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LIZ MEREDITH

Liz Meredith solo performance: violin/electronics. Baltimore MD, 2014.

LIZ MEREDITH | LP & THE DISPOSITION OF VIBRANT FORMS | 5 LP SET (Work Samples)

Recording Excerpts: Tracks 1 & 2. Liz Meredith LP, sides A and B. Liz Meredith - processed viola and electronics, cover art. Tracks 3 & 4. The Disposition of Vibrant Forms 5 LP set. Could Dance and Precession (in time). Liz Meredith - viola and electronics. John Somers - guitar, laptop, electronics. Cara Levy - album artwork.

LIZ MEREDITH & TIMOTHY WISNIEWSKI | THE MAGIC SWORD (Film Score)

The Magic Sword Carol Shenk, ca. 1980, Super 8, color, silent with new score by Liz Meredith and Timothy Wisniewski Location: San Diego County, California Shown at Home Movie Day Seattle Film scan by Movette Film Transfer Film courtesy of Carol Shenk Copyright Carol Shenk

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Baltimore City - Highlandtown A&E District

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Liz Meredith is a violist, violinist, improviser, and composer from Baltimore, MD. Her music explores intersections between acoustic chamber music, instrumental improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, and ambient music. Liz’s recent projects include a solo album, The Disposition of Vibrant Forms, a 5 LP set in collaboration with John Somers, and work as an artist/designer for boutique effects pedal company Vaux Flores. In addition to performing her own music, Liz has premiered new works by... more

Liz Meredith | Press : Images : Photographs

Press Clips:

The Disposition of Vibrant Forms, 5 LP Box Set
(Best of Baltimore Award: Best Box Set)
"2013 Best of Baltimore." Baltimore City Paper Vol. 37, No. 38 (September 18-25, 2013).

Liz Meredith LP (Top 10)
"2012 Top Ten Local Experimental and Avant-Garde Albums." Baltimore City Paper Vol. 36, No. 50 (December 12-19th, 2012).

Liz Meredith LP (review)
Bret McCabe, "Booed Music: What's up with Avant-Garde and Experimental." Baltimore City Paper, (2012).

  • LIZ MEREDITH

    Liz Meredith solo performance: violin/electronics. Baltimore MD, 2014.
  • CITY PAPER | 2012 TOP TEN ISSUE

    Liz Meredith LP, "2012 Top Ten Local Experimental and Avant-Garde Albums". Baltimore City Paper Vol. 36, No. 50 (December 12-19th, 2012).
  • CITY PAPER | 2012 TOP TEN ISSUE

    Liz Meredith LP, "2012 Top Ten Local Experimental and Avant-Garde Albums". Baltimore City Paper Vol. 36, No. 50 (December 12-19th, 2012).
  • CITY PAPER | 2013 BEST OF BALTIMORE AWARD

    BEST BOX SET: THE DISPOSITION OF VIBRANT FORMS, LIZ MEREDITH AND JOHN SOMERS
  • CITY PAPER | 2013 BEST OF BALTIMORE ISSUE

    BEST BOX SET: THE DISPOSITION OF VIBRANT FORMS, LIZ MEREDITH AND JOHN SOMERS "Ambient noise is typically the sort of thing people can only take in small doses—if they can take it at all. Ambient noise as long-form jam? In a box set of five LPs? You might need one hand to count all the die-hard fans for that. All of which makes violinist/composer Liz Meredith and guitarist/composer John Somers The Disposition of Vibrant Forms a minor miracle: five side-long tracks of warm, amorphous ooze that engages the brain as much as it pleases the senses.
  • SUNNY DISPOSITION: LIZ MEREDITH AND JOHN SOMERS GO EPIC ON 5 LP BOX SET

    “The Disposition of Vibrant Forms is an epic release in every sense of the word. It’s also quite frequently breathtakingly gorgeous, a recording that rewards spending the time it takes to drink it in. […] Each piece is an example of extreme subtlety, music that works in different ways at low or intense volumes and becomes borderline hallucinogenic through headphones. What can initially sound like a snail’s plodding journey also carries these little dancing tones in clusters, and the ear begins to seek them out patiently.
  • SUNNY DISPOSITION: LIZ MEREDITH AND JOHN SOMERS GO EPIC ON 5 LP BOX SET

    "Somers (left), and Meredith (right) would rather suffocate than risk over-exposure." Press photograph. Michael Northrup, Baltimore City Paper Vol. 37, No.12 (March 20-27, 2013).
  • SUNNY DISPOSITION: LIZ MEREDITH AND JOHN SOMERS GO EPIC ON 5 LP BOX SET

    John Somers (left), Liz Meredith (right). Press photograph. Michael Northrup, Baltimore City Paper Vol. 37, No.12 (March 20-27, 2013).

