Lisa Cay Miller
Lisa Cay Miller

March 2011

Lisa  Cay  Miller  

composer, piano

“If the new improvisational movement means to convey the spirit of jazz without reiterating its stylistic clichés, then Vancouver-based pianist Lisa Miller deserves to be considered one of its leading lights.” J.D. Considine, The Globe and Mail

“Miller is one to watch.” Pat Buzby, Signal To Noise

“..the pianist possesses serious talent. Most impressive is how suggestive her pieces are- not in the lascivious sense, but in their quicksilver ability to evoke a variety of subtle emotions. Although Miller can attack the piano with Tyneresque force when necessary, she more frequently employs a light touch and an even lighter hand with tonality, playing with a kind of delicious ambiguity…” Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

Lisa Miller’s performance and composition style combines her interest in jazz, modern composition, and free improvisation in a vibrant and challenging context, using the improvisatory talents of the members of her ensembles, and her knowledge of contemporary practices. She performs with Eyvind Kang, Dylan van der Schyff, Peggy Lee, Jeremy Berkman, Jesse Zubot, Ron Samworth, Alita Dupary, Steve Smith, the NOW Orchestra, ion zoo, and stop time. Her CDs, The lisa miller octet: Sleep Furiously, The music of lisa miller: Q and The lisa miller Trio: open have received rave international reviews. They are available on green ideas records in Canada and can be found in Europe through No Man’s Land.

Her compositions have been premiered by The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Left Coast Ensemble and Ear play (San Francisco), Standing Wave, The Turning Point Ensemble and The Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society (Vancouver). She is currently working on an animation project with Marv Newland and the National Film Board of Canada and has written for film for CMJ Communications, Los Angeles), for the theatre, dance and for multimedia installation (with her ensemble edgeffect at Circus Maximus in collaboration with the experimental Music Collective, Inter_mission and ,butoh-a-go-go,).

Lisa Miller completed a Doctorate in music composition from the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Keith Hamel and Giorgio Magnanensi. She studied composition at San Francisco State University (Ron Caltibiano, Carlos Sanchez-Guttierrez), McGill University (Dennys Boulliane, Brian Cherney, and John Rea), the University of Calgary (Allan Bell) and jazz piano in New York City (Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen and Renee Rosnes).

Back to the overview <