Author: Elizabeth Nonemaker
Elizabeth Nonemaker is a composer and arts journalist. She co-launched the arts publication Ampersand, and has worked for Children's Radio Foundation and KPCC's "The Frame." As a composer, her work has earned her residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
They’re an improvisational chamber group whose music breezes through a multitude of musical languages. Their only rule? The musician comes first.
I wondered about my own female role models in music – Marin Alsop, Julia Wolfe, Kaija Saariaho, Laurie Anderson. Was there a common thread that made them particularly inspiring to me? Or did they bring me some new idea of musicianship that I could not have gotten anywhere else?