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, August 20, 2005
Wild and wacky summer downtown

The Howl Festival, taking place August 23-28, features Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed this year... as well as Penny Arcade, a downtown classic. It’s funny how lately big names appear in what used to be modest downtown venues – Meredith Monk at Joe’s Pub a while back…Why aren't these people getting better gigs? Another sign of the times, I guess… Either that, or downtown has become IT.

The Save CBGBs Festival is a not to miss with band names like World Inferno, Fearless Vampire Killers, Final Conflict, Electric Frankenstein, Dead Boys, Cheetah Chrome, Battallion of Saints.

Two Boots is featureing a new horror film named Chaos by David de Fulco. How appropriate a title.

Meanwhile, perusing the Village Voice, I noticed Kool Cigarettes are sponsoring a so-called New Jazz Philosophy Tour with names like The Roots, Floetry, De La Soul, Busta Rhimes, Miri Ben Ari… I don’t know about you but I have never heard of these people in jazz. Is this really jazz or well-marketed jazzed-up pop?