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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Sunday, March 06, 2005
A slighly slanted reading of the Calendar for New Music

Microtonalists are back full force with the Microfest 25th Anniversary festival on March 26, April 8 and May 6 at Faust Harrison Pianos on 58 Street, which explains the unusual amount of classical music on the program, performed in ‘correct’ tuning including…Beethoven and Mendelssohn, plus festival fixtures Johnny Reinhard, Jon Catler, Joseph Pehrson (don’t miss soprano Meredith Borden’s performance she is most likely the only one who can sing this stuff on correct pitch). And nearly at the same time, the other group of Microtonalists with Dean Drummond is doing Harry Partch’s Oedipus at the Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair, NJ, from March 30 to April 3. At least the dates are not in conflict. And Gamelan Son of Lion – more mircrotonal music in Balinese tunings Slendro and Pelog - is back also on March 24 at Greenwich Arts Music School with special guests Joseph Kubera, piano and Bill Ruyle, percussion.