My name is Lauren Redhead and I am a composer from the UK.
I am interested in new music and new aesthetics.
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I am a composer and performer of experimental music based in the UK. My special interests are organ and electronics, graphic and extended notation, post-war modernism and collaboration.
My research interests are in the aesthetics and sociosemiotics of music, psychoanalytic perspectives on music, minority discourse, anti-aesthetics, materialism and notation. My PhD thesis took a practice-led approach to the application of relational aesthetics in music.
I am currently the president of the Music and/as Process study group.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Music at Canterbury Christ Church University in the School of Music and Performing Arts. I have previously worked at the University of Surrey, the University of Nottingham, the University of Leeds, the University of Huddersfield, and Edge Hill University.
I received my PhD in composition at the University of Leeds. My supervisors were Prof. Derek Scott and Prof Martin Iddon, and my research was funded by the AHRC. I have also worked with Dr Mic Spencer at the University of Leeds.
Short (Press) Biography
Lauren Redhead is a composer of experimental music, a performer of music for organ and electronics, and musicologist who focuses on the aesthetics as socio-semiotics of music.
As a composer, Lauren’s music has been performed by international artists such as Ian Pace, the Nieuw Ensemble, Trio Atem, Philip Thomas, BL!NDMAN ensemble and rarescale, and she has received commissions from Yorkshire Forward, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Making Music and the PRSF for Music, Octopus Collective with the Arts Council of England and most recently from TRANSIT festival. Her opera with librettist Adam Strickson, green angel, was premiered in January 2011 with the support of the Arts Council of England.
Lauren’s music has been performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the London Ear Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Composer’s Marathon V (Vienna), Full of Noises Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and many locations throughout the UK and Europe.
A CD of Lauren’s chamber works entitled tactile figures was released on the engraved glass label in 2012. She has since released two albums with the pan y rosas discos experimental music label (Chicago) and her work ‘concerto’ featured on the debut album of the Vocal Constructivists, ‘Walking Still’ (Innova).
As an organ performer Lauren has premiered notable works of experimental music by Chris Newman, Nick Williams, John Lely, and Scott McLaughlin, amongst others. Lauren is actively involved in promoting and commissioning new works for organ and electronics and graphic and open notation works for the organ. In 2013 she made her debut organ performance in North America at Wesleyan University and appeared at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. She co-curates the ‘Automatronic’ concert series for organ and electronics with Huw Morgan and Michael Bonaventure. In 2014 she gave a tour of her organ and electronics programme throughout the UK with the support of Sound and Music and in 2015 this was followed by a duet organ and electronics album with Alistair Zaldua on the sfz music label.