Long Ago and Far Away
New England-born singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and musical rabble-rouser Elisa M
Welch has played the piano for, sheesh, lets just say a long time.
She wrote her first piano composition at age four, penned a few peace-niky guitar
mass ditties in the late sixties, and even dabbled briefly in Irish
step dancing (alas, to some rather uninspired recorded music) as a child.
After ninth grade she traveled to
Southeast Asia for a summer of exploration and education. Just out of
high school, she toured with a choir in the
great halls of Europe with Americas Youth in Concert. Then twas off to
college in Beantown.
Boston Irish with a Twist
Elisa studied classical piano with Edith Stearns and contemporary composition
with Joyce Mekeel at Boston
University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition.
Round about junior year, she was
beginning to wonder what the heck an undergraduate music degree got
you other than a desperate need for a more
advanced music degree (and another, and another). Then she rediscovered
Irish traditional music at a local
seisiún (no, thats not a typoits Irish for
session) in Boston and spent the next several years learning tunes and
playing various instruments at seisiúns with fiddlers Seamus Connolly and Larry Reynolds
and others. (She did finish that Bachelors
degree, by the way, but she hasnt gone to grad school. Yet.)
Off to California
Elisa moved to the West Coast in 1986 to work as an editor at
the wonderful acoustic string music magazine,
Frets. When the magazine was discontinued, she became (simultaneously)
senior editor of EQ and managing editor
of Drums & Drumming. After those two magazines closed, Elisa
moved into computer magazine editing, where the
jobs were, for a while. She spent two years at MacUser, another
two at PC Computing, and three more at Web
Techniques. She also freelanced for PC World, PC World Online,
Keyboard, and DRUM! magazines, and
California Trees, the quarterly newsletter of California ReLeaf.
She spent another four years back on the musical side of the publishing world, as managing editor of Strings magazine, before branching out into the land of freelancing once again.
Elisa has been taking a nice long break from full-time employment, realizing that, duhhhh, shes a musician, not a cubicle dweller. The best way to fight this revolution is through her songs! That said, a little additional income would be more than welcome in this starving artists life. So if you know of an appropriate opportunity, let Elisa know!
Onstage and Elsewhere
This woman has performed with a dizzying assortment of musical ensembles,
Andover Choral Society, Americas Youth in Concert, Boston University
Concert Choir, Masterworks Chorale, Four Shillings
Short, Tipsy House, Ceol na Gael, the Core, 42, the Black Brothers/Black
Family, Paul Chaffee, Sylvia Herold, Sue Draheim, Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble, and currently as a member of the The Buds. She also plays the occasional pickup gig with various musical friends in San Francisco or thereabouts.
Shes currently focusing on getting those rabble-rousing songs into the ears of those who need them most. Check out the calendar to get the scoop.
Those Who Can, Teach
Elisa has taught instrumental and vocal classes at Lark in the Mornings
Summer Music Celebration. At odd times
she has played guitar, fiddle, banjo, flute, bodhran, and various other
noisemaking devices, but lately shes been
concentrating on keyboard, pennywhistle, mandothings, and vocals. Shes
available to provide music to enhance your family gatherings, corporate events, and other excuses to party. Or
she can get you started learning to play any of
these instruments, or help you apply general musical concepts to your
own creative process. Whuh? Just send an email if youre interested. If its music youre after,
Elisa can help.
Where Can We Hear Elisa?
Wondering just when and where Elisa will be performing? Take a peek at the calendar to find out!
If you cant make it to an upcoming live performance, you might
consider one of the following options:
- Obtain a copy of Elisas CD, The Wheel.
Send a note if youre interested.
- Peruse the lyrics to the songs on The
- Join the inevitable mailing list. Just send a
message to introduce yourself.