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Lissa Meridan

Composer

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Born: 1972

Biography

Lissa Meridan (b.1972) is a New Zealand composer and sound artist. Her works include orchestral, chamber, vocal, filmscore, electroacoustic, gallery installations, live electronics and mixtures of the above.

Meridan studied composition at Auckland University before going on to become Director of the Lilburn Electroacoustic Music Studios at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington at the age of 28 years, where she led the Sonic Arts Programme and continued her composition and research until 2007. During this time she undertook a major research project in performance practice in electroacoustic composition, which culminated in the Australasian Computer Music Conference: Ghost in the Machine, which she chaired at Victoria University in July 2004.

Following a sabbatical year in Paris as Artist-in-Residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, she decided to leave her post at the University in order to concentrate fully on her composition work in Europe. She has been composing, teaching and performing at festivals and masterclasses in Paris and around Europe since.

Her piece a quiet fury for Symphony Orchestra and Live Electronics was selected for the 2010 International Rostrum of Composers, an annual forum organised by the International Music Council, a UNESCO organisation. She was awarded the Edwin Carr Scholarship 2007, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 2006 Lilburn Prize for this present brightness, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Composers Prize 1999 for firecracker, the University of Auckland Composition Prize for instrumental music 1998 for blood roses, the Douglas Mews Prize for vocal compositon 1997 for cavespell, and the University of Auckland Composition Prize for electroacoustic music 1995 for rushlight.

Commissioned works include a quiet fury for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, flutter for Orchestre de Flûtes Français, piégé par le bruit de fond for the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, 4 Alan Roberts Films for the New Zealand Film Archive, and fierce angel for 175 East.


Works (38)

a quiet fury

for symphony orchestra and live electronics, 10m


allusion

for 2 contraltos, violin, cello, double bass, percussion and piano


an invisible spell

for piano trio


and evening bell

for soprano, descant recorder and piano


and then, silence

for piano solo


asylum

electroacoustic with video and dance


blast

for orchestra, 3m


Blaze

electroacoustic, 6m


blood roses

for string quintet, 10m


cavespell

for solo soprano and choir


collapse

for flute, clarinet and 2 cellos


copycats and other tails

for string quartet


devil on a wire

for solo cello and live electroacoustic diffusion, 10m


fierce angel

for horn, flute (doubling piccolo and alto), E flat clarinet, bass clarinet, double bass, cello, percussion and bass trombone; all players require triangle, 10m


firecracker

for symphony orchestra, 4m


gallery of dreamings

for orchestra


gash

a microscore for chamber ensemble, 1m


insolitary

for solo B flat clarinet, 8m


kore

For tenor, flute, cello, percussion and piano


Pandoremonium

electroacoustic, 8m


Passio

for voices, brass, woodwind and percussion


Peter and the Halloween Horse

a children's musical for 8-16 year olds, 45m


quake

for double bass and piano


Quickening Moon

electroacoustic, 6m


rushlight

for tape


shapeshifter

for string quartet, 4m


solstice

for unaccompanied choir


Spacebomb Mix1

live processed work for vocalist and cello, 8m


strange birds

for solo flute and electronics


this present brightness

for string quartet and piano, 8m


this present brightness

for symphony orchestra, 8m


three phases of drowning

for piano solo


tuning the head of a pin

for chamber orchestra


Tunnel Vision

for viola and tape


twitter tourniquet

electroacoustic work, 8m


violent spaces

electroacoustic with dance


where wind walks

for flute orchestra and percussion, 8m


without a sound

for piano, percussion and electronic sounds, 8m