June 9 @ 7pm: Solo set at the Black Mountain College Museum (BMCM). I’ll be premiering a new collection, Devil Works for Idle Hands. For traditional instruments (harmonica, psaltery, harp, etc.) played as lazily and hands-free as possible. Sharing the night with Weston Olencki and his AI banjo.


+ Interested in music lessons? Message me here or through instagram at imaginarymusic. Areas of focus include composition, performance, sound art, songwriting, folk music, singing in harmony, arranging, music theory (from medieval to present day), piano, viola da gamba, contrabass, acoustic guitar.


+ Imaginary Music Radio Hour shows are archived here

+ Essay and recording (viola da gamba solo) up now on Lateral Addition

+ Harmonica Fables, release by nueni recs. Info here, and reviews here.

+ Check out Sarah Davachi’s Pale Bloom, Eric km Clark and I joined her on violin and viola da gamba.

+ Also check out Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends. I got to contribute a little singing with some wonderful people: Julia Holter, Jessika Kenney and Simone Forti.

+ Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble release, Motherland, includes The Four Winds (2015).

+ For Mike Winter’s release, lower limit, he asked me to write the liner notes and I got to learn a lot about math as a result.

+ Article by Leah B. Levinson in Soap Ear #2

+ I was included in The Guardian feature, The Sound of LA!

+ Research paper about word painting in medieval Byzantine chant has been published in Aural Architecture in Byzantium: Music, Acoustics and Ritual, ed. Bissera Pentcheva.


Bio: Laura Steenberge is an interdisciplinary composer and performer at the crossroads of music, language, gesture, and mythology. Her creative and research practice encompasses vocal composition and songwriting, instrumental chamber works, research on word painting in medieval chant, experiments in audiovisual and ceremonial performance practices, and performance with contrabass and viola da gamba. Current composer-performer projects: solo works for voice and viola da gamba, recordings for bass trio, ritualistic audiovisual compositions. Current research: the transcription, recording and teaching of eleventh-century Aquitanian chant under the umbrella of the EnChanted Images project at Stanford, in collaboration with medieval art historian Bissera Pentcheva. Recent recording projects include the Imaginary Music Radio Hour (NTS.com), Harmonica Fables (Nueni Recs), and The Four Winds recorded by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (New Focus Recordings). She has taught experimental sound practices at the California Institute of the Arts and Stanford University and resides in Asheville, NC.

Works List – January 2020

CV – November 2019

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photo by Boris Oicherman
photo by Boris Oicherman

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