New York, NY- Composer Laura Andel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After living and working in her native Buenos Aires, and for several years in Boston, Ms. Andel moved to New York City in 2000, where she currently resides. She has performed her music in New York, Boston, Berlin, Caracas, Buenos Aires, and other cities. One of Andel\’s passions is the sound generated by large ensembles comprised of unusual combinations of instruments. For this purpose, she creates her own ensembles to perform her instrument-specific compositions. Ms. Andel’s recent music commissions include a commission by The Kitchen, a commission by the Festival of New Trumpet Music with funds from the Greenwall Foundation, and a Bronx River Art Center commission with funds from the New York State Music Fund/Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Two new commissions will be premiered on October 17, 2009 at Brecht Forum in New York City.
Laura Andel has been a composer in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, MacDowell Colony, Sacatar Foundation, Yaddo Artist Colony, Valparaiso Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, and Ucross Foundation. Ms. Andel has also received several grants and awards for her work, among some of them are the Aaron Copland Fund Awards Recording Grant, a Music Composition Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, grants from the Senate for Culture of the City of Berlin, and the BMI Foundation-Jerry Harrington Jazz Composers Award. Her recordings include SomnambulisT and In::Tension:.. Ms. Andel’s extended works Doble Mano and Apsides are currently in the process of being published.