Laura Altman is a clarinetist, improviser and composer, born and based in Sydney. She has been an important young voice on the Sydney improvised music scene since 2007, playing with groups such as The Splinter Orchestra and Prophets, and collaborating with Australian improvisers including Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Monica Brooks and Peter Farrar. Laura has toured Australia and Europe with a range of projects including the trio Great Waitress, featuring Brooks on accordion and Berlin-based pianist Magda Mayas.
Laura graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a B.Mus Composition (Honours) in 2011, writing both instrumental and electro-acoustic music. She has had works performed by Ensemble Offspring, Volta Collective and ACRONYM Orchestra, and has also developed exploratory compositions for primary school students. Laura’s compositional approach reflects the exploratory nature and sensitivity of her improvising.
Since joining folk band Chaika in 2009, Laura has developed an interest in music of Balkan and Eastern-European origin.
Laura was co-director and co-curator of the NOW now Series and Festival of Exploratory Music from early 2010 until 2013, and continues to organise events in Sydney.