“Lorna Dune is the mistress of new music.” – VICE Magazine
“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
“The more keyboard patches Lorna Krier imports into the indie-classical chamber quintet Victoire, the richer, deeper, and more mysterious their music grows.” – Pitchfork
One of the most versatile keