Lorna Dune

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Biography

  • “An experimental keyboardist who is happy to go wherever her heart and ears tell her, redefining genres along the way, Lorna Dune inhabits a world of her own, and it’s a glorious thing to behold.” – Red Bull Music Academy
    Praised by VICE Magazine as the "mistress of new music" and named as one of 2014's Artists to Watch by The Fader, Lorna Dune has been turning heads since her foray into the world of electronic minimal techno production. An experimental pianist, who has played with likes of Steve Reich and the Philip Glass Ensemble, has a new take on weightier beat-driven techno which is both fresh in its approach to the genre and also a unique arrival through her journey through sound. Almost synesthesia-like images of "trawling Petar Dundov's Adriatic waters with an arresting sheer Balearic decadence and holographic gleam" (Resident Advisor) appear in the amygdala upon first listen. Her latest EP "Miamisphere" released by Brooklyn's mysterious experimental electronic imprint Lo Bit Landscapes in 2013 has received premieres by Pitchfork and Boiler Room and has been featured in Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, VICE Magazine, XLR8R, Ibiza Voice and more. She has also caught the attention of the New York Times for remixing a Pulitzer Prize winning work by composer Caroline Shaw and a remix by composer Max Richter to be released on Detusche Grammophon. She has been commissioned to compose a work in honor of Minimalism's founding composer, Terry Riley's 80th birthday which she performed live & on the air on WNYC's "New Sounds", and has performed a commissioned work at Carnegie Hall in honor of the great artist Meredith Monk. Lo Bit Landscapes: Lorna Dune is the moniker of Lorna Krier, a virtuosic performer of "New Music" (think: classical music that is still being written), particularly in the Minimalist tradition, serving as a founder of several chamber style ensembles and a keyboardist/synthesist in numerous, Brooklyn-based electronic music bands/collectives/groups of people making sound together. Her work with composer Missy Mazzoli in the quintet Victoire on the record "Cathedral City" was named "One of the top 10 classical albums of 2010" by NPR and “one of 2010′s most memorable albums" by The New Yorker magazine. She has performed Steve Reich's music for Steve Reich himself, has joined the Philip Glass Ensemble as a keyboardist in the past, as well as appearing on stage at the Whitney, MoMA, New Museum, Carnegie Hall, Millenium Park, and more throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. While obviously rooted in the sound of techno (Krier admits to a deep infatuation upon the discovery of the heavier side of the form—maybe particularly with the sounds of Stephan Bodzin—in the years before this EP was written), Miamisphere manages to incorporate many of the structures and harmonic motivations that inform so much of the Minimalist tradition. On first listen, it sounds like a collection of amazing dancefloor anthems, but closer inspection reveals a depth of composition that is quite difficult to find in the interlocking worlds of techno, house, and other such forms. From the swooping synths and rapid arpeggiations of evolving chordal forms on the opener, "Plasmodium," to the basically surefire hit of "Agnes Day" and the acidinfluenced, lower-BPM, but perhaps even more complex tonal range of "Miamisphere", the uplifting and emotional content of the music—not just sound—squeezes through. Closing with a vintage "stoner house" remix by NYC's mysterious Terekke (L.I.E.S.) and issued on NIHITI's lo bit landscapes imprint, imbued with a sense of mystery that is equal parts "Dune" mythos and new Brooklyn scene, "Miamisphere" is not the kind of record you are likely to encounter often in your travels through electronic music.
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    Selected discography

    Lorna Dune "Sidereal EP" Released 2012 on Dazzleships Records Lorna Dune "Miamisphere EP" Release date October 2013 on lo bit landscapes Lorna Dune "Berlin by Overnight Remix" (original by Max Richter) Released by Deutsche Grammophon September 2014 Lorna Dune "A Thousand Tongues Remix" (original by Missy Mazzoli) Released by New Amsterdam Records March 2015 Lorna Dune "Partita for 8 Voices Remix" (original by Caroline Shaw) Pulitzer Prize winning work performed by Roomful of Teeth Released by New Amsterdam Records in September 2016