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It is with deep sadness that Lower East Side Performing Arts, Inc. (LESPA) announces the passing of its Founder and Executive Director, composer Elodie Lauten on June 3, 2014. She had been suffering from a very aggressive form of cancer and died in Manhattan's Beth Israel Hospital.

Lauten's death came two days after the debut performance of her now-definitive version of Waking in New York, an opera with the libretto created for her by poet Allen Ginsberg about New York City and the diversity of its people, at the Church of St. Mark's in-the-Bowery.

The performance was led by Music Director Kenneth Hamrick, who wrote about her passing, "While so-challenged - but determined over these last days, she did get to hear-watch portions of the archival film (of Waking in New York) made last Friday culminating a weeklong residency at the National Opera Center. With tears in her eyes and a joyous smile on her face, she mouthed the word beautiful, indeed while holding a copy of the program in her hands." He also wrote to the cast, "She asked me to thank you for making her devoted wishes for a splendid performance of Waking in New York, indeed her artistic testament, such a realized success."

The National Opera Center performance has been archived at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zMJ2KeV4Zs

LESPA Board President Carolyn Ratcliffe added, "Like her music, Elodie was electric and vital, bringing to life the spirit of compassion and tolerance portrayed by the poets she revered. Her ability to weave a complex musical score, pulling from styles ranging from Baroque to Punk is nothing short of amazing.

Daughter of jazz pianist and composer Errol Parker, Elodie Lauten was born and educated in Paris at the Lycee Claude Monet, the Conservatoire and the Institut d Etudes Politiques. She moved to New York, and became an American citizen in 1984. She started as a singer/songwriter and explored electronic music, having first-hand experience with analog synthesizers. In 1998 following her first national release Tronik Involutions, she was polled Best Keyboardist of 1998. While at NYU, her Master’s thesis, an opera for the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument, received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She taught composition at NYU and was on the faculty at CUNYs New York City College of Technology.

Her music spans categories and styles, with fully-scored as well as improvised music, opera-musical theater, orchestral, chamber and electronic music with a discography of over 30 titles on various major and independent labels including Point/Polygram, Capitol, 4Tay, Unseen Worlds, New Tone (Italy), and many others. Venues include the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York City Opera, WNYC, The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, the Performing Garage, La Mama, the Soho Baroque Opera, Downtown Music Productions, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, the Chicago Arts Festival, Interpretations, the SEM Ensemble, throughout the U.S. with performances and university residencies and in Europe, notably at the Paris Museum of Modern Art, and recently two staged productions running for three weeks at Manhattan’s Theater for the New City: The Two-Cents Opera in 2009 and The Death of Don Juan in 2011. She had just received the Robert Rauschenberg Award 2014 from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts noting her spirit of innovation, risk-taking, and experimentation; also awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, The Music Liberty Initiative, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center, the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYSCA, New York City Department for Cultural Affairs, ASCAP as well as chamber and orchestral commissions.

More about her at http://www.elodielauten.net

Her musical-artistic legacy continues through the Elodie Lauten Music Trust, actively producing ongoing performances of her works, mostly the opera and theater works she cherished.

Lower East Side Performing Arts, Inc. has launched the Elodie Lauten Music Fund. Tax-deductible contributions honoring her can be made at: www.lesperformingarts.org

As to her last wishes, following cremation, a much-musical, celebratory Memorial Service is planned for the Church of St Mark’s in-the-Bowery.

CONTACTS:

Biographies, professional affiliations, photos and press: Jeffrey James, Arts Consulting jamesarts@att.net Tel. 516 586-3433

Internet and web-based activities: Mike Barry, Princeton Creative mike@princetoncreative.com Tel. 609 454-3923

New Music USA: Frank Oteri, New Music Box/ New Music USA fjo@newmusicusa.org Tel. 212 645-6949

Lower East Side Performing Arts: tax-deductible contributions to the Elodie Lauten Music Fund Carolyn Ratcliff, President nymagnolia@gmail.com Tel. 347 458-8940

Elodie Lauten Music Trust Kenneth Hamrick, Executor kenneth.hamrick@americanvirtuosi.org Tel. 212 300-3058

Elodie Lauten thanks the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for the Robert Rauschenberg Award 2014

About the music

"One of the most influential composers of our time..." Sequenza21

“Elegiac melodies... “Lovely, effecting and affecting”.."a fixture of the New York scene..." The New York Times

“A composer of enchanting music… a seminal figure…” The Village Voice

“A force on the new music scene...” Fanfare

   

About the art

"...a creative force in several dimensions... She not only writes music (including avant- garde opera), but also orchestrates the entire production of those operas. Additionally she makes installations, drawings, collages, video animations and digital art. Samples of her genius are in this show and are very exciting to see. Elodie’s highly sophisticated use of today’s advanced technology has opened a new dimension in the art world. Her curious and alert mind restlessly searches for a new language for art. "
James Baldwin Cohen, review of group exhibition Women Forward at Williamsburg Art & Historical center

   
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About the creator
Daughter of jazz pianist and composer Errol Parker, Elodie Lauten was born and educated in Paris at the Lycée Claude Monet, the Conservatoire and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques. She moved to New York, and became an American citizen in 1984. She started as a singer/songwriter and explored electronic music, having first-hand experience with analog synthesizers. In 1998 following her first national release Tronik Involutions she was polled Best Keyboardist of 1998. While at NYU, her Master’s thesis, an opera for the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument, received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught composition at NYU is currently on the faculty at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.

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 including Point/Polygram, Capitol, 4Tay, Unseen Worlds, New Tone (Italy), and many others. Venues include the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York City Opera, WNYC, The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, the Performing Garage, La Mama, the Soho Baroque Opera, Downtown Music Productions, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, the Chicago Arts Festival, Interpretations, the SEM Ensemble, throughout the US with performances and university residencies and in Europe, notably at the Paris Museum of Modern Art, and recently 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.

She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, The Music Liberty Initiative, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center, the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYSCA, New York City Department for Cultural Affairs, ASCAP as well as chamber and orchestral commissions.

 

 

 

 

   
   
   

 

 

 


 

 


 


HAPPENINGS...

 

SAVE THE DATE: WAKING IN NEW YORK
June 1st, St Mark's Church

Second Ave/10th St 3pm Reception 5pm
$15 / $10 Seniors/Students / $5 Guests
Information/Reservations 212-388-0202

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