Elisabeth Blair is a composer, vocalist, poet and visual artist currently based in Michigan. After obtaining a BA in photography at Richmond American International University in London in 2004, she spent many years on the folk singer/songwriter circuit in Chicago before moving into both improvisation and more formal composition. In 2015 she was an artist-in-residence at Wildacres, and worked with composer/improviser Karl Berger as an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2016 she was an artist-in-residence at ACRE.

Written language forms an important part of her work, and a chapbook of her poems is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. In 2017 she will be returning to the Atlantic Center for the Arts to work with poet Heather McHugh

An active feminist, she is on the board of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and is the primary force behind Listening to Ladies, an initiative that comprises a podcast, concert series, and online showcase of works by composers who are women.

Elisabeth particularly enjoys vocal improvisation, working with texts, writing for strings, and collaborating with artists working in other media. Her music has complemented others’ dance, poetry, written fiction, performance art, conceptual art, and film. She is currently working on a master’s degree in music composition at Western Michigan University, studying with Lisa Coons and Christopher Biggs.

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"Absolutely hypnotic... Wonderful music -
how refreshing and absorbing."

- Izzie, VQS New Music podcast (

"Think of Regina Spektor, but more thoughtful."

- Justin Wayne, The Justin Wayne Show at

“Haunting and intimate.”

- The Homemade Hit Show, London