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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...
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...