Liz Meredith | LP | Solo Project

"Last month, local violinist and composer Liz Meredith released a self-titled LP featuring two luxuriant, sidelong immersions into subtly shifting moods. Surprisingly, it's her first proper solo outing and it features two pieces she's been working over the past decade. This debut is surprising only because it feels like Meredith has become a versatile presence in local avant music, plying her string brio in High Zero/Red Room lineups and delivering hypnotic solo sets-surely she's set sound to wax sometime before? Turns out she hasn't, instead spending the last decade impressively honing her skills and ideas: She studied viola with the Kronos Quartet's Hank Dutt and composition with Fred Frith, the British guitarist who put the wiggy beauty and gnarled thrusts into Henry Cow, the Art Bears, and Naked City. Well, her patience has paid off. Liz Meredith is a gorgeous plunge into a plaintive mood, a place where rising and falling electronic textures and drawn-out viola lines cast soothing shadow plays on the brain. The glistening Side B clings to the ears the longest, the sound of a slow, cinematic fade-out that takes nearly 20 minutes to move from a tight close-up to a widescreen vista, every increment recalibrating the emotional kick of the image being branded on the mind's eye".

- Bret McCabe, Baltimore City Paper (2012)

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Liz Meredith, s/t LP
1. A (20:28)
2. B (17:42)

Record:
Liz Meredith LP (Limited Edition 12" Vinyl Record)
Album packaged in original artwork by Liz Meredith. Record pressed to dark turquoise blue marble colored vinyl. Includes free digital download of entire album (CD quality). Limited edition / 300 copies.

On Bandcamp:
www.lizmeredith.bandcamp.com

On iTunes:
www.itunes.apple.com/us/album/liz-meredith/id563392474

Album Credits:
Released October 11th, 2012
Liz Meredith [Viola, Objects, Electronics]
John Somers [Mixing, Sound Design]
Carl Saff [Vinyl & Digital Mastering]

Album artwork by Liz Meredith
All music composed, performed, and produced by Liz Meredith
Material recorded intermittently between the years 2003-2009 in Boston, MA ~ San Francisco, CA ~ Baltimore, MD

© 2012 Liz Meredith www.lizmeredith.com

Catalog #: LM0001
ISRC Codes: QM-S4R-12-00001 QM-S4R-12-00002

  • LIZ MEREDITH | LP

    "Liz Meredith self-titled LP [features] two luxuriant, sidelong immersions into subtly shifting moods. [Its] a gorgeous plunge into a plaintive mood, a place where rising and falling electronic textures and drawn-out viola lines cast soothing shadow plays on the brain.
  • LIZ MEREDITH | LP

    LP record artwork (back). Album artwork: Liz Meredith.
  • LIZ MEREDITH

    Liz Meredith solo performance: violin/electronics. Baltimore MD, 2014.
  • LIZ MEREDITH

    Liz Meredith solo performance: violin/electronics. Baltimore MD, 2014.
  • LIZ MEREDITH | LP

    Track 2. B (17:42)
  • LIZ MEREDITH | LP

    Track 1. A (20:28)
  • LIZ MEREDITH

    Liz Meredith solo performance: viola/electronics. Baltimore MD, 2012.
  • LIZ MEREDITH | VISUALS

    Video. Artwork/Visuals: Liz Meredith. Liz Meredith solo performance with Andrea Parkins (NYC), and Janel Leppin (D.C). Sonic Circuits Series, Silverspring, MD (2014).

The Disposition Of Vibrant Forms | 5 LP Box Set | Liz Meredith and John Somers

"This month, Meredith and Somers self-released The Disposition of Vibrant Forms, a five-LP box set of ambient textures and droning soundscapes. [...] Yes, that's right: five LPs, a single piece of music per side, total running time 181 minutes and 28 seconds. [..] The Disposition of Vibrant Forms is an epic release in every sense of the word. It’s also quite frequently breathtakingly gorgeous, a recording that rewards spending the time it takes to drink it in. […] Each piece is an example of extreme subtlety, music that works in different ways at low or intense volumes and becomes borderline hallucinogenic through headphones. What can initially sound like a snail’s plodding journey also carries these little dancing tones in clusters, and the ear begins to seek them out patiently. Such minute alterations, like a window’s lights coming on in Warhol’s Empire, occur over such elongated time periods that they accrue a dramatic impact. […] ‘Montebello Lake’ parts I and II suggest late-afternoon sunlight slowly drifting into dusk. Meredith’s viola lines trace long drones that capture that levitating twilight when the sun sets yet the sky remains bathed in light. Somers’ guitar textures get smeared into long shadows, and the piece concludes in a ringing tone of night’s arrival, that reminder that dark has imperceptibly swallowed the sky and it’s time to head home.”

