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HARP residency at HERE Arts Center starting in April

HARP residency at HERE Arts Center starting in April



I am SO excited to have been chosen to join the other HARPers (HERE Arts Residency Program) at the HERE Arts Center! The magic that Kim Whitener and Kristin Marting make over there is unbelieveable.  I just had a meeting with them where they essentially said that HERE Arts was...
Alexandra Gardner posts profile video & article on Lainie-thoughts and tunes for New Music Box

Alexandra Gardner posts profile video & article on Lainie-thoughts and tunes for New Music Box



I’m so thrilled and flattered that fabulous composer, writer, videographer, and human Alexandra Gardner of New Music Box (or I guess I should now say formerly of New Music Box) did a piece on my composer thoughts and work.  New Music Box is such an essential sounding board of and...
Residency at Roulette for the 2013/2014 season culminates with May 1st performance of Here I Am!

Residency at Roulette for the 2013/2014 season culminates with May 1st performance of Here I Am!



I’m really excited to be part of the Roulette Artist Residency Program, with support from the Jerome Foundation – Roulette is such an important, supportive part of the Brooklyn new music landscape and everyone from Jim Staley to the remarkably talented sound staff to the excellent admins make this place a joy...
Time Out NY features The Gaits with cover art!

Time Out NY features The Gaits with cover art!



The Gaits, the sound walk that I composed along with Jascha Narveson, Dan Iglesia, and Cameron Britt, (read all about it in this previous post), was depicted as a drawing, complete with polar bears and penguins, on the cover of Time Out Magazine!  We had record turn out this year...
ETHEL Homebaked Commission!

ETHEL Homebaked Commission!



This is one of those things where I’ve loved ETHEL since being a composer was just a twinkle in my heart’s eye, so getting a Homebaked commission from them was pretty much a dream come true. They’re working it up now, and will be premiering it on a whole concert...
Here I Am is up on Vimeo!

Here I Am is up on Vimeo!



A couple of years ago, I started an epically long project to write an epically long piece about an epically huge subject: The Hebrew Bible.  Specifically, I wanted to write songs that showcased the wonkier bits of the bible – the ones I’ve been thinking about over and over again...
On the docket
The Gaits is back for year FIVE! Monday, December 21st at 5pm

The Gaits is back for year FIVE! Monday, December 21st at 5pm

It’s back!  For the fifth year in a row, Make Music New York and Friends of the High Line bring you The Gaits, a soundwalk a bunch of us proposed a few years ago for a MATA open call for parade ideas inspired by Phil Kline‘s Unsilent Night.  I love Unsilent Night – Phil Kline...
James Moore & Andie Springer play Fiddly Tune for Gertrudes Album Release in Brooklyn on November 21st

James Moore & Andie Springer play Fiddly Tune for Gertrudes Album Release in Brooklyn on November 21st

James Moore and Andie Springer – TWO OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD – are having a big blast off for their album release On Saturday, November 21st, at 8pm in Williamsburg at the 17 Frost Theater.  Their album, Gertrudes, is chock full of fantastic (and amazing diverse!) stuff and I’m so proud to...
Stone Mason Projects performs excerpts from Here I Am at the National Opera Center November 12th

Stone Mason Projects performs excerpts from Here I Am at the National Opera Center November 12th

Pamela Stein is an amazing soprano, composer, and advocate of New Music. When she asked me for the a capella trio movements from Here I Am, my big crazy Hebrew Bible meditation work, I was overjoyed. Stone Mason Projects is doing exciting work and I’m pretty curious to hear what a new trio of singers...
ETHEL performs The Pirate's Daughter at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on November 4th

ETHEL performs The Pirate’s Daughter at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on November 4th

National Sawdust, a new exciting venue started by composer/entrepreneur/phenomenon Paola Prestini (along with a couple other amazing folks), opens its doors for its first full season this year and I am so thrilled to be a part of it!  ETHEL, that rocking, rolling, smart ‘n’ sexy dream of a string quartet, is playing The Pirate’s...
Dither performs Tongue of Thorns on the Bang on a Can Marathon June 21st

Dither performs Tongue of Thorns on the Bang on a Can Marathon June 21st

Not only am I incredibly thrilled to be programmed on the Bang on a Can marathon concert this June 21st, but I’m so grateful that it’ll be my amazing friends and longtime collaborators, Dither, who will be playing my quartet Tongue of Thorns.  It’s like a favorite dream come true wrapped in a package of...
Kamilla Arku performs Barnacles in Warrington, UK on May 2nd

Kamilla Arku performs Barnacles in Warrington, UK on May 2nd

Kamilla Arku, my buddy from my time back at Yale, is a deep, sensitive pianist, and a brilliant musical omnivore – she jumps easily from baroque to romantic, modernist to ferociously minimal.  I’m so pleased that she’ll be sharing my piece Barnacles (check out my post on that piece here) in Warrington on May 2nd...
Hotel Elefant premieres Impostor Syndrome at Subculture on March 8th

Hotel Elefant premieres Impostor Syndrome at Subculture on March 8th

I am so thrilled to be letting my Elefant trumpet blare for the first time!  On Sunday, March 8, on the last of their speakOUT concert series, Hotel Elefant will give the premiere of my piece that they commissioned last fall – it’s called Impostor Syndrome, and it’s scored for Violin (the dazzling Andie Springer),...
Now with new finale -  The Gaits is back for year 4! Soundwalk-parade for the High Line December 21st at 5pm

Now with new finale –
The Gaits is back for year 4! Soundwalk-parade for the High Line December 21st at 5pm

It’s back!  For a fourth year in a row, Make Music New York and Friends of the High Line bring you The Gaits, a soundwalk a bunch of us proposed a few years ago for a MATA open call for parade ideas inspired by Phil Kline‘s Unsilent Night.  I love Unsilent Night – Phil Kline...
Lainie gives talk for NYU composers colloquium on October 15th

Lainie gives talk for NYU composers colloquium on October 15th

Thanks to an invite by composer and NYU professor Tae Hong Park (who was a fellow Princeton tiger, sharing with me the fun and privilege of having the inimitable Paul Lansky as his advisor), I popped by the Steinhardt school at NYU to give a composers colloquium talk.  It was a fun bunch of composers...
New commission from Hotel Elefant for their speakOUT project

New commission from Hotel Elefant for their speakOUT project

Hotel Elefant has been one of my favorite bands for years now – the directors, Leaha Maria Villarreal and Mary Kouyoumdjian, are composers with original voices.  Their music don’t fit neatly into my idea of what any one “scene” is up to, and their group has been similarly charting a smorgasbord style of devouring new...
Lainie talks to Mannes/New School composers on October 2nd

Lainie talks to Mannes/New School composers on October 2nd

Telling a bunch of young composers (as a guest speaker in their class on 21st century notation) how I notate my music is a bit like letting them see my bathroom – how clean are my scores?  Is there a logic to my weird notational penchants?  Did I really need to accentuate that triple-f marking...
ETHEL trailer up on Vimeo

ETHEL trailer up on Vimeo

ETHEL, that powerhouse of Downtown awesome, asked me to write them a piece a while back as part of their Homebaked commissioning project (along with my commission, they asked the awesome Hannis Brown, Ulysses Owens Jr., and Dan Friel).  I decided to write them a portrait piece (to learn more about that crazy undertaking, check...