Marisa Anderson is a guitarist and composer currently living in Portland, Oregon. Her music tells stories of landscape, belonging and struggle. Playing solo electric guitar, she mines the deep veins of American musical tradition, applying elements of minimalism, drone and 20th century classical music to compositions based on gospel, blues and jazz. Her music is expertly played, deeply researched and reverently felt.
Andersons musical influences are the church songs she grew up singing. Classically trained, she began playing guitar when she was ten years old and went on after years of study to hone her skills by playing in jazz, country and circus bands. In 2009 she released her first solo guitar record on Mississippi Records, ‘The Golden Hour’, followed by ‘Mercury’(2011) and ‘Traditional and Public Domain Songs’ (2013). Midway through 2016 Billboard magazine placed her most recent record ‘Into the Light’ on their list of the best records of 2016. She is in demand as a collaborator and composer, working with artists such as Sharon Van Etten, Beth Ditto, Circuit Des Yeux, and Michael Hurley.
Anderson tours extensively throughout Europe and North America. A record of new material will be out in Spring 2018.
“Into the Light is the kind of record that requires rapt attention, best enjoyed in still solitude. But even as Anderson’s instrument simmers, it still reaches for the great beyond, and she makes you ache to reach along with it” - Pitchfork
“Her sound has strength in restless variety…Anderson’s playing is heartfelt and utterly American- free from grandstanding and steeped in respect for the old tradition.” - WIRE