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October 26: Songs on viola da gamba at a house show. Celebrating Ben Levinson’s record release of his project Cali Bellow & His Honest Truth. Also sets by Jo RB Jones and Goose Pimple. 1520 Munson Ave, Los Angeles 90042, 8pm.

October 28: Short viola da gamba set at Pop-Hop Books, 4pm. Also sounds and readings by Deenah Vollmer, Nikki Darling, Janet Sarbanes, Charlyne Yi and Emily Lacy.

November 8: Set at Coaxial, tbd. Also sets by Erika Bell, Kee Avil, Black Givre.

November 9: Improvisations with Tim Feeney, Jessika Kenney and KCM Walker at Art Share LA, 8pm. I’ll be playing gamba, trumpet, harmonica, metallic things…

November 11: Session at Ableton’s Loop Festival LA, early afternoon.

December 8: Performance at Coaxial, fundraiser for High Desert Soundings festival. With Tim Feeney.

January 5: Short set in Austin, TX to kick off Line Upon Line Percussion’s 1st composer residency program.


Excited to be a composer-in-residence along with Steven Snowden for Line Upon Line Percussion’s first composer residency program, to be held in Austin TX in January 2019. Free tuition for graduate and undergraduate composers, more details here.

New CD out on Nueni Recs: Harmonica Fables is a collection of pieces for harmonica, some performed as single takes, others created as multi-tracked collages, inspired by ritual, chant, and fable. Some reviews here.

Piriforms for 4 voices now up on Score Follower

New CD by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Motherland, now available! Works by Gilda Lyons, Jennifer Jolley, Cara Haxo and myself.

Article by Ben Levinson in Soap Ear #2

Imaginary Music Radio Hour shows are archived here


Current interests: vocal interference, low frequencies, nonsense, tubes, bards, paper, chant, necromancy, harmonicas, birds, the music of the spheres, bells.

Instruments: viola da gamba, contrabass, piano, guitar, harmonica, voice, invented instruments, some trumpet and fipple flute.

100-150 word bio: Laura Steenberge is a performer and composer in Los Angeles who researches language, the voice, mythology and acoustics. Influenced by folk music, psycholinguistics, acoustics and medieval Byzantine chant, collectively her work is a study of nonsense and the boundaries of knowledge. A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and public speaker, Steenberge uses voice, contrabass, viola da gamba, objects, images to create works in traditional and site-specific locations throughout California, including SF MOMA, the Sutro Baths, the Hammer Museum, REDCAT and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She holds BAs in music and linguistics from the University of Southern California, an MFA in composer/performer and integrated media from CalArts, and a DMA in music composition from Stanford University. She teaches experimental sound practices at CalArts.

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