The music of adventurer-composer Lias is performed regularly around the world by soloists and ensembles including the Boulder Philharmonic, the Oasis Quartet, the Ensamble de Trompetas Simon Bolivar, and the Russian String Orchestra. In 2011 his work Mélange of Neumes was voted Best New Published Work by the National Flute Association, and his pieces are regularly featured at major national and international conferences including the International Trumpet Guild, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the ISCM World Music Days. 2016 will see performances by the Shreveport Symphony, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Anchorage Symphony, and the Ariana Quartet; and in 2017 a newly-commissioned orchestral work will be premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Lias’s passion for wilderness and outdoor pursuits has led to a growing series of compositions about the national parks of the United States. He has served as Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks, and has written over a dozen park-related pieces that have been performed in such far-flung places as Alaska, Texas, Sydney, and Taiwan. He is the founder and leader of Alaska Geographic’s annual “Composing in the Wilderness” field seminar.