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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...
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...
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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...
Newspeak gives New York Premiere of Here I Am at Roulette on May 1st

Newspeak gives New York Premiere of Here I Am at Roulette on May 1st

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 for a decade or so. ...
James Moore plays "Three Necks" at Spectrum on March 7th

James Moore plays “Three Necks” at Spectrum on March 7th

James Moore is pretty much my favorite person.  I’ve written more music for this guitar hero than for any other person, and it’s always a blast. The piece he’s playing at Spectrum, Three Necks, is part of my portrait pieces project (for more on this long-term feature of Lainie-life, take a visit to the page...
Grace & Spiritus Chorale sing "and how was your day today?" in Brooklyn, January 24th, 25th, and 26th

Grace & Spiritus Chorale sing “and how was your day today?” in Brooklyn, January 24th, 25th, and 26th

Well, it’s finally here! After cooking this choir piece for 6 months or so, it’s coming out of the oven, all warm and crispy.  I handed Grace & Spiritus, in answer to their lovely commission, a quirky little guy… or should I say big guy: a 20-minute tour of some of my favorite vocal techniques...
Sideband opening for ensemble et al at Spectrum on January 18th

Sideband opening for ensemble et al at Spectrum on January 18th

Sideband, that ever intrepid laptop ensemble I’ve been cavorting with (playing in) for the last couple of years is opening for ensemble et al‘s record release party at Spectrum!  Florent Ghys will be there kicking up a storm of bass tunes as well.  Come join in the fun and frolic!  We’ll be doing tunes by...
Cynthia Hiebert and Julia Baumgartel play "Awkward Waltz" in Kitchener, Ontario on January 12th

Cynthia Hiebert and Julia Baumgartel play “Awkward Waltz” in Kitchener, Ontario on January 12th

When Cynthia Hiebert, the talented, sparky, Canadian harpsichordist emailed me a few months ago to ask if I had a piece for baroque violin and harpsichord, I almost drooled on my laptop.  Harpsichord and baroque violin are two of my all time favorite instruments!  They’re so sweet and tangy, nostalgic but also very modern sounding,...
The Gaits is back!  Soundwalk-parade for the High Line on December 21st

The Gaits is back! Soundwalk-parade for the High Line on December 21st

It’s back!  For a third 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 Fiddley Tune in Dublin on October 12

James Moore & Andie Springer play Fiddley Tune in Dublin on October 12

Making music with James Moore and Andie Springer is pretty much like ordering an ice cream sundae with cayenne pepper on top – sweet and crazy!  A few years ago, to welcome the magnificent Andie to my band Phthia, I wrote her a fun, folky song to get our toes a’tapping.  She and James developed...