Composer/keyboardist/producer Elodie Lauten creates operas, music for dance and theatre, orchestral, chamber and instrumental music. Not a household name, she is however widely recognized by historians as a leading figure of post-minimalism and a force on the new music scene, with 20 releases on a number of labels.

Her opera Waking in New York, Portrait of Allen Ginsberg was presented by the New York City Opera (2004 VOX and Friends) in May 2004, after being released on 4Tay, following three well-received productions. OrfReo, a new opera for Baroque ensemble was premiered at Merkin Hall by the Queen's Chamber Band, whose New Music Alive CD (released on Capstone in 2004) includes Lauten's The Architect. The Orfreo CD was released in December 2004 on Studio 21. In September 2004 Lauten was composer-in-residence at Hope College, MI. Lauten's Symphony 2001, was premiered in February 2003 by the SEM Orchestra in New York. In 1999, Lauten's Deus ex Machina Cycle for voices and Baroque ensemble (4Tay) received strong critical acclaim in the US and Europe. Lauten's Variations On The Orange Cycle (Lovely Music, 1998) was included in Chamber Music America's list of 100 best works of the 20th century.

Born in Paris, France, she was classically trained as a pianist since age 7. She received a Master's in composition from New York University where she studied Western composition with Dinu Ghezzo and Indian classical music with Ahkmal Parwez. Daughter of jazz pianist/drummer Errol Parker, she is also a fluent improviser. She became an American citizen in 1984 and has lived in New York since the early seventies

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Friday, May 06, 2005
Music Underground’s Oldie Top 13

This is my short list of old favorite classics – Western music only, ethnic belongs to its own other category. In alphabetical order by composer:

J.S. Bach: entire works for keyboard
Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
John Coltrane: Ascension
Morton Feldman: For John Cage
Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach
Claudio Motenverdi: Orfeo
Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Terry Riley: In C
Arthur Russell: Tower of Meaning
The Stooges: Funhouse
The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat
La Monte Young: The Well-Tuned Piano