While Away/On Friendship is a series of tape, and piano and tape pieces influenced by travel, language, culture and friendship. Painter Tammy Nguyen collaborates with paintings for two works, Sound Portraits and Citytudes .
Janis Mercer, composer/pianist, lives in San Francisco. After writing chamber and vocal music, culminating in her large-scale Mass For Friends , she has turned to electronic music. She was trained in the Midwest and California and performs throughout the U.S. Her music has been heard in the U.S., Austria and The Netherlands.