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Vierk, Lois V (b. August 1951, Lansing, Illinois). American composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout the world.

Ms. Vierk earned her BA in ethnomusicology and piano at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974 and then studied composition with Mel Powell, Leonard Stein and Morton Subotnick at the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned her MFA in 1978. In addition, she studied gagaku (Japanese court music) privately with Suenobu Togi in Los Angeles in the 1970s and studied ryūteki (flute) privately with Sukeyasu Shiba in Tokyo in the 1980s.

She has received commissions from the Bang on a Can Festival, cellist Maya Beiser, the Berliner Festspiele, pianists Sarah Cahill, Ursula Oppens, Frederic Rzewski, Aki Takahashi, and Margaret Leng Tan, Ensemble Modern, accordionist Guy Klucevsek, the ensemble l'art pour l'art, the organization Music from Japan, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and percussionist Steven Schick. Her collaborations with choreographer Anita Feldman have been commissioned by the American Dance Festival, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and Meet the Composer, among other organizations.

Her works are self-published.


E-mail address: LVVVV@aol.com


STAGE: HEXA (choreography by Anita Feldman), 3 tap dancers (with Tap Dance Instrument), percussion, live electronics, 1988; Twister (choreography by Anita Feldman), 2 tap dancers (with Tap Dance Instrument), cello, marimba, 1993; Swash (choreography by Anita Feldman), 2 voices, 2 tap dancers, 1994; Shoo (choreography by Anita Feldman), 2 sopranos, 3 tap dancers (with Tap Dance Instrument), cello, percussion, 1998

ORCHESTRAL: Glacier Voices, symphonic band, 1992; Devil's Punchbowl, 1993; Silversword, gagaku orchestra, 1996

CHAMBER MUSIC: Tusk, 18 trombones, 1981; Go Guitars, 5 electric guitars, 1981; Hyaku man no kyuOne Million Spheres, 8 ryūteki, 1983; Crane with 1,000 Wings, 8 violins, 1984; Manhattan Cascade, 4 piano accordions, 1985; Simoom, 8 celli, 1986; Cirrus, 6 trumpets, 1987; Red Shift, electric guitar, cello, synthesizer, percussion, 1989; Jagged Mesa, 2 or more trumpets, 2 or more trombones, 2 or more bass trombones, 1990; Red Shift 2, 2 celli, synthesizer, percussion, 1990; Red Shift 3, trumpet, electric guitar, cello, synthesizer, percussion, 1991; Red Shift 4, trumpet, electric guitar, piano/synthesizer, percussion, 1991; Timberline, flute, clarinet, bassoon, viola, double bass, piano/synthesizer, percussion, 1991; River beneath the River, string quartet, 1993; Into the Brightening Air, string quartet, 1994, revised 1999; Dark Bourn, 4 bassoons, 4 celli, 1995; Blue Jets Red Sprites, accordion, 1996; Demon Star, cello, marimba, 1996; Europa, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1997; Io, amplified flute, electric guitar, amplified marimba, 1999; Deep-water Waves, amplified bass clarinet, electric guitar, amplified violin, MIDI-keyboard, 2 MIDI-percussion, 2001; In Memories, soprano saxophone (+ bass saxophone), alto saxophone (+ baritone saxophone), trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, double bass, piano, marimba, 2002; In One, flute, guitar, marimba, 2003; In Memory, cello, piano, 2004

VOCAL: Attack Cat Polka, voice, accordion, ensemble, 1988

PIANO: Yeah Yeah Yeah, 1990; To Stare Astonished at the Sea, inside piano, 1994; Spin 2, 2 pianos, 1995


Go Guitars; Cirrus; Simoom. Gary Trosclair, trumpets; David Seidel, electric guitars; Ted Mook, celli (Experimental Intermedia: XI 102, 1990)

Manhattan Cascade. Guy Klucevsek, piano accordions (CRI: 626, 1993)

Red Shift 4. A Cloud Nine Consort (CRI: 646, 1993)

Timberline. Relâche Ensemble (OOdiscs: 17, 1994)

Go Guitars. Seth Josel, electric guitars (OOdiscs: 36, 1998)

River beneath the River; Into the Brightening Air; Jagged Mesa; Red Shift. Gary Trosclair, trumpets; Bruce Eidem, trombones; Christopher Banks, bass trombones; David Seidel, electric guitar; Patricia Davis, Eva Gruesser, violins; Lois Martin, viola; Ted Mook, Bruce Wang, celli; Lois V Vierk, synthesizer; Jim Pugliese, percussion (Tzadik: 7056, 2000)

Blue Jets Red Sprites. Guy Klucevsek, accordion (Starkland: ST-209, 2004)

(Last updated on May 21, 2004)

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