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, world and classical music-- into her captivating soundscape. Her inspirations come from her diverse experiences and interests; often drawing from her travels, and 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 as they develop their many-colored musical tapestry.
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. She received her BA in African Studies from Brown University. Elizabeth has also been a member of the Brazilian drumming group, The Berkshire Bateria for 10 years, where she has studied with Sambista, Jim Weber.
In addition to teaching composition and piano privately, she has been an adjunct professor for 11 years 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, José 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.
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