Composer Laura Andel was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After living and working there and in Boston, Andel moved to New York in 2000, where she currently lives. She has conducted her music in New York, Boston, Berlin, Caracas, Buenos Aires and other cities. One of Andel's strengths is her ability to assemble large ensembles to play her compositions. Currently, she is leader of the Laura Andel Orchestra, which she founded in New York in 2002. The ensemble features an unusual combination of instruments, including bandoneon, gamelan instruments from Indonesia, Fender Rhodes, piano, double bass, cornet, clarinets, viola, and vibraphone.
Among the groups that have commissioned music from Andel are FONT for the Festival of New Trumpet Music, with funds from the Greenwall Foundation; the Bronx River Art Center, with funds from the New York State Music Fund/Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; The Kitchen, with funds from the American Music Center; Mutable Music for Thomas Buckner; and Roulette Intermedium, with funds from the Jerome Foundation.
Andel was a Rockefeller Foundation fellow at the Bellagio Study Center in Italy and a fellow composer-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil, the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and the Yaddo Artist Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, Music Omi, and the Millay Colony for the Arts, all in New York. She has also been a music curator-in-residence at Music Omi and has served as a panelist for more than 10 years for different arts organizations.
Andel has received numerous grants and awards for her work from such organizations as the Edward T. Cone Foundation/Millay Colony (2010), the Urban Artist Initiative/NYC (2008), the Composer Assistance Program in New York (2006), the Aaron Copland Fund for recording (2002), the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program (1999 and 2001) the Massachusetts Cultural Council (1999), the Senate for Culture of the City of Berlin, Germany (1998 and 1999), and the BMI Foundation for the Jerry Harrington Jazz Composers Award (1997).
Her recordings include SomnambulisT, released by Red Toucan Records (2003), In::Tension:. released by Rossbin Records (2005), and Doble Mano, also on Rossbin Records (2009). Andel’s most recent works are now being prepared for publication.