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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Monday, April 07, 2008
Celebrating nonviolence: Satyagraha is here!

The Metropolitan Opera is running Satyagraha, the opera composed by Philip Glass in 1980 during his hyper-minimalist period, in other words the good old days when creators did not hesitate to carry on for several hours at a stretch (actually Satyagraha is only 3.5 hours long, which is considerably less than Debussy’s Pelléas) with very repetitive and meditative patterns; that was when meditation was hip, when there was an interest for nonviolence. This piece is in fact focused on a particular brand of nonviolence, as Gandhi explains: “Truth (Satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force… the Force which is born of Truth and love or nonviolence.” The libretto is in Sanskrit… so you’ll need to check out the meaning of the scenes with the link below to the very informative Metropolitan web page. The libretto is by Constance DeJong.

Satyagraha is a co-production of the Met and English National Opera, in collaboration with Improbable. The production will see its Metropolitan Opera premiere on Friday April 11 and will run on April 14, 19, 22, 25, 28 (the April 28th performance is available as part of the Connect at the Met series) and May 1; it features tenor Richard Croft, director Phelim McDermott and stage designer Julian Crouch, both from the previous London production. I can’t wait to see it.