Laura Andel was born in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, where she grew up. After living, studying, and performing in
Argentina, she moved to Boston in 1993 to pursue studies in
composition. Since then, she has focused mainly on composition for
large ensembles and sometimes using conduction as part of the
compositional process. In 2000, Ms. Andel moved to New York City where
she created the Laura Andel Orchestra, a large ensemble that features
an unusual combination of instruments and unites musicians from diverse
musical and cultural backgrounds that perform Andel's extended
Currently, she created a 9-piece orchestra which premiered her work Doble Mano, and includes bandoneon, gamelan instruments, electric guitar, Fender Rhodes, vibraphone, cornet, viola, clarinets, piano and double bass. Also, Laura Andel is including the ensemble Gamelan Son of Lion in her most recent works.
Previous orchestra explorations include the 14-piece
As said by the Boston Phoenix,
line-up boasts a diverse crew of some of the best improvisers in town
whom you rarely see playing together." James Isaacs from Boston's
thinks that Andel is "one of New England's most provocative writers for
large improvising ensembles [...]", and mentions that "[Andel] was for
a time based in Berlin and was a figure of some consequence on that
city's avant-garde scene." DJ Jazz Kid from JazzFiles (Germany)
describes that "the group's unusual medley of players generates a
aura." Josef Engels from Die Welt (Berlin Newspaper) says about
her music that "Andel concentrates with an ironical approach on the
of sounds. For example, in her piece "The Squirrel", she develops a
but strictly organized duck-singing out of grunt sounds in the reed
Original and amusing, Berlin deserves more orchestras like this."
MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, June 17, 2002 ©Photo by Laura Andel
This extended 50-minute work for 14
and conductor, was composed by Laura Andel, premiered by the laura
orchestra, and recorded live by Elliott Sharp in October 2002 in New
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