Percussionist Laura Jordan has performed in Europe, Canada, Mexico and throughout the United States. Notable venues include Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Hall, the Massachusetts MoCa, the Skirball Center of Los Angeles, the National Geographic in Washington, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), River to River Festival, the Player's Theater, Galapagos Arts Space, WMP Gallery, Tribeca Arts Center, Lehman College, The Tank, Public Assembly, and others. Laura has appeared as a part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Music Festival, the Jan Hus Composer’s Voice Series, the Music at MacDougal Series, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.
Laura has been featured as a marimba/percussion soloist internationally, and is an in-demand freelance chamber musician, orchestral player, drum set and world percussion specialist in the New York tri-state area. A new music activist and programmer, Laura has participated to commission works by Martin Bresnick, Lukas Ligeti, Mark Janello, and many others as well as curated projects and concerts at venues such as the Merkin Concert Hall, Mass MoCa, the Player’s Theater and other venues. In 2011-2012 she and flutist Sarah Carrier selected 17 new short works as a part of the Jan Hus Composer’s Voice 15 minutes of fame competition.
Laura was recently awarded the single percussion Contemporary Music Ensemble Fellowship at the 2012 Atlantic Music Festival, which was, "formed with the express purpose of identifying and nurturing musicians who possess extraordinary dedication to advancing the music of our time." She was a 2010 Bang on a Can Institute Fellow, where she performed on the International George Crumb day. She has participated in several other festivals including the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance, the Paris Marimba Competition, for which she received a Peabody Career Grant, and the first Zeltsman "Princeton" Marimba festival in 2001, for which she received a Semans Art Fund Grant. In the 2009-10 season, Laura served as the Artistic Director of the Takemitsu Project at Merkin Hall, which was funded by a substantial Collaborative Performing Arts Grant from New York University for which she wrote and was awarded. The grant also established a composition competition for New York University students. Through the project, she was able to present the New York Premiere of Takemitsu's out of print Seasons (1970) for percussion quartet and magnetic tape. In 2006, she gave the Western premiere of Menachem Zur's Translations for Percussion and Electronics. With the composer, she co-produced a recording of the work that has since been broadcast several times on Israeli radio.
Laura performs in the percussion section of the Greenwich Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Richmond County Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra of the Americas, and the Garden State Philharmonic. She is active in chamber music and has worked with Judd Greenstein’s The Yehudim, The Bang on a Can All Stars, The Nouveau Classical Project, Axiom Percussion, the New York Guitar Quartet, and Ensemble Galilei, with whom she appeared on the 2005 recording Alta.
Laura regularly performs with local theater companies including Making Books Sing, the Prospect Theater Company, Percussion People, Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau, Literally Alive and All Children’s Theater. Laura grew up playing rock drums and often sits in with various rock/indie, hip-hop and R&B groups.
Laura has studied world percussion under Kumar Das (tabla), Myron Bretholz (bodhrán), Mark Cudek (early percussion), Valerie Naranjo (djembe), and Brent Roman (Cirque du Soleil). Laura has provided live percussion for modern dance and theater for the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Peabody Institute, New York University, and the National Dance Institute (NDI).
Laura is faculty at the Ridgewood Conservatory of Music and the Bronx Conservatory of Music. She has served as an adjunct professor at New York University, and has presented master classes at many institutions, including the Juilliard Pre-College and East Carolina University. In 2010, she was invited to give a weeklong percussion and marimba residency as the International Preschools, teaching several children of the United Nations diplomats. Laura believes in giving back to her community and has extensive experience working with special needs, the economically underserved, and incarcerated populations. She has taught group classes and given outreach concerts in challenging environments such as the south Bronx, downtown Baltimore, and to audiences and students with severe learning disabilities.
Laura received her M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory in 2005, and her B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory in 2004, where she was a student of Robert van Sice and Jonathan Haas. Prior to that, she studied under John R. Beck at the North Carolina School of the Arts high school immersive arts program. Laura is currently completing a Ph.D. dissertation on the percussion works of Toru Takemitsu at New York University. Laura is a Latin Percussion Co. (LP), Marimba One, and Grover Pro Percussion Artist, currently serves as the Secretary of the New York State Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.