Janis Mercer

Art Discipline: 
San Francisco, CA
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Feb 2, 2009 to Feb 13, 2009
May 2, 2011 to May 13, 2011
Aug 21, 2017 to Sep 3, 2017

Janis is an American composer/pianist living in San Francisco. Her first CD, Voices is available on Centaur Records and features chamber and solo works. Ms. Mercer has performed solo piano concerts of new music throughout the United States, featuring music by Anthony Braxton, the Second Viennese School and works written for her by living composers. Her performance of Paul Rudy's "Church Keys" is featured on the New Music Circle's Season Highlights Volume I: 2002-04CD, her recording of Brian Belét's "Four Proportional Preludes" appears on SCI's Chamber Works CD, available on Capstone Records, and her most recent chamber piece, "Beloveds", appears on einklang records as part of a double CD set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Anton Webern's death. Her percussion solo, "Air", is published by Media Press and has been the subject of papers on contemporary drum set works. Ms. Mercer holds artist residencies at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts (California), Ragdale (Illinois), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center (Nebraska) and Centrum (Washington). Her current projects involve composing new works for piano and tape for her second CD Quilt, and preparing another solo piano program.