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Laurie San Martin: Bodies in Motion

Laurie San Martin (UCD Music) Faculty

About the Project: Bodies in Motion combines performance and composition with a non-traditional canvas of data projection to create an immersive sensory environment. This project explored the relationship between sound and movement, pairing works by composer Laurie San Martin with visual environments created live by  artists Glenda Drew and Jess Drew, and featuring performance work by choreographer David Grenke and members of the New York-based company Thingszisee’m Dance/Theater.

About the Artist:
Laurie San Martin is a composer, teacher and an occasional clarinetist and conductor. She teaches music theory and composition at UC Davis and was co-director of the Empyrean Ensemble from 2001-09. Born in Oakland, California in 1968, Laurie grew up in Berkeley in a musical household. She studied violin, clarinet and piano, focusing mainly on clarinet. She attended UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Brandeis University where she studied composition, clarinet and conducting under such masters as Luis Baez, Ross Bauer, Martin Boykan, Eric Chasalow, Jung-Ho Pak, Deborah Pittman, David Rakowski, David Schneider, Olly Wilson and Yehudi Wyner. Laurie holds a PhD from Brandeis University in Theory and Composition.

As a composer, she writes concert music for chamber ensemble and orchestra but has also written incidental music for theater, dance and video. This spring, gayageum virtuoso Yi Ji-Young and the Lydian String Quartet will premiere a new work on the Pacific Rim Festival in Boston, Santa Cruz and Korea. She will also have first performances this spring in New York by Sequitur and the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society.

Her music has been performed the US and Europe by such ensembles as Speculum Musicae, eighth blackbird, EARPLAY, the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. She has received awards from the League of Composers-ISCM, the International Alliance for Women in Music, the Margaret Blackwell Memorial Prize in Composition, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Awards. As a composition fellow, she has attended the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Norfolk Contemporary Chamber Music Festival and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College.

Laurie has taught at Clark University and now teaches at UC Davis as associate professor of music. Her music can be found on the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s “San Francisco Premieres” CD, released in 2005. Her piano tango is included on a forthcoming CD of new piano tangos performed by Amy Briggs.

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