Composer Kerrith Livengood’s music has been described as "an escapade of wild effusions" (Bloomington Herald-Times) and "sketchy-seeming" (New York Times). Her music has been performed at SEAMUS, KISS 2018, ACO’s SONiC Festival, June in Buffalo, Bargemusic, CCM’s MusicX festivals, the North American Saxophone Alliance annual conference, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song series, the Cortona Sessions, the Charlotte New Music Festival, and Alia Musica Pittsburgh’s Conductors Festival. She has composed works for the JACK Quartet, Third Angle Ensemble, Duo Cortona, Altered Sound Duo, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie and pianist Adam Marks, soprano Amy Petrongelli, Harry Partch's Adapted Guitar I performed by Charles Corey, Ligament, and the h2 Quartet. Kerrith’s music features unexpected musical forms, complex grooves, lyricism, improvisation, noise, and humor. Kerrith has been composer-in-residence at the Charlotte Festival of New Music, Music in Bloom Festival, Artists at Albatross Reach, the Osage Arts Community, I-Park, and Copland House. Her solo album of ambient electronic Sailor Moon-themed pieces, In The Name of the MOON, recently was released on Neuma Records. She is a co-founder and original flutist for the new music collective Alia Musica Pittsburgh, and has premiered many new works by young composers alongside members of the JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird and the American Modern Ensemble. Kerrith is also an adventurous experimentalist who has played bird songs while sitting in a tree, started a “noise cult”, worn a towel as concert attire, and performed in concert with Anthony Braxton and Renee Baker. She is a native of Springfield, Missouri; graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied with Eric Moe, Mathew Rosenblum, Amy Williams and Marcos Balter; and previously taught at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). Kerrith is Assistant Director of the New Music On The Point Festival, an annual summer festival for young composers and performers.
Kerrith Livengood’s music features complex grooves, lyricism, noise, and humor. She has composed works for the JACK Quartet, Third Angle Ensemble, Duo Cortona, Altered Sound Duo, Albatross Duo, soprano Amy Petrongelli, and the h2 Quartet. She is also a flutist, drummer, technologist, and improviser, who has performed many collaborative and experimental works with many different groups. Kerrith is interested in creating music with live processing and interactive scores. She received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, and previously taught at the University of Illinois. Kerrith is also Assistant Director of the New Music On The Point Festival (NMOP).
Kerrith Livengood’s musical works feature a mix of noise, lyricism, randomness, and humor. She is a flutist, drummer, technologist, and improviser, who received her doctorate in music composition and theory from the University of Pittsburgh. Kerrith has previous taught at the University of Illinois, and currently lives in Champaign, Illinois.