Artistic Highlights



2011 Harken Music, a solo concert series performed at the Italian Cultural Institute in SF, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in SF, and in Italy. The Unforgettable Secret Rhythms of Joy, dance, music and multimedia. Improvised Singing workshop of music and improvisation. Sound healing ceremony with Tito La Rosa. Musical Journeys, a weekly concert series of modern global music.

Garden of memory’,  the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill. Mediterranean Rhapsody, live concert. Cave Concert with Kitka (Women's Vocal Ensemble), as musician and Artistic Director. Voice and rhythm workshop with Elizabeth Setzer. Performer and Artistic Director of ‘Art in Nature: The Nature of Art’, a multidisciplinary performing arts festival. Novilunio, a new world fusion music project with singer and pianist Elizabeth Setzer, and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser. Performing at many other places including Grace Cathedral in SF, three concerts at Italian Cultural Institute in SF, and in many house concerts and events.


2010 Founder and Artistic Director of ‘Art in Nature: The Nature of Art’, a multidisciplinary performing arts festival conceived for the Stream Trail of Redwood Regional Park, in Oakland. ‘When dreams are interrupted’ a Purple Moon Dance project. Body and Sound Festival and Green Project with Dance Monks. ‘Garden of memory’,  the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill. Harken Music, a solo concert series. Sound healing ceremony with Tito La Rosa. ‘Maṇḍala’, a series of artistic events that gather artists from all over the world. Performing at San Francisco City Hall, Subterranean ArtHouse, Marin County Fair, Krowswork Gallery, Vessel Gallery, La Peña, CellSpace as soloist and in different ensemble.


2009HANG Rhapsody‘ a world premiere journey into living art, San Francisco. ‘Maṇḍala’, a series of artistic events that gather artists from all over the world. ‘Circoscopie’ multimedia performance, Rome. Different concert in Europe and California. ‘When dreams are interrupted’ a Purple Moon Dance project. ‘Hang Gathering Concert 2009’ produced by Samavesha with the most talented Bay Area Hang players. Series of CDs called ‘Musical Incense’, released volume One and Two. Performed at ‘Garden of memory’,  the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill.


2007-2008 Conceived and founded SAMAVESHA, a production that creates events with multiple forms of art in collaboration with artists from all over the world Conceived and directed ‘Elemental’, multimedia performance, in Berkeley, California.  Performed at ‘Garden of memory’,  the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill. ‘Origins’ dance and musical performance with Dance Monks. Cd releases: ‘Hang: a collection of works’ and ‘Mood’. ‘Instrumental 2’ by Roberto Zappala’, dance and music performance.


2005-2006 Assistant composer to Paolo Buonvino for the movies ‘Il mio miglior nemico’ by Carlo Verdone and ‘N (Io e Napoleone)’ by Paolo Virzi’.

Sahara’, a song for the movie ‘Lettere dal Sahara” by Vittorio De Seta. ‘Release’ by Emanuele Becheri, a sounding installation.


2003-2004 Authored and performed various music for theater like ‘Il viaggio’ by Nini Ferrara, ‘Antigone’ directed by Bergamaschi; sound-tracks for movies like ‘My father’s garden’ by Matthew Brown, with Maya Sansa, present at the Venice Film Festival 2003, ‘Piccola pesca’ by Enrico Pizzianti, ‘Jo Lido’ by Francesco Jost and dance performances like ‘Uzumè’ by Maria Grazia Sarandrea.


2002-2003 Presentation of the record ‘From Rosy Bower's’ at the Auditorium, Parco della Musica of Rome, with the ensemble ‘Ku’. Performance of ‘Ophelia e le altre’ at the ‘Leuciane Festival’, in Roma in Piazza Trilussa for ‘Estate Romana’, in Positano for the summer festival of the Costiera Amalfitana, at Maschio Angioino and at the Palazzo Reale della Reggia di Napoli, at Torre Michelangelo on the island of Ischia. Soundtrack of the multimedia show ‘Butterfly and Parrots’, with Carla Fracci and the dance troupe of the Teatro dell'Opera.


2000-2001 Many concerts of minimalist music with ‘Ready Made Quartet’ like ‘Reich in New York’ at the Castello de L’Aquila and ‘Less Is Too Much’ at the Classico Village of Rome. With ‘Ars Ludi’ perform at the ‘37° Festival of Nuova Cansonanza’, held at the Teatro Olimpico of Rome.


