After studying music and near eastern languages at Yale, Lainie is currently in her third year of the composition graduate program at Princeton.
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Lainie has participated in workshops including: the Sentieri Selvaggi composer workshop in Milan (with Julia Wolfe), the Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble Workshop in New York City, The Bang on a Can Summer Residency in North Adams, Massachusetts, and the Arabic Music Retreat with Simon Shaheen at Mount Holyoke College.
Lainie’s recent performance projects include writing for and singing alto with avant vocal trio Celestial Mechanics (with sopranos Anne Hege and Sarah Paden) and writing for and singing with post-minimalist folk funk band Phthia (with Missy Mazzoli on melodica, Sara Phillips Budde on clarinet, and James Moore on banjo).
Lainie has enjoyed rich success with her soulful kazoo playing. Her performance experiences include joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars in a performance of Louis Andriessen’s “Worker’s Union” and numerous New York area performances of Terry Riley’s “In C.”
Lainie’s past, present and future collaborators include: pianist Michael Mizrahi, cellist Jody Redhage, guitarist/banjoist James Moore, electric guitar quartet Dither, So Percussion, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and the Yale Collegium Musicum.