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
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...
Market Day featured at LABAlive in NYC on June 2nd

Market Day featured at LABAlive in NYC on June 2nd

As a culmination of my intensely fun fellowship year through the LABA program at the 14th St Y, my string quartet setting of James Sturm’s wrenching graphic novel Market Day will be featured on their final event of the LABAlive season.  I was so lucky to be able to bring in Steve Taylor and Patrick...
Elements has first 20 minute workshop on CULTUREMART March 8th and 9th

Elements has first 20 minute workshop on CULTUREMART March 8th and 9th

Here it is, folks! My first year as a resident composer at the HERE Arts center is about to have its first blossom on the three: my combo story-telling, math-explaining, percussion-hitting, Radiolab meets John Cage with a splash of Georg Cantor, comes to CULTUREMART (like a buffet of workshops of the pieces the HERE fellows...
The Sideband Chronicle for WALO is live!

The Sideband Chronicle for WALO is live!

I love being in Sideband, the pro touring group that spun out of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, all thanks in large part to the wonderfully warped mind of Doctor Dan Trueman.  For years I’d been poking around the world of electronic music, feeling very much like an outsider, but once I got to Princeton and...
James Moore & Andie Springer play Wine Pairings for LABA's DRUNK night on Thursday, January 21st, at 7:30pm

James Moore & Andie Springer play Wine Pairings for LABA’s DRUNK night on Thursday, January 21st, at 7:30pm

As part of this awesome LABA fellowship that I have at the 14th Street Y this year, I create my first new piece of art!  Every other week since September, this amazing group of Jewish writers, artists, musicians, dancers, and film makers get together and read sacred Jewish texts that deal with notions of physical...
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...