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Liz Story

Story studied classical piano while growing up in Southern California and even thought about becoming a music librarian or theorist for a while. Then she heard jazz pianist Bill Evans at a New York club, and the experience changed her perspective on music overnight. Story, who had studied at Juilliard and was enrolled at Hunter College at the time, abandoned her academic program in favor of jazz lessons with Sanford Gold, a teacher Evans had recommended. Back in Los Angeles, she continued her musical education at UCLA and the Dick Grove Music Workshops, but it was a job playing piano at a French restaurant that sparked her major breakthrough as a composer. Since the front casing of the piano was missing, Story had no place to put her sheet music and was forced to improvise freely. Eventually, she put some of her spontaneous compositions on tape and sent them to Windham Hill. Within four days, Will Ackerman had called her back and the contract was signed for her first release, Solid Colors, an album of impressionistic piano miniatures. Over the course of five recordings, including a two-album stint with RCA Novus, Story's style has expanded to include electronic duets with Mark Isham and works for various types of ensembles, yet the piano remains the prominent voice in her finely crafted compositions. ~ Linda Kohanov, Rovi
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Deep thanks for your magic. You and so many @ WH (Ackerman first and foremost) have been a great inspiration in my life and influence on my own music. You and your peers laid the ground for my own humble yet fulfilling career as an indie contemporary piano soloist and composer. A good thought and a prayer to you and all creation a-midst the gathering global warming and catastrophic climate change nightmare that has befallen us due to our failure to at least restrict fossil fuel emissions.
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bastevens1
I must have been living in a cave as I'm not familiar with Liz Story. This is my first introduction to her via Pandora. I'll be on the hunt for her CD's tomorrow. What beautiful and well crafted music.
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coach.vincew
The sound of the heart in every note. Love made audible.
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Then she heard jazz pianist Bill Evans at a New York club, and the experience changed her perspective on music overnight.
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Her music is phenomenal and deeply inspiring
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Her rendition of My Foolish Heart is very tastefully done.
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SOUUDS OF A CHILDHOOD REMEMBERED-F R A N K VOLPE,f.r.c. A.M.O.R.C.or g . SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA.
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Your inn voice shines, through your playingAROUN D .
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gaytekeyper1 8
Where is Unaccountabl e Effect? Incredible tapestry of complex emotions and virtuosity!! !
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Oh davegaines, that is soooo cool and romantic. Outtah be a movie. I can feel it. How could she not be a magic and lovable spirit and play music like that. Thanks for sharing. DMB
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seth4sc
Correction I think I meant Flamenco Sketches
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seth4sc
Sounds like the opening to Sketches of Spain over and over. I'd rather hear Sketches of Spain.
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What perfect sounds...... . . . . . . .
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westcott360
I have every album from Liz Story. A great pianist and song writer.
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I had solid colors- nice record from the 80s
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I had the great pleasure and good fortune of interviewing Liz Story over the course of two days when she was in Washington, D.C. on her 1985 tour. I still have the cassette recordings of my interviews with her, which mostly had to do with philosophy and musical aesthetics. She was a really deep thinker and I was a music grad student and former undergrad philosophy major who had a mad crush on her. :-) Her music has the same appeal 25+ years later.
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The music of this woman is like having a friend in the other room playing music JUST for you. It is very nice and relaxing.
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fayefern
Lovely
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295294601
Another blessing for those of us whom listen.
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wingedliones s
This is music to do homework by: it's soothing for being indoors, yet kinda has that jazzy edge to keep me awake and aware of life outdoors...T i m Story's music is a bit like that, too, along with Peter Kater...
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I built a bed for her and her husband when we were housemates in Flagstaff, AZ. She rolled the best cigarettes. I love ya Liz!! say hi to Joel for me.
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habu027
Listened to her in the early 80's while in school. Very much enjoy her pared down style. Saw her in concert once. Delightful.
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antonio.elma l e h
Bruce Hornsby meets Keith Jarrett and you have the Story.
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I must admit I was listening to this stuff in the mid 80s when everyone else was listening to hair metal bands and bad synth 80s rock,I saw her open for michael hedges,I was in my early twentys - very nice piano melodies,I think its from the solid colours album,I kind of lost touch with liz over the years,I am sure she is still playing.
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A rare talent . . . no slick tricks, just pure talent with an obvious classical background. A nice respite from the all-too-comm o n special effects..
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she is good i would like to hear more of her
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Dying to see her in concert, but I think she tours rarely...a unique talent !!
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jhotchkiss
Musically intriguing, technically brilliant.
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evocatively simple, pure, and satisfying
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her sound is pleasing to the ears and the soul...very nice
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Wow, whatever genre they tag her with, she's good. Kind of like hearing Pat Matheny for the first time; Where is he going with this theme? But also with Liz Story, you still listen - and already knew.
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marusich
makes work stress melt away...
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So Smooth
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great. my kind of music
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i'd say it has the sound of vibrant nature.
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bnewman707
WOW--I am in awe...beauti f u l !
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rjholland0
i mediate to this in the morning
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lovely, always lovely
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Calmness and stillness.
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Love Ms. Story's music. Her Holiday selections are a must for any collection
of instrumental music.
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tabpeek
After hearing what came out of your heart, I think I'm in Love with you. No, really!!
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pweber4057
I didn't know that she toured. If yes, where does she post her schedule? Lovely music, powerful, yet very subtle and nuanced. The symbol? An uroboros (ouroboros) ancient, mystical, alchemical; From thence I go, to here return. Wholeness, regeneration , infinity.
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cbygonaise
airjockk, she usually tours with the winter solstice gang from windham hill... I've seen her 3 times. She is a laugh riot! Not what you'd expect from the gorgeous music she plays...
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I agree with you, Richard. Does anyone know if Liz is touring?
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richiemobile
She takes you out on a cloud, and makes you sit and listen... it is pure beauty
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My favorite piano player! I'm working on a manuscript of poems based on *17 Seconds to Anywhere*. http://geoff p o p e p o e t r y . b l o g s p o t . c o m
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Wonderful, 'nuf said.
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tony2994
Love, love, love Liz Story. I have seen her live and she is wonderful. I saw her perform at MusicFest in Lehigh Valley, PA. www.artsques t . o r g to see if she will return!
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Ana one of the best songs. Liz is truly an artist. Does she go on tour? I have to see her -
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cdacso
I can never hear enough of Liz Story. Pure music, fabulous musicianship .
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