Elizabeth Brown combines a composing career with a diverse performing life, playing flute, shakuhachi, and theremin in a wide variety of musical circles. Her music has been heard in Japan, Russia, Colombia, Australia, South Africa and Vietnam as well as across the US and Europe. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and Juilliard graduate, she has received grants, awards and commissions from Orpheus, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Newband, The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Barlow Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Japan/US Friendship Commission, Music from Japan, Meet the Composer, the Electronic Music Foundation, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Cary Trust, and NYFA. She has two solo CDs: Elizabeth Brown: Mirage (New World) and Blue Minor: Chamber Music by Elizabeth Brown (Albany). She has been Artist-in-Residence at the Hanoi National Conservatory and in Grand Canyon National Park, and a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy and at the MacDowell Colony.
Recent activities include performing as thereminist with the Boston Symphony; playing flute with the New York City Ballet Orchestra; touring Japan and the U.S. with her trio of two shakuhachi and ichigenkin (one-string koto); and premiering Dialect, for solo shakuhachi, at the World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 in London. Her music was also featured in shakuhachi festivals in Kyoto, Prague, Sydney, and New York City.
Notable pieces include the chamber opera Rural Electrification, for theremin, voice, and recorded sound; ongoing collaborations with artist Lothar Osterburg such as Piranesi, for theremin, string quartet, and video, and A Bookmobile for Dreamers, a forty-minute performance for theremin, recorded sound, and video; the installation Collected Visions, a collaboration with photographer Lorie Novak, which has been presented by the International Center of Photography in NYC, the Smithsonian Institution’s National African American Museum Project, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon; Delirium, Archipelago, and Seahorse, all featuring the original microtonal instruments of American composer/inventor Harry Partch; and numerous pieces for the Momenta Quartet, with whom she has an ongoing relationship. Brown’s flute music is performed worldwide. She is a native of Camden, Alabama where she grew up on an agricultural research station.
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