Clarinetist/bass clarinetist Laura Carmichael was born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, and has been based in Amsterdam since 1999. Classically trained, she has performed with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, with string quartets such as Del Sol, and was on the California Arts Council Roster as a soloist. However, at heart she is an adventurer, and her musical passions have always gravitated toward the experimental, personal and contemporary. Driven by curiosity, her approach centers on the role of imagination in sound. For the last decade she has specialized in bass clarinet, and was named a Selmer Artist in 2011.
Laura has performed solo and chamber music recitals at Merkin Hall (New York), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Eesti Concerts (Tallinn, Estonia), Musique Démesurées (Clermont-Ferrand, France), the American Academy (Rome), Tokyo Wonder Site (Japan), The American Music Festival (Sacramento, CA), Energy Museum at Bilgi University (Istanbul, Turkey), and Campus Musick (Klagenfurt, Austria).
She has worked with many composers and performed with contemporary ensembles such as MusikFabrik and Ensemble MAE, having performed at festivals in the Berlin Philharmonie, and MaertzMusik in the Berlin Festspele. With her duo partner Naomi Sato (sho and saxophones) she performs as Duo X; together they won the performance prize at the 2010 Tokyo Wonder Site's Experimental Sound, Art and Performance Festival. In The Netherlands, Laura currently works with a network of artists and musicians as part of Radio Kootwijk Live.
Technology has been a long-term interest, and Laura is often found using wireless controllers, and developing work with sensors. In 2011 she was a participant in the SABRe (Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet Research) symposium at the Zurich University of the Arts, presenting a lecture-demonstration "Body Gesture as a Musical Gesture Generator: a potential Theatrical Music Application of Sensor Technology”. She was a visiting research fellow at University of Southampton from 2008-10, and has also lectured at many universities.
Broadcast credits include being featured on Austrian National Radio, O1. She appears on recordings on CRI, Albany, Phonector, MegaDisc, Ponk, Minimax Records, AK Muzik.
“TRACE” on Karnatic Lab Records is her first solo recording.
Laura graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music and the Amsterdam Conservatory, and her main teachers were Richard MacDowell, Fred Ormand, Rosario Mazzeo, and Harry Sparnaay.
"Een zinnenprikkelende avond" "Uit je stoel getrokken" (met Radio Kootwijk Live), Dries van Dijk in VAR nieuwsblad April 2012
“…a stunning and hypnotic performance.”
(Xenakis “Charisma” for cello and clarinet)
“Carmichael and Blackmore gave a compelling reading of the work that captured the intensity of expressions and the unfolding drama between the two instrumentalists.” (Lee Hyla’s “We Speak Etruscan”)
“…lyrically tinged expressions that were passionately intense.” (Lee Hyla’s "At North Farm”)
from Edward Reichel's article "Hyla compositions given masterful rendition" about Canyonlands New Music concert in the Deseret News, Salt Lake City Utah 10/08