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
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...
Isabelle O'Connell plays Barnacles in Dublin on September 3rd

Isabelle O’Connell plays Barnacles in Dublin on September 3rd

Pianist Isabelle O’Connell, the Irish Phenom (sounds like she’s a boxer, but thus she was dubbed by the New Yorker a few years back for her dazzling power and playfulness) is giving a recital back in her home town of Dublin at The National Concert Hall.   She’ll be playing my piece Barnacles, alongside gorgeous...
In Stockholm for the SMC/SMAC Conference!

In Stockholm for the SMC/SMAC Conference!

I’m here with Jascha Narveson in Stockholm, walking the adorable and/or design-y streets and seeing an amazing, giant, centuries-old ship.  I’m also eating REALLY GOOD HERRING SANDWICHES, thanks to the always reliable recs of Mr. Cameron Britt. But on Tuesday, the Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference / Sound and Music Computing Conference  (yes, together they are one mega-conference…...
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 to have in my life....
TILT premieres my piece Big Breath on June 27th

TILT premieres my piece Big Breath on June 27th

I’m was really happy when the amazing Chris McIntyre called me to write this piece to commemorate the 10th anniversary of all things TILT.  I love brass and I’ve been a big TILT fan for ages.  What I ended up making for them is a very theatrical piece called “Big Breath.”  It uses the fabulous...
Awarded commission for Grace and Spiritus Chorale

Awarded commission for Grace and Spiritus Chorale

I am so thrilled to be writing a big hunk of choir music for Grace and Spiritus, a fantastic community chorus based in Brooklyn.  I’ve known some of these singers for years, and they’re both talented and thoughtful, as well as adventurous and fun-loving!  Get ready for nonsense syllables and body percussion…
Phthia is finally making some demo tracks!

Phthia is finally making some demo tracks!

Ok, this band has been flying under the radar lately, but with this collection of amazingly talented friends, it’s hard to stay undercover for long!! We’re folky, we’re quirky, we make ribbit-y noises and lovingly fondle banjo heads… we’re Phthia! Phthia is: James Moore on banjo, mandocello, guitars, etc. Sara Budde on clarinet and bass...
Barnacles

Barnacles

When the amazing pianist Kathy Supové asked me to write a piece for her, I wondered at what to do with such a plum!  Her character is so much a part of her fabulous musical persona, I decided I wanted to bring out aspects of her personality that would enhance an understanding of her wonderful...