Composer Laura Andel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and currently lives in New York City. One of Laura Andel's strengths is her ability to gather large ensembles to play her compositions. She has conducted her music in such cities as New York, Boston, Buenos Aires, Caracas, and Berlin. She has received several grants and awards for her work, among some of them are the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program Grant from the American Music Center, a Music Composition Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the BMI Foundation-Jerry Harrington Jazz Composers Award. She has also recently been a fellow artist resident at MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH, 2002), and will be one at Sacatar Foundation (Bahia, Brazil, 2003/2004). Her most recent 50-minute work, Somnambulist for 14 musicians and conductor, has just been released at the Canadian record label Red Toucan. Visit Laura Andel's website for more information.