Laurie Anderson


Composer, Singer
Laurie Anderson

About

Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
June 05, 1947

Biography

Multimedia personality who combines poetry, stories, comedy, movement, songs, film, slides, and electronic effects to intriguing and entertaining effect in live shows and albums. Although her performing abilities have garnered quite a following, it is Anderson's film score contributions to such films as "Something Wild" (1986), "Swimming to Cambodia" (1987), and "Wings of Desire" (1987) ...

Family & Companions

Lou Reed
Companion
Singer, musician, actor.

Bibliography

"Stories from the Nerve Bible"
Laurie Anderson, HarperPerennial (1994)
"United States Live"
Laurie Anderson (1984)

Notes

Anderson invented the tape bow violin, an electronic method of creating various sampling patterns from input audio tape placed where the strings should be and playback capacities on the actual violin body.

There is an official web site at www.laurieanderson.com

Biography

Multimedia personality who combines poetry, stories, comedy, movement, songs, film, slides, and electronic effects to intriguing and entertaining effect in live shows and albums. Although her performing abilities have garnered quite a following, it is Anderson's film score contributions to such films as "Something Wild" (1986), "Swimming to Cambodia" (1987), and "Wings of Desire" (1987) that have won her recognition among mainstream audiences. Anderson's self-conceived, performed and directed "Home of the Brave" (1986) concert feature (which showcases such popular Anderson works as "Sharkey's Day," "Excellent Birds" and "Language D'Amour") makes original use of recording technology developed in part by Anderson herself.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Heart of a Dog (2015)
Director
Home of the Brave (1986)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Heart of a Dog (2015)
Herself
BAM150 (2012)
Herself
Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006)
Narrator
The Rugrats Movie (1998)
Voice
Heavy Petting (1988)
Herself
Home of the Brave (1986)
Herself
Nicaragua: No Pasaran (1984)
Performer

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Heart of a Dog (2015)
Director Of Photography

Writer (Feature Film)

Heart of a Dog (2015)
Writer
Home of the Brave (1986)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Heart of a Dog (2015)
Producer
Home of the Brave (1986)
Coproducer

Music (Feature Film)

Jackie (2016)
Score Recording
Miral (2011)
Song
Miral (2011)
Song Performer
Before Night Falls (2001)
Addl Music
Before Night Falls (2001)
Composer
The Source (1999)
Music
The Rugrats Movie (1998)
Song Performer
Blind Light (1998)
Music
Monster in a Box (1992)
Music
The Doctor (1991)
Song
The Doctor (1991)
Song Performer
Swimming to Cambodia (1987)
Music
Wings of Desire (1987)
Song ("Angel Fragments")
Home of the Brave (1986)
Song
Something Wild (1986)
Music
Home of the Brave (1986)
Song Performer
System Ohne Schatten (1983)
Song Performer ("Closed Circuit")

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Home of the Brave (1986)
Visual Effects

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Shut Yer Mouth! (1995)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

BAM150 (2012)
Other
Heavy Petting (1988)
Other
Home of the Brave (1986)
Sound

Director (Special)

Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001)
Director

Cast (Special)

Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001)
Video Killed the Radio Star (2000)
Searching For Jimi Hendrix (1999)
CyberSpace (1995)
The 2nd International Rock Awards (1990)
Presenter
John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It (1990)

Writer (Special)

Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001)
Writer

Music (Special)

Searching For Jimi Hendrix (1999)
Song Performer
Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey (1989)
Music

Special Thanks (Special)

Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001)
Writer

Life Events

1970

Taught art history at City College in NYC, Staten Island College and Pace University

1975

First major performance "As:if" at NYC's Artist Space

1978

Museum of Modern Art exhibited "Headphone Table: When You Were Hear"

1983

Premiered work, "United States", at Brooklyn Academy of Music; became one of the first newly named "performance artists" to receive widespread recognition

1983

Performed song, "Closed Circuit", in first feature, "System Without Shadow"

1986

Directed first feature, "Home of the Brave" (also starred, conceived, co-produced music for concert, film and soundtrack and composed words and music)

1987

Scored first film, "Swimming to Cambodia", starring Spalding Gray and directed by Jonathan Demme

1989

Contributed music, "Bad Blood", to TV special, "Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey"

1992

Wrote the score to "Monster in a Box", starring Gray and directed by Nick Broomfield

1992

Debuted "Stories From the Nerve Bible"

1996

Created the CD-ROM "Puppet Motel"

1999

Signed exclusive recording contract with Nonesuch Records

1999

Premiered "Songs and Stories from Moby Dick" in Dallas (April), toured USA and Europe

Family

Arthur Anderson
Father
Mary Louise Anderson
Mother

Companions

Lou Reed
Companion
Singer, musician, actor.

Bibliography

"Stories from the Nerve Bible"
Laurie Anderson, HarperPerennial (1994)
"United States Live"
Laurie Anderson (1984)

Notes

Anderson invented the tape bow violin, an electronic method of creating various sampling patterns from input audio tape placed where the strings should be and playback capacities on the actual violin body.

There is an official web site at www.laurieanderson.com

Reportedly Anderson was once Junior Miss Illinois. According to the New York Post (January 16, 2001), Anderson told Webster Hall curator Baird Jones, "I was a manic enthusiast for entering beauty contests. That's my horrible secret and it still makes me hang my head."