- Bret McCabe, Baltimore City Paper (2013)

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Liz Meredith and John Somers, The Disposition of Vibrant Forms
5 LP Box Set
1. Wind Harp - Part I
2. Wind Harp - Part II
3. Forward Motion
4. Resonant Flow
5. Montebello Lake - Part I
6. Montebello Lake - Part II
7. Overarcing
8. Slow Lift
9. Cloud Dance
10. Precession (In Time)

Records:
Limited edition 12" records (5 LP set). High quality lathe-cut "Geraldine pressings" (NZ). Records pressed to clear translucent polycarbonate, with multi-color center label artwork by Cara Levy.

On Bandcamp:
www.thedispositionofvibrantforms.bandcamp.com

Album Credits:
Released 20 March 2013
Music composed and produced by John Somers and Liz Meredith. Album artwork and design by Cara Levy. c. 2013

Liz Meredith & Timothy Wisniewski | The Magic Sword (Film Score)

The Magic Sword
Carol Shenk, ca. 1980, Super 8, color, silent with new score by Liz Meredith and Timothy Wisniewski
Location: San Diego County, California
Shown at Home Movie Day Seattle

Film scan by Movette Film Transfer
Film courtesy of Carol Shenk
Copyright Carol Shenk

Thanks to: Carol Shenk, Hannah Palin, Philip Borgnes

About the Film

I made this film in a summer school animation class when I was about 10 (that would be around 1980). I remember feeling slightly embarassed that my partner and I had chosen a fairy tale theme for our project, feeling like I was too old for princesses and knights and dragons. But I remember having a lot of fun making the fire and it makes me laugh now to see all the other attempts at details like the horse getting bigger as it gallops down the hill and rearing up with fishing line. It was great fun showing this at Home Movie Day at Northwest Film Forum in 2013, especially that the children in the audience kept asking to see it replayed backwards!
– Carol Shenk

About the Music

In keeping with the inspired youthful DIY aesthetic of the film, its fantasy/renaissance theme, and the era of its creation (the era of our early childhood, the 1980s) we decided to record the score using instrumentation evocative of low bit fantasy video games (Casio keyboard, drum machine, electrified violin) onto an old four track cassette recorder—an homage to the analog consumer media of the 1980s. A spring drum over a microphone with copious amounts of reverb provided the fake dragon fire/thunder sounds. The jumpy continuity of the film led us naturally to a collage-based approach to the composition—visible splices marking clear breaks between “reality” (stationary establishing scenes) and “fantasy” (stop motion animated sequences) provided an ideal visual turnabout, allowing us to jump comfortably between composed themes and more frenetic improvised cues in such a short score.

– Liz Meredith and Timothy Wisniewski

  • LIZ MEREDITH & TIM WISNIEWSKI [FILM SCORE] | THE MAGIC SWORD

    THE MAGIC SWORD Carol Shenk, ca. 1980, Super 8, color, silent with new score composed by Liz Meredith and Timothy Wisniewski Location: San Diego County, California Shown at Home Movie Day Seattle Film scan by Movette Film Transfer Film courtesy of Carol Shenk Copyright Carol Shenk Thanks to: Carol Shenk, Hannah Palin, Philip Borgnes See the Center for Home Movies' "Home Grown Movies" project for more information. homegrownmovies.org
  • LIZ MEREDITH & TIMOTHY WISNIEWSKI [FILM SCORE] | THE MAGIC SWORD

    "In keeping with the inspired youthful DIY aesthetic of the film, its fantasy/renaissance theme, and the era of its creation (the era of our early childhood, the 1980s) we decided to record the score using instrumentation evocative of low bit fantasy video games (Casio keyboard, drum machine, electrified violin) onto an old four track cassette recorder—an homage to the analog consumer media of the 1980s. A spring drum over a microphone with copious amounts of reverb provided the fake dragon fire/thunder sounds.

Liz Meredith | Improviser & Instrumentalist

Improviser and instrumentalist on violin, viola, and electronics. Select performances include:

Towson University New Music Ensemble
Lume Von: Composition by Will Redman
Jon Birkholz - piano
Zack Branch - cello
Patrick Crossland - trombone
John Dierker - bass clarinet
Liz Meredith - viola
Shelly Purdy - percussion
Live performance, Towson University. Towson, MD. October 21, 2015.

2010 High Zero Festival
Karen Borca - bassoon

Hans Koch - bass clarinet
Liz Meredith - viola
Michael Muniak - feedback
Tuna Pase - voice, flute, laptop electronics
Baltimore, Maryland. September 24, 2010.

  • TOWSON UNIVERSITY NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE | WILL REDMAN | LUM VON

    Towson University, 10/21/15 New Music Ensemble Lume Von: Composition by Will Redman Jon Birkholz - piano Zack Branch - cello Patrick Crossland - trombone John Dierker - bass clarinet Liz Meredith - viola Shelly Purdy – percussion
  • 2010 HIGH ZERO FESTIVAL (Part 2)

    2010 High Zero Festival Karen Borca - bassoon Hans Koch - bass clarinet Liz Meredith - viola Michael Muniak - feedback Tuna Pase - voice, flute, laptop electronics Baltimore, Maryland. September 24, 2010.

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