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, October 24, 2005
Few and far between

Here is my short list of upcoming events:

Mary Jane Leach has a premiere this Friday October 28, a piece for soprano and 8-part women’s chorus, at Fifth Ave Presbyterian (55 St), at 7:30PM.

Next Saturday, October 29, French composer Gérard Grisey is featured at St Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, at 8PM.

Thursday Nov. 3, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents works by Allen Shawn, Veli-Matti Puumala, Athanasia Tzanou and Eric Moe.

Wed. November 9, the Beth Custer Ensemble performs an original soundtrack to a 1929 Soviet film, at Merkin Hall (8:00PM). The same evening, Maryanne Amacher appears at Roulette (20 Greene St) at 8:30PM. Also at Roulette – same location, multimedia artist Julia Heyward will perform on November 11.

Both Maryanne Amacher and Julia Heyward are important artists who have won NEAs, Guggenheims, International Awards, major recognition for their work - why are they performing downtown? Wouldn't a Lincoln Center gig be more appropriate? Or conversely, how many NEAs and Guggenheims does it take to get a gig at Roulette?

..and your truly has a piece in the Artistas de Loisaida annual group show at the Cork Gallery (downstairs Avery Fisher at Lincoln Center), opening reception on Friday November 4, 4-6PM. Other featured artists are: Deborah Aslanian, Mario Bustamante, Hector Cardenas, Lois Carlo, Ken Ecker, Dennis Edge, Lauren Edmond, Walter Fields, Keiko Kato, Yiannos K, Patricia Melvin, Horacio Molina, Susie Rankine, Carolyn Ratcliffe, Ana Ruiz- Castillo, Anna Sawaryn, Gavin Spielman, Leslie Tanner, Mario Vallejo, Anastasia Zielinski. The show's theme is 'life in a time of decadence'.