2000 In the year of the Jubilee, as a didgeridoo soloist, started the opening night of the ‘Missa Solemnis Pro Jubileo Domini Nostri Tertio Millennio’, composed and directed by Franco Mannino and performed at the Colosseum (Anfiteatro Flavio), in Rome. Assistant for the concert directed by Marcello Peca, ‘La Passione di Cristo’ by A. Scarlatti, for the ‘Festival Barocco’ of Viterbo.


1998 Performed with the didgeridoo in the concert ‘Dedalo’, held at the Swiss Istitute of Rome, with an ensemble of classical musicians directed by Bernardino Penazzi.


1997 'Laugrafia' debuts  at the 'Poeteca', in Campo dei Fiori, Rome: a performance of slide projections, music and poetry on the text 'La bomba' by Gregory Corso, interpreted by the  poet Pilar Castel.


1995 Conceived and directed the theater piece ‘Apologia della Gioia’. Multimedia performance, with the participation of an ensemble of thirty performers. Among them musicians, actors, poets, painters, dancers and performers.


1994-1996 Performed in various world music festivals in italy and collaborated in theater and music courses held at the Teatro Ateneo of the Sapienza of Rome by Indian masters like Tapa Sudana, K. Kaladhara and others.



Favorite Artists:

Meredith Monk, Bjork, Madredeus, Bill Evans, Steve Reich, Shakti, Hariprasad Chaurasia,  Nitin Sawhney, Niyaz, Vas, Zakir Hussain, Jan Garbarek, John MacLaughlin, Glen Velez, Oi va voi,  Dee Dee Bridgewater, Glen Gould, Bach, G. B. Pergolesi, Paris Combo, Prince, Rosa Balistreri, Lautari, Dead Can Dance, Wim Mertens, Miles Davis, Frida Kahlo..

 

Laura Inserra is a vibrant and talented composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, performer and artistic director.

She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. She plays contemporary and world music in different projects as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She authors and performs music for theater, dance performances, exhibitions as well as soundtracks for movies with internationally acclaimed musicians.

For many years she has been involved in the artistic direction of multi-disciplinary performances in Europe and in the US.

In 2007 she founded SAMAVESHA, an international multidisciplinary performing arts non-profit organization based out of Berkeley but performing all over the world.

Audiences worldwide are not only mesmerized by this woman but also captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality and the passion she brings on the stage.

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Autobiography



I was born in Sicily, Italy. At 15, I began studying classical piano, but my passion for research led me to the improvisational style. I played with a multitude of musicians and I explored various musical genres. Within a few years I was able to apply the free improvisational technique on many instruments: bass, soprano sax, classical flute and ethnic percussion instruments.


Thanks to musicians and teachers from various continents, I learned to both play and construct native instruments of the world, such as the didgeridoo from Australia, the djembe from Africa, bamboo flutes from India in addition to instruments which I created.


In 1993 I moved to Rome to study psychology. At this point my research intensified, and I specialized in ethnic/tribal instruments and cultural anthropology. This is also when I started teaching percussion instruments and didgeridoo.


I attended the Classical Music Conservatory in Italy, where I studied classical orchestral percussion. Thanks to my teacher Gianluca Ruggeri, I intensified my skill in   minimalist music. These years were very formative because they allowed me to develop my own personal musical style.


At 21, I created and directed a theatrical multimedia performance titled ‘Apologia della Gioia’, involving a live ensemble of thirty artists comprised of musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers. This is the vision I hold for all my work: different expressions of art all manifested in an unique event. Now these productions are called SAMAVESHA.


While I was living in Rome, I authored and performed various musical compositions for theater, dance performances, exhibitions and soundtracks for movies with internationally acclaimed musicians. ‘Mood’ is an album with different songs from these works. Check out also the soundtrack samples...


For almost two years I also collaborated musically and as assistant composer of Paolo Buonvino, one of the most famous Italian movie soundtrack composers.


Currently, I am based out of Berkeley, California, where I  create soundtracks, performances and concerts with artists of all genres. I am the fonder and the Artistic Director of SAMAVESHA, a non-profit performing art organization that seeks to unite various expressions of art in beautiful, inspiring and unique events. ‘Mandala Art Events’, ‘Cave Concert Series’, ‘Art in Nature: The Nature of Art Festival’ are some of the Samavesha productions that gather great artists from all over the world.


In 2003, I discovered the Hang, a new instrument made in Switzerland. ‘HANG: a collection of works’ and ‘Musical Incense’ are albums dedicated entirely to this instrument. Now my research is focused primarily on the Hang although I perform with a variety of instruments. I create events and programs with Samavesha like Art in Nature Festival, the Cave Concert and Musical Journeys concert series.

Novilunio, is my new world fusion music project with singer and pianist Elizabeth Setzer, and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser.


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