NOW Welcomes Lisa Cay Miller as Managing Artistic Director

NOW Society Artistic Director Lisa Cay Miller

Lisa Cay Miller brings her distinct blend of contemporary classical, improv and the avant-garde to NOW's tradition of innovation.

October 28, 2013


 “If the new improvisational movement means to convey the spirit of jazz without reiterating its stylistic clichés, then Vancouver-based pianist Lisa Miller deserves to be considered one of its leading lights.   

                   ~ The Globe and Mail     

 "Pianist/composer Lisa Cay Miller is “making some of the most intricate and beautiful music that can be heard in Vancouver today.”

                  ~ The Georgia Straight    


Lisa Cay Miller lives and makes music on the unceded unceded Indigenous lands of the the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh Nations in the place now known as Vancouver. Miller uses the pronouns she/her.


Miller’s compositions have been premiered by the Tetzepi Bigtet (Amsterdam), mmm… (Tokyo), the Flat Earth Society, de Bijloke ensemble (Belgium), NME, Pianorquestra (Brazil), Ensemble SuperMusique, le GGRIL, Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal), The Redshift Music Society, The NOW Society, Vancouver New Music, Standing Wave, Jesse Zubot, Turning Point Ensemble, Music on Main, Rachel  Iwaasa, Hard Rubber Orchestra and the François Houle Jane Hayes duo (Vancouver). She has performed with Nicole Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, Butch Morris, Jessika Kenney, Eyvind Kang, Audrey Chen, Chris Corsano, Nels Cline, Scott Amendola (USA), Ig Henneman, Michael Moore, Wilbert de Joode, Anne La Berge, Jasper Stadhouders, Jean Yves Evrard, Tobias Delius, Christoff Kurtzmann, and Jaochim Badenhorst, (Europe) Nova Musica Eletroacústica (Brazil), Ellwood Epps, Eric Normand, Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein (Montréal) Dylan van der Schyff, Peggy Lee, Jesse Zubot, and the NOW Society ensembles (Vancouver). Miller has the Artistic Director of the NOW Society since 2013, proudly presenting Vancouver’s best improvisers in concerts and workshop series.


"I’m incredibly excited to have Lisa Cay Miller join the New Orchestra Workshop team. She brings her skills as an improviser, composer and educator, as well as a tremendous drive to build community and audience. Lisa is a dynamic addition to our organization, " says Nikki Carter, Artistic Director.


"It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to contribute to the NOW Society tradition of community and artistry. I’m thrilled to take part as the Artistic Director of such a valued and seminal improvising organization. 
I look forward to many inclusive and collaborative endeavors. This is an exciting time for creation and for experimental music." says Miller.