liz davis maxfield

software engineer by day, folk cellist by night

About Liz

Music Projects

Folk Arts Quartet

FAQ fused the raw, folksy sounds of a string band with the sophistication and grace of a classical string quartet to produce a new genre they dubbed "ChamberGrass."

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New Tune a Day

Started in collaboration with fiddler Katie Henderson (Ampersand), NTaD is a youtube project that invites Liz to post a video of a newly learned or written tune every day. 

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New Time Ensemble

Formed in Ireland while its members studied at the University of Limerick, NTE emerged from a shared passion for animating Irish tunes in delicate new ways.

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Praise for The Irish Cello Book

“A thorough, well thought-out overview... This is much more than a tune book: Liz both explains and shows very clearly how to adapt the melodies and stylistic elements to the cello. This is a great book for any cellist who wants to become proficient in playing Irish tunes!”

Natalie Haas

I wish that there were more books like this for the cello!  By connecting its comprehensive content to the real world outside of its covers, this book will soon be seen as the definitive classic for cellists looking to play Irish music in an authentic and meaningful way.

Mike Block

"The Irish Cello Book and CD does the impossible: while explaining the technical aspects of Irish music it also escorts the reader into a community of established players where the expressive, feeling part of this important music is most alive."

Eugene Friesen

"A tremendous amount of research has been put into this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the inner workings of playing Irish traditional tunes with detail given to ornaments, bowings, variations, rhythm, and regional styles."

Abby Newton

“The Irish Cello Book... includes an incredible wealth of information, both in the text and on the accompanying CD, about how to make the large number of tunes really sound Irish, using bowing, grace notes and variations. I can't wait to share this with my students!”

Renata Bratt

"This is exactly what I needed to move me on with my intermediate playing of folk tunes. So often reduced to reading treble clef fiddle pieces, this has transformed my experience. This is such an intelligent book which works at so many levels. A great contribution. My teacher loves it too and we play some of the variations as duets."

Mike Calvert