September 29, 2010
Lisa A. Miles
35 Overlook Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
PH (412) 231-5055
Lisa A. Miles is a multi-faceted creative artist-- an accomplished author of two well-received books, a talented composer/performer of original music and an acclaimed speaker and educator. She has captivated audiences with the contagious intensity she has shown for all of her work, as you may witness from TV/ Radio links at www.lisamilesviolin.com. Contact Lisa should you be interested in setting up an interview with her, or in engaging her to speak, perform or consult for your agency or business. Thank you--
Creative artist passionately brings a unique voice and conviction to all she undertakes
“This Fantastic Struggle: The Life & Art of Esther Phillips” & “Resurrecting Allegheny City”--
Robert Henkes, author of American Women Painters of the 30’s and 40’s: “A remarkable book…both educational and provocative…(
Jerry Ellis, PA State Archives: “What is true of personal papers is equally true of those of a community…Miles has opened the trunk…like papers in the attic, (it) resurrects this partly forgotten city, progressive in its era, and deserved of remembrance.”
Lisa's Original Music--
Anne LeBaron, internationally-
Bill O’Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper: "Original compositions for solo electric violin and mandolin [that are] 'intense, edgy and ethereal’... drawing on both indie-rock and classical influences..., [they’ll] send your night off on a different tack."
Understanding that most great artists never get the recognition or reward their craft deserves was the inspiration for Lisa A. Miles to write This Fantastic Struggle: The Life & Art of Esther Phillips. This biography yet also unique cultural essay creatively weaves together a fascinating, multi-layered story from graphic long-hand letters, interviews with aging bohemians and from art work-- giving readers an absorbing glimpse at just what it means to be an artist.
Raised in Pittsburgh by a family that could not appreciate her artistic identity, Esther Phillips headed to Greenwich Village in the 1930s and never looked back. Though she achieved early critical success, she would find herself institutionalized for over six years as a result of starvation and stress; fortunately, correspondence with close friends kept her art alive. When she returned to the Village, her struggles continued and she gradually fades into obscurity once again-- but not before stating she lived the best possible life. This Fantastic Struggle is a remarkable story written to educate and captivate general audience.
Lisa’s book Resurrecting Allegheny City: The Land, Structures & People of Pittsburgh’s North Side was sponsored by the PA Historic & Museum Commission and tells the tale of Allegheny City, forcibly annexed by the City of Pittsburgh one hundred years ago. Allegheny’
Lisa A. Miles has been interviewed on NPR and other national radio, as well as on television across Pennsylvania. Besides being a highly praised author, she is also sought-after as a teacher, creative therapist, keynote speaker, workshop leader and consultant on a variety of cross-disciplinary creative and entrepreneurial topics.
Especially unique is that Lisa is also a musician and conceptual artist-- one who writes original music with both classical and punk rock experience and influences. She composes and performs on acoustic/electric violin and mandolin, collaborating with film, theater and movement artists. Her music, as well as performance piece Presence (on ‘finding authentic self’) are heard and viewed on her site. Lisa has gotten funding for all her work from sources as diverse as Meet the Composer, the PA Humanities Council and the Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music, and she looks forward to a national upcoming release on the PARMA recording label.
Please see (and hear) more on all of Lisa’s interconnected work, including many more reviews, excerpts of her work, appearances, etc., on her extensive website: www.lisamilesviolin.com She is an extremely talented woman who would make for an engaging interview, consultant, speaker or performer!
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Lisa A. Miles is a multi-faceted creative artist--author of 2 books, composer/performer of original music and acclaimed speaker and educator. She's announcing new TV/ Radio etc. Appearances, posted on her website, as well as natl. upcoming CD release.