Harlem, New York City
Laura Andel is a composer and educator from Argentina, currently based in Harlem, New York City. She grew up in Buenos Aires, and has been living in New York since the year 2000.
One of her main interests is exploring diverse combinations of instruments for her music, and collaborating with musicians from different musical and cultural backgrounds. She has composed music for small and large orchestras, Jazz Big Band, Symphony Orchestra, and for instruments such as Javanese Gongs, Argentinean Bandoneon, Brazilian Berimbau, Russian Theremin, Ecuadorian Dulzainas, and Peruvian Seashell-shaped Ceramic Trumpet.
Her creative process also revolves around the visual manifestations of music by way of creating original music drawings and graphic scores that initiate an intimate dialogue between sound and its representation. She has created works on pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and collage.
Andel has received awards for her music from the Rockefeller Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, American Music Center, New York State Music Fund, Edward T. Cone Foundation, BMI Foundation, Unesco-Aschberg, Jerome Foundation, Urban Artist Initiative/NYC, and the Senate for Culture of the City of Berlin.
Her music is published by such labels as Red Toucan, Rossbin, Innova, CIMP, Cadence Jazz Records, and can also be heard as soundtrack for video, film, and choreographic works. Andel’s music has also been selected for publication to celebrate the 50 Years of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, the 40 Years of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships, the 10 Years of Red Toucan Records, and the 30 Years of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. The Laura Andel New York Orchestra has released 4 CDs: Somnambulist, In::Tension:., Doble Mano, and Khartes.
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