Music I Am #13 – Lori Laitman, composer

The moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician:

Music was always part of my life — but consciously — probably around 6th grade.

An important skill for a career in music that does not have anything to do with an instrument or making music:


Two ways you stay motivated:

A desire to create beauty and a looming deadline.

Latest album or recording project:

“The Ocean of Eternity CD” on the Acis label.

What inspired it:

I’m in a multi-year project to record all of the music I’ve written so this yet another step. The centerpiece of this particular CD is the song cycle “The Ocean of Eternity” — for soprano, soprano saxophone and piano (commissioned by Michael Couper, Yungee Rhie and ChoEun Lee, who are the performers) — which sets the poetry of the late Sri Lankan poet Anne Ranasinghe.

Who’s on it:

Sopranos Nicole Cabell, Alisa Jordheim, Maureen McKay,  Patrice Michaels and Yungee Rhie; mezzo-soprano Katie Hannigan; baritone Daniel Belcher; violinist Tarn Travers; saxophonist Michael Couper; and pianists Lori Laitman, ChoEun Lee, Tze-Wen (Julia) Lin and Andrew Rosenblum.

How do you discover new music?

Mostly by going to concerts.

One living and one dead musician that deserves more attention:

dead: Rebecca Clarke.

living: too many to name.

Where can we find you online?


Upcoming Event you’d like to share?

Solo Opera’s production of “The Three Feathers,” my fairy tale opera with Dana Gioia. The production will take place Sept 8 and 10, 2023 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA.

The online premiere of my latest Holocaust work, Wertheim Park, was just released:


And a short film made from my Sarong Song — 


Photo by Karjaka Studios

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