Fefferman, Lainie: composer, performer.
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HARP residency at HERE Arts Center

HARP residency at HERE Arts Center



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...
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!  Thanks to this adorable TONY love and...
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 been playing it around in different venues (for the National Sawdust show it...
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
Transient Canvas plays Hyggelig in Boston on Sunday, Dec 10th

Transient Canvas plays Hyggelig in Boston on Sunday, Dec 10th

Matt Sharrock and Amy Advocat make the marimba and bass clarinet duo of your dreams. Their sensitive, vivid playing is a huge inspiration to listeners and composers alike. I’m pumped to hear that they’re adding my piece Hyggelig to their touring program “Wired” (along with pieces by dynamo composers David Ibbett, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Rudolf Rojahn,...
Sideband plays Narveson on Hotel Elefant Show November 10th

Sideband plays Narveson on Hotel Elefant Show November 10th

Hotel Elefant and Sideband - two of my favorite new music gangs of folks in existence. LUCKILY, I get to work with BOTH of them on Friday, November 10th, when I play laptop/tethers on Jascha Narveson‘s new pieces for Sideband. Living with the composer has its advantages: I’ve watched his little puddles of code turn into...
Transient Canvas plays Hyggelig on tour in November

Transient Canvas plays Hyggelig on tour in November

Matt Sharrock and Amy Advocat make the marimba and bass clarinet duo of your dreams. Their sensitive, vivid playing is a huge inspiration to listeners and composers alike. I’m pumped to hear that they’re adding my piece Hyggelig to their touring program “Wired” (along with pieces by dynamo composers David Ibbett, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Rudolf Rojahn,...
Lainie gives talk at Monthly Music Hackathon on Saturday, October 14th

Lainie gives talk at Monthly Music Hackathon on Saturday, October 14th

The folks who organize Monthly Music Hackathon (a fantastic series of music tech hacking events hosted at Spotify HQ in NYC) asked me if I’d come talk at this installment, a day focused on the creation of new musical instruments.  They want me to tell all about my magical pizza pans set up and I’m...
Commission for Sō Percussion for Princeton's Lewis Center Opening on October 6th & 7th

Commission for Sō Percussion for Princeton’s Lewis Center Opening on October 6th & 7th

Lainie dream project? Write a percussion quartet that is a response to and will be performed around (/IN!) a Richard Serra sculpture. SWOON. Jason Treuting (of rockstar percussion quartet Sō Percussion) wrote that Sō was asking a bunch of Princeton alums to contribute pieces to the festival that would mark the opening of the new...
Commission for Make Music New York 2017 Festival on June 21st

Commission for Make Music New York 2017 Festival on June 21st

When I got the call from Make Music NY that they wanted to commission a piece from me for their 2017 iteration of their “Concerto for Buildings” project, I was so excited.  First of all, the concept of this project alone is tantalizing: the resonant, hollow bricks of a building on a corner of Greene...
Video of Elements (culmination of HERE Arts Residency) is live!

Video of Elements (culmination of HERE Arts Residency) is live!

HERE Arts Center is an amazing resource for artists working in performance. At the HARP residency I enjoyed for the 2015/2016 season, directors Kim Whitener and Kristin Marting encouraged all the fellows to take risks and try new things.  Boy did I try new things!  My piece “Elements,” for me and Joe Bergen (of Mantra Percussion...
Transient Canvas premieres Hyggelig in New England March 3rd and 4th

Transient Canvas premieres Hyggelig in New England March 3rd and 4th

When I saw Transient Canvas play at New Music Gathering a few years ago, my jaw dropped. They are just what I crave from ensemble playing: focused, energetic, joyful, and AMAZINGLY linked in their playing, movement and breathing. And of course, you know, marimba and bass clarinet – what’s not to love. So when they...
New voice and electronics piece to premiere at Merkin Hall on December 15th

New voice and electronics piece to premiere at Merkin Hall on December 15th

When the fabulous lads of EiO (Experiments in Opera) come a knockin’… you propose your dream project and they tell you to get rockin’! For a good bit now, I’ve been dipping my toes, then feet, then ankles and shins deeper and deeper into the land of electronic music.  Through our work in laptop ensemble...
Fünf Kleine Klavierstücke played by Lee Dionne at YIVO in NYC November 2nd

Fünf Kleine Klavierstücke played by Lee Dionne at YIVO in NYC November 2nd

When Alex Weiser over at YIVO (the NYC based Institute for Jewish Research that actually began in Vilna in 1925!) asked me to come over for a chat a few months ago, we ended up talking about everything from racist showtunes to vegetarian gefilte fish.  When he asked me to email him some scores, little...
New arrangement of Impostor Syndrome at New Music New College on October 1st

New arrangement of Impostor Syndrome at New Music New College on October 1st

A little bit ago, I wrote a piano trio for Hotel Elefant called Impostor Syndrome. I based the piece on a psychological phenomenon described by clinical psychologists Dr. Pauline R. Clance and Dr. Suzanne A. Imes in their paper “The Impostor Phenomenon in High Achieving women.”  (You can read a bunch about my process in...
Lainie gives talk to Yale Community on September 23rd

Lainie gives talk to Yale Community on September 23rd

I’m pretty excited to be heading back to my alma mater to give a talk on the lecture series curated by the folks at St. Anthony Hall.  They asked me to speak on any topic my composer’s noodle desires, so I’ve decided to create a tour through my current preoccupation: the management of change and...