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, June 23, 2007
Noisy meditators?

If there is a mover and shaker in New York, its’ John Zorn: undeterred by the closing of Tonic, here he is again with a new club, The Stone, at Avenue C and 2nd Street. And another veteran of the New York scene, Peter Zummo helps launch the new live site with his “Noisy Meditation Band”, featuring former Jonathan Richman and Arthur Russell buddy Ernie Brooks on bass, Tom Hamilton on synth, Michael Evans on drums and electronics, and Yvette Perez on synth and vocals, performing compositions by Zummo (who is also playing trombone). Peter Zummo, Arthur Russell and I used to play together several times a week back in the day. Peter has done so much, being a member of the Lounge Lizards, composing for Trisha Brown, performing and composing relentlessly and with a sense of humor and lightness that is remarkably unique. And he can play the didjeridoo like he was born in the southern hemisphere.

So… something to see, a new band in a new venue, Tuesday June 26 at 10PM, admission $10 will not kill you.