posted September 22, 2004

Pioneering Musician Elodie Lauten to Perform

The department of music at Hope College will feature independent composer and producer Elodie Lauten on Friday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of the Nykerk Hall of Music. (This is a change in location from the earlier announcement.)

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The concert will be the culmination of a week-long residency that Lauten will be conducting with Hope College music students. While on campus she will be working with individual music students and ensembles. She will also be lecturing and presenting in other music classes.The performance will include the world premiere of several works by Lauten, including a contrabass solo titled "The Four Pillars of Common Sense," and a trio for piano, violin, and cello titled "T.E.V.B."

Lauten will also perform solo material during the Sept. 24 concert.

Lauten's diverse career in composition and performance includes piano, electric, electro-acoustic, chamber music, and operatic works. Over the last 30 years, she has released 18 albums under 10 different labels. She is known for her revolutionary work in post-minimalism.

"A seminal figure ... one of the leading postminimal composers," has said "The Village Voice."

Her most recent work, "Waking in New York City, a portrait of Allen Ginsberg," sheds new light on the poet's work. Ginsberg and Lauten roomed together in New York in the '70s, and this album is a tribute not only to the poet, but also her friend and mentor.

Lauten has remained in New York throughout her career, which put her very close to the attacks on September 11, 2001. A project, "S.O.W.W.T.C." was her swift and moving response to this tragedy. "The New York Times" commented on the sensitivity of this project by saying that "Elodie Lauten's music extracts order from chaos."

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