Updates from Lisa Ann Marsh

The Light of Music

February 8, 2019
The Light of Music

The Machine

January 24-27, 2018

The Machine


Tuesday, February 8, 2019

Program Notes:

The Wave - Wind and water have carved the sandstones in this area of Northern Arizona over millions of years. The wavelike patterns left behind are like none other on the planet. Time as a signpost is appreciated as one moves slowly over and through the geologic eras.

Horseshoe Canyon - Deep in the canyon, miles from civilization, we viewed pictographs from Native Americans dating as far back as 2,000 B.C. The luminous figures, approachable yet distant, stared out at us.

Orkney - The heart of Neolithic Orkney is a group of 5,000-year-old sites on the mainland including rings of giant stones and preserved ancient villages. The strength and heritage of the Pics/Scots are reflected in the landscape.


March 3, 2018


Program Notes: Frettoloso

"Frettoloso" is Italian for hurried. From the moment we awake out of peaceful slumber we are rocketed into a world of frenetic energy that propels us through our lives with little time or space for human connections. With chaotic conflicting meters, searing glissandos and pounding rhythms, this string quartet gives sonic expression to the hurried pace of our modern life.

Program Notes: Connectivity

Woven into the frustration and antagonism of our time are many common emotional threads connecting human beings. This three-movement piece explores emotions we all share: Love, Fear and Hope. It is scored for amplified viola, electric piano/synthesizer, percussion, and a dancer. The power of love is expressed in the first movement with strains of a famous love song and a heartbeat motive. Fear is love's greatest enemy. The second movement expresses this strong emotion.  We fear for our lives, our children's future, and the health of our planet. Bombs drop; machine guns fire, and we seek cover- often in isolation. I have included a rhythmic motive Ravel used in one of his most frightening pieces. Finally Hope brings peace and purpose to a troubled world. The cycle ends with a rousing jig; inspired by the Scottish people I met last summer whose lives celebrate family and history.

I have incorporated a special instrument for this piece. The thunder sheet was created by Joe Johnson, using a metal sheet composed of brass and copper that he hammered to create different sound effects.

Christina Ebersohl contributed to the creation of this piece by exploring sounds of bombs and machine guns on her amplified viola. Our dancer, my niece Christina Wolken, choreographed her dance from Seattle, using audio tracks we sent her. Ellen Blazich will paint the dancer the day of the show, adding a stunning visual element to this piece.

Fire and Ice

Friday, April 28, 2017 & Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fire & Ice

Program Notes: Will We Remember

I wrote these songs for my daughters and for all future generations to help them remember the beauty of the glaciers and our role as stewards of this planet. The music is directly inspired by the poetry of Deborah Buchanan- the lyrics for this song cycle. Sound effects for the first two songs, "Deep in the Veins" and "Blue the Color of Eyes," were chosen to evoke the icy glaciers disseminating into water and include an ice xylophone created by Joe Johnson. "Pollen Adrift," the third song, opens with the sounds of Native American water drums, created for this song cycle by Michael Heralda. The last song, "They Once Lived Here'" contains motives derived from the Selk'nam people's chants I heard on a Smithsonian recording and translated into melodies. Their tribe is now extinct.

Forces of Nature - CD Release - Two Nights

Friday, April 28, 2017 & Saturday, April 29, 2017

Forces of Nature

Burn After Listening: Fire and Ice

Friday, April 28, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017

735 NW 18th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209

General: $20 advance/$25 @ door
Students: $10 advance/$12 @ door
VIP package: $40 (advance purchase only)
Standing room may be released @ door only: $10 (limited availability)

Visit Design Week Portland for tickets and information.

The Amusement

June 25, 2016

The Amusement

The Amusement, Act I

  • Miserere- Polyhymnia and Chorus
  • Arthur's Motto- Arthur
  • Arthur's Motto Interlude- Arthur, Erato, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Polyhymnia

The Amusement Fantasie

March 11, 2016

Lisa Ann Marsh, composer

Living Local

March 11, 2016

Living Local

Dark Waters

December 2015

Lisa Ann Marsh, composer and conductor; Benjamin Leinfelder, flute; Tatiana Kolchanova, violin; Hannah Hillebrand, cello; Jackie Miclau, piano; Tyler Bragg, percussion

Perceptions of Sound

January 2016

Perceptions of Sound


Performance of "Counting Again, Beginning at One" from the Perception of Sound Concert


Crazy Jane Prevails

November 2015

Crazy Jane Prevails


Desert Etudes

January 2015

Lisa Ann Marsh, piano. Cascadia Composers January Jubilation concert 1/24/15 in Portland, Oregon.

La Mer Plastique

November 2014

Lisa Ann Marsh, synthesizer and instruments en plastique; 
Bonnie Miksch, musique concrète and instruments en plastique.
Premiered at the Crazy Jane Inner Nature concert 11/14/14 at Portland State University.


October 2014

Newly Released: Serpentine
Written for the John Cage prepared piano
Performed October 2012 at PSU

Listen to a sample

John Cage Piano

June 2014

My solo piano pieces "Along the Road" and "Hidden" will be performed at the Cascadia Composers "In Good Hands" concert.
Performance: Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Venue: Portland Piano Company 711 SW 14th Ave., Portland, OR 97201


January 11, 2014

The last movement of my Suite for Flute and Piano- “Changeling”- will be performed for the Cascadia “Lights Out Concert” in January, 2014 by Sydney Carlson and myself.
Performance: Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Venue: Temple Baptist Church, 1319 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97232


November 15, 2013 / Recorded live at Lincoln Hall, Portland, OR

"Distillation" is my plunge into writing for amplified instruments. It is a song based on a poem by Deborah Buchanan that uncovers the myriad of emotions we hide with laughter. Renée Favand-See's haunting voice was the inspiration for the melody, and Dustin Silva’s guitar wizardry informed the guitar part. It was premieres at the "Crazy Jane Misbehaves" concert in Portland, Oregon. November 15, 2013.

"Arthur and Urania" from the opera "aMusement"

June 24th, 2013 / Iowa State University

"Arthur and Urania" from the opera "aMusement", performed at Iowa State University June 24th, 2013. Performed by Melissa Malde, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Zeller, tenor; Stephen Caplan, oboe; David Nesmith, French Horn, and Lisa Ann Marsh, piano.

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