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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Saturday, March 04, 2006
Micro Classics

Many years ago I was amazed when for the first time, I heard Baroque music performed with the original temperaments and instruments. However subtle, if you have ears, you will enjoy the difference – it’s like looking at a painting with the perfect lighting.

This year the American Festival of Microtonal Music is presenting classics with that same enjoyable twist: AFMM researched the authentic and most appropriate temperaments for each piece – and prompts you to rediscover the Moonlight Sonata performed by Joshua Pierce in Kirnberger III (practical just intonation) and Georg Philipp Telemann’s Sonata in F minor for bassoon and harpsichord in 1/6th comma meantone, performed by Rebecca Pachevsky and Johnny Reinhard.

The two concerts will take place on March 25th and May 6th (8PM) at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields down in the West Village (487 Hudson St at Grove Street).

The Micro Fest will also feature premieres by Joel Mandelbaum, John Eaton and Johnny Reinhard, and a tribute to Tui St George Tucker.

And if you can’t make it to the concert, you can get a copy of Early, one of the releases on Pitch, the AFMM label ( with pieces by JS and JM Bach and Werckmeister (who is better known for his tunings than his compositions). Also worth noting is the Charles Ives’s Universe Symphony as realized and conducted by Johnny Reinhard (