CANCELLED March 13: solo performance at Radius Gallery in Santa Cruz, 8pm. Also sets by Desert Magic and Larry Polansky.
CANCELLED March 20: folk songs arranged for 2 voices, viola and viola da gamba with Heather Lockie at MorYork in Los Angeles. Also playing, Desert Magic.
March 22: performance for the @SEA salon series at the Poetic Research Bureau (PRB) in Los Angeles, 1-3pm. Theme: THRESHOLDS
May 17: afternoon salon at Descanso Gardens, 1-3 pm, curated by Carole Kim. Performances and reading by Eve Luckring, Sara Roberts and myself.
June 10: Dogstar performance with Deso Duo, details forthcoming.
October 3 or 4: duo performance with Jeph Jerman at High Desert Soundings, Joshua Tree.
December 4: new piece for the Dog Star Orchestra at the Wende Museum in Los Angeles, curated by Michael Pisaro. [rescheduled from April 4]
New essay and recording (viola da gamba solo) up now on Lateral Addition.
Indexical has become a non-profit and I am serving as president of the board. I really love this organization and am so happy to be working with them. They put on concerts and make recordings of new music and sound works, print beautiful media, organize workshops and discussions and generally help make space for the experimental arts in Santa Cruz.
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
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: the language of the birds, aural practices vs. written practices, Aquitanian chant, viola da gamba, piano, talk boxes, folk songs, triple-stops
Bio: Laura Steenberge is a composer and performer who studies aural and written practices at the intersections of language, mythology and music. As a composer she primarily creates works for vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles. As a performer she makes use of voice, viola da gamba, piano, harmonica, tuning forks, paper, objects and movement to create etudes, songs and site-specific performances.
In the past couple years, in various ways, she has had the good fortune to work with Heather Lockie, KCM Walker, Catherine Lamb, Julia Holter, Carmina Escobar, Sarah Davachi, Rage Thormbones, Carolyn Chen, Jess Basta, Apartment House, Line Upon Line Percussion, Southland Ensemble, Deso Duo, Tim Parkinson, Clay Chaplin, Argenta Walther, Tim Feeney, Jessika Kenney, Tashi Wada, and Marco Fusi, among others. Recent recording projects include the Imaginary Music Radio Hour (NTS.com), Harmonica Fables (Nueni Recs), and The Four Winds recorded by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (New Focus Recordings).
Steenberge completed graduate degrees in music composition at CalArts (MFA) and Stanford University (DMA) where she studied with Sara Roberts, Marc Sabat, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Michael Pisaro, Tom Leeser, Mark Applebaum, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Paul DeMarinis, Erik Ulman and Bissera Pentcheva. She currently lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, transcribing Medieval chant and serving as president of Indexical, a non-profit experimental music organization.