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Elodie Lauten is actively involved in composing and performing. Her music spans categories and styles, with fully scored as well as improvised music, musical theater, orchestral, chamber and electronic music with a discography of over 30 titles on various major and independent labels. Venues include the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York City Opera, WNYC, The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, the Performing Garage, La Mama, Interpretations, the SEM Ensemble; university residencies at Hope College (MI) Franklin Pierce University (NH) Bucknell University (PA) and performances in Seattle, Chicago, Albuquerque, Boston, Philadelphia, in Uppsala, Sweden, with the band Arthur’s Landing, at the Paris Museum of Modern Art, and most recently in New York two staged productions running for 3 weeks at Theater for the New City (The Two-Cents Opera in 2009 and The Death of Don Juan in 2011).
Daughter of jazz pianist and composer Errol Parker, Elodie Lauten was born and educated in Paris at the Lycée Claude Monet, the Conservatoire (piano) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques. She moved to New York and became an American citizen. Starting out as a singer/songwriter, she became involved in electronic music, having first-hand experience with early analog synthesizers then moving on to digital, and becoming one of the first users of the Finale notation software. Currently, her compositions integrate computer notation with DAW software that she also uses for live performance. She has 20 years’ experience as a producer of recordings and live events.
Following her first national CD release Tronik Involutions and session work for Robbie Robertson on his CD The Native Americans, she was internet-polled “Best Keyboardist of 1998”. While a student at NYU, Master’s thesis, an opera for the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument, received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She also received awards from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, The Music Liberty Initiative, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYSCA, New York City Department for Cultural Affairs, and ASCAP, as well as chamber and orchestral commissions notably from the Bozeman Symphony, SUNY Fredonia University, the Seattle Chamber Players, the Queen’s Chamber Band and the Soho Baroque Opera.
Her work is documented in American Music in the 20th Century by Kyle Gann; New Sounds, by John Schaefer; Soho: The Rise and Fall of an Artist Colony by Richard Kostelanetz; Downtown, by Kyle Gann, a compilation of articles for the Village Voice over the past 20 years; La Musica Minimalista and the Novocento Music Dictionary (Italy), and Hold On To Your Dreams by Tim Lawrence (UK).
Elodie Lauten has also shown visual art and sound installations at Small Walls and Penine Hart Gallery in Soho, the Lincoln Center Cork Gallery and the New York Studio Gallery in Chelsea. A retrospective of her drawings and digital art on video was featured in the international Women Forward exhibition at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center.