August 5: Four short pieces with objects. Underwolf Records festival at Outhaus.
August 12: Performing with Mustafa Walker, a set of music for viola da gamba and hurdy gurdy. Indexical’s Everything Else festival, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 4pm.
Current interests: vocal interference, low frequencies, nonsense, tubes, Byzantine chant, paper, aliens, necromancy, villains, harmonicas, tuning forks, 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 and the voice. 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 and movement to create works that intersect mythology and imaginary music with science and the physical shape of sound 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.