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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...
Dither performs Tongue of Thorns on the Bang on a Can Marathon June 21st

Dither performs Tongue of Thorns on the Bang on a Can Marathon June 21st

Not only am I incredibly thrilled to be programmed on the Bang on a Can marathon concert this June 21st, but I’m so grateful that it’ll be my amazing friends and longtime collaborators, Dither, who will be playing my quartet Tongue of Thorns.  It’s like a favorite dream come true wrapped in a package of...
Kamilla Arku performs Barnacles in Warrington, UK on May 2nd

Kamilla Arku performs Barnacles in Warrington, UK on May 2nd

Kamilla Arku, my buddy from my time back at Yale, is a deep, sensitive pianist, and a brilliant musical omnivore – she jumps easily from baroque to romantic, modernist to ferociously minimal.  I’m so pleased that she’ll be sharing my piece Barnacles (check out my post on that piece here) in Warrington on May 2nd...
Hotel Elefant premieres Impostor Syndrome at Subculture on March 8th

Hotel Elefant premieres Impostor Syndrome at Subculture on March 8th

I am so thrilled to be letting my Elefant trumpet blare for the first time!  On Sunday, March 8, on the last of their speakOUT concert series, Hotel Elefant will give the premiere of my piece that they commissioned last fall – it’s called Impostor Syndrome, and it’s scored for Violin (the dazzling Andie Springer),...
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...
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...
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...