No events for a while, but I hope to see you soon.


+ 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 a composer and performer who studies aural and written practices at the intersections of language, mythology and music. As a composer she primarily creates works for vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles. As a performer she makes use of voice, viola da gamba, piano, harmonica, tuning forks, paper, objects and movement to create etudes, songs and site-specific performances.

Current projects include solo improvisations for voice and viola da gamba, transcriptions of medieval Aquitanian chant, and ritualistic audiovisual work for windy spaces. 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).

Steenberge completed graduate degrees in music composition at CalArts (MFA) and Stanford University (DMA) where she studied with Sara Roberts, Marc Sabat, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Michael Pisaro, Tom Leeser, Mark Applebaum, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Paul DeMarinis, Erik Ulman and Bissera Pentcheva.

Works List – January 2020

CV – November 2019

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photo by Boris Oicherman
photo by Boris Oicherman

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