Cover for Liz Story's Self-Titled Album
October 28, 1956 |
San Diego, California, United States
|Genres||Jazz, new age|
|Labels||Windham Hill, RCA Records, and DMI|
Story began her musical training as a young child, mastering Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 11 by the age of 11. After studying at Juilliard School and Hunter College, she attended a performance of the jazz pianist Bill Evans at the Bottom Line in New York City. As a result, she decided to learn jazz piano and became a student of Sanford Gold, whom Evans recommended.
After moving back to Southern California from New York City, she studied at the Dick Grove Music Workshops in Studio City. During her studies, she took a job playing piano in a restaurant and was thrust suddenly into improvisations when the piano had no music stand. Over several months these improvisations developed into compositions. When Windham Hill’s William Ackerman heard a tape of these, he signed her to record her debut album, Solid Colors.
In the 1980s, Story emerged as a prominent figure in new age music while frequently touring the United States, and as a recording artist at Windham Hill Records and RCA Novus Records. She is one of the foremost pioneers of contemporary solo piano. Her musical style defies traditional description, and her works cross many musical genres.
For the 1989 film, Worth Winning, Story composed and performed two compositions Forgiveness and Worth Winning. Story's hands were used in the film to simulate the piano playing by actress Madeline Stowe (who also plays piano). Stowe played a concert pianist in the film named Veronica Briskow.
Two of Story's compositions, "Wedding Rain" and "Things With Wings" have been covered by the solo pianist Isadar. He also based a "Greensleeves" arrangement (as a homage) on Story's original version which appeared on Windham Hill's compilation, A Winter's Solstice (1986).
- Solid Colors (1983)
- Unaccountable Effect (1985)
- Part of Fortune (1986)
- Speechless (1989)
- Escape of the Circus Ponies (1990)
- My Foolish Heart (1992) (reissued in 2009 by Valley Entertainment)
- The Gift (1994)
- Liz Story (1996)
- 17 Seconds to Anywhere (1998)
- Welcome Home: The Very Best of Liz Story (2001)
- Night Sky Essays (2005)
- Pure Liz Story (2006)