Elizabeth Walsh was born in Illinois but grew up in New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, and master’s degree from Montclair State University. She studied music composition with Annea Lockwood and Richard Wilson at Vassar, and Robert Aldridge and Dean Drummond at MSU. Walsh has been exploring different aspects of sound since she was in college. She is very interested in microtonal music and was lucky enough to write for and perform on the Harry Partch Instrumentarium. She also improvises music a great deal, usually as part of the band Headbrain. When not doing that, she plays the bass in rock bands. Walsh states “music is a more powerful form of communication than speech. I especially lean towards improvised music, which at its best can be an incredible personal exploration.”
Microtonal musician Elizabeth Walsh presents her multi-disciplinary work “Dream Window” using video projection, spoken word and percussive instruments. In this piece, Walsh revisits a work from 2010: “Dream Window” where she looked at dreams as experienced by several different people. Now, ten years later, she explores her own dreams. While the pandemic has driven us all inside, it has encouraged Walsh to look inward as well. Lately, she sees a geography to her dream universe. She states “I revisit the same locations over and over again; they are essentially real places, but with a very different look. Here, I examine a few of the places in my dreams, and ask myself why I keep returning to them over again.” Walsh sees comfort these days by living in an alternative universe – dreams, gaming, books – but feels it’s so important to be awake and focused too, so that we can all move past the current nightmare and into our dreams of the future.