Elizabeth Adams


Elizabeth Adams’ chamber music for small audiences often critiques or models social dynamics and exchanges of power. She looks at every neighbor (you!) as a potential critic, composer, and performer of our musical and social environments. In New York City, she and the Orfeo Duo co-founded the Garden Performance Project, a community-garden-based workshop of recycling, instrument-building, composition and performance; and Songlines, a collaborative mapping of neighborhoods in song. At the CUNY Grad Center, she is just starting her dissertation, entitled “Speaking of Consequences: Contemporary Music for Political Discourse.” She teaches composition for activists at the School For Designing A Society, and composition for micro-tonalists at Xenharmonic Praxis Summer Camp. In 2011 she co-founded an experimental chamber ensemble called Praxis.