never Give Up Study".

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