Elisabeth Pixley-Fink is a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based singer, lyricist, composer, pianist, guitarist, cultural worker, and educator, who grew up studying piano and singing harmonies with her family. From the depths and range of her voice emerge well-crafted songs: joyful ditties, tunes for healing, aching songs that swell with unhurried intensity. Her playful and moving performances have earned her a strong following in Michigan.
In April 2012, the Kalamazoo Arts Council awarded Elisabeth its Artistic Development grant to support her upcoming full-length album, Bloodroot. The work traces four seasons of grieving the sudden death of a 23-year-old man and is based in the regenerative power of the Great Lakes bioregion.
Elisabeth is learning to make art that is participatory and collaborative. During her September Michigan tour she combined performances with a community art project and co-created the Red Clover Quilt: recycled paper infused with red clover seeds, painted with homemade, plant-based paints, and planted as a quilt.
Elisabeth is interested in alternative touring and dynamic performance. In Fall 2011, Elisabeth took a two-month public transportation tour from Minnesota to Mexico with Andru Bemis in support of the duo’s record, Say Yes to Yourself! She spent the winter collaborating with musicians and writers in Mexico City, and briefly studied clowning in Xela, Guatemala.
She thrives on collaboration and playing outside, and in April 2012, completed an Artist Residency with the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, and Natural Design in the northern woods of East Jordan, MI, with fiddler, vocalist and organizer Samantha Cooper.
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.