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 in an amphitheater out in nature.
May 25/26: Tiffany Ng and I will perform Bellograms, and Joey Brink will premier Red Shift for electro-acoustic carillon, at a festival of new music for carillon at the University of Chicago.
June 2: premier of Byzantine Rites, a collection of pieces for music and actions for Southland Ensemble, at Automata.
June 28: performance at Mengi in Reyjkavic, Iceland with Clay Chaplin, Heather Lockie, KCM Walker, Stina Heraldsdottir and others.
July 13: Byzantine Rites at the Music We’d Like to Hear festival in London. I’ll be performing, along with some UK musicians, more details soon.
July 16-23: a couple performances in Berlin, more details soon.
July 28: Rage Thormbones premiers a new work for trombone duo at Darmstadt, more details soon.
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, coming out April 6. Works by Gilda Lyons, Jennifer Jolley, Cara Haxo and myself.
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.