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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...
Culmination of HERE Arts Residency: Video of Elements is live!

Culmination of HERE Arts Residency: Video of Elements 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...
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...
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...
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Premieres and Vocal Performance on the Necessary Noise Festival on Saturday, February 10th

Premieres and Vocal Performance on the Necessary Noise Festival on Saturday, February 10th

So pumped when Joe Bergen asked me to join the killer lineup on Mantra Percussion‘s annual Necessary Noise Festival! I’ll be singing with Transit Ensemble on some of their rep and I’ll be privileged to be joined by the amazing Andie Springer for a short set of some brand spankin’ new Lainie tunes for violin, voice, and...
Lainie give talk on instrument building on February 6th

Lainie give talk on instrument building on February 6th

Nancy Nowacek (of building a bridge from Brooklyn to Governors Island fame) and David Sheinkopf (director of technology at the amazing Pioneerworks) curate a fabulous series on technology and the body called “MVR.” In their own words, MVR is: “a platform for sharing projects and ideas concerning these new interactions between body and information, device,...
The Gaits, High Line Soundwalk App, is back for year seven on December 21st

The Gaits, High Line Soundwalk App, is back for year seven on December 21st

It’s back!  For the seventh year in a row, Make Music New York and Friends of the High Line bring you The Gaits, a soundwalk a few of us nerdy composer folks 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 captured the warm, frosty glow of...
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,...
Lainie gives talk at Wesleyan University on November 28th

Lainie gives talk at Wesleyan University on November 28th

Paula Matthusen is a composer of beautiful sounds and a thoughtful, generous member of the music community. When she invited me to come speak to her electronic music class  about my work, I was so excited to come see her in her new gig as chair of the Wesleyan Music Department. I talked to her...
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...
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...