March 2: Songs on virginal and viola da gamba in Highland Park, to celebrate a new album by Logan Hone, Jesse Quebbeman and friends. More details soon.
March 3: Premier of Ritual for Harmonica at the wulf. at Coaxial. With performances by Iris Sidikman and Erika Bell.
March 13: Marshweed at the Bootleg. Playing contrabass in Heather Lockie’s musical project. Also on the bill, Desert Magic.
March 24: Doing something at Character Projects, performances also by Jaap Blonk and Marta Tiesenga. 8pm
April 14/15: High Desert Soundings, festival in Joshua Tree hosted by UCSD. I’ll be playing something outside somewhere.
May 25/26: Tiffany Ng and I will perform Bellograms, and Joey Brink will premier Red Shift for electro-acoustic carillon, at a carillon festival at the University of Chicago.
June 2: Byzantine Rites, a concert of new works for Southland Ensemble, at Automata.
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, 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.