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
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...
Tongue of Thorns

Tongue of Thorns

I heard Dither play their first concert ever at the Stone in 2007, and I knew I was hooked.  Their combination of tender attention to detail and ability to rock hard and laugh large made them my dream team of performer superheroes.   Not long after that concert, (but after many afternoons at James Moore‘s...
Thanks, Konrad

Thanks, Konrad

I’ve loved SO Percussion since they were a twinkle in the Yale Percussion Studio’s eye… I’d sneak in the unlockable window of their Hendrie Hall space and tinker with their toys and pester them during their Drumming rehearsals or So Called Laws of Nature shedding sessions.  What an institution they’ve become!  I love these guys...
Celestial Mechanics

Celestial Mechanics

For my first few years at Princeton, I had the good fortune to come together with sopranos Anne Hege and Sarah Paden to form a Meredith Monk-inspired vocal trio we called “Celestial Mechanics.”  A bunch of people wrote us a wide diversity of pieces that we loved working up and sharing with the world (Alex...
Study for Market Day

Study for Market Day

I’ve been lucky enough to work with this fab four a couple of times – each time they dazzle me with their unbelievable skill, commitment, and love for the music they play.  Few groups embrace such a huge diversity of musics with as much panache as these guys. Anyway! You probably know and love the...
Tekiah

Tekiah

What could be more natural than doing a meditation on the Jewish shofar service for great highland bagpipes?  Nothing, if you ask me.  Nothing could be more natural. When I heard the amazing Matthew Welch play with Dither a few years ago, my heart was set on working with him.  Since I began writing him...
Take Out

Take Out

Take Out is a piece I wrote for Ensemble Klang when they came through Princeton.  This powerhouse group was known to me for their killer work with Oscar Bettison on his phenomenal work “O Death,” so I was really thrilled to get to work with them. They’re Dutch, so what did I do?  I was...