Laura Steenberge is a performer and composer in Los Angeles who researches language, mythology, and ritual.
Steenberge is interested in nonsense and the boundaries of knowledge, and is influenced by folk music, psycholinguistics, acoustics and medieval Byzantine chant. A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and public speaker, Steenberge uses voice, viola da gamba, contrabass, and piano in conjunction with objects, images and movement to create traditional concert works and site-specific performances. She completed graduate studies in music composition at CalArts and Stanford University where she studied with Sara Roberts, Marc Sabat, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Michael Pisaro, Mark Applebaum, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Erik Ulman and Bissera Pentcheva. She currently teaches experimental sound practices at CalArts.
Laura’s current performance project, Byzantine Rites, has been recently realized at Joshua Tree National Park (High Desert Soundings festival), Automata (Dog Star festival, Los Angeles), St. Mary-at-Hill (Music We’d Like to Hear festival, London), Petersburg Art Space (Berlin) and the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (SASSAS sound. series, Culver City). Her recent recording projects include the Imaginary Music Radio Hour (May 2017-18, hosted by NTS), Harmonica Fables (2018, Nueni Recs), and The Four Winds recorded by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (2018, New Focus Recordings).
This year at Loop, Laura will be hosting a 90-minute Studio Session in which she will discuss her approaches to composition using her own work as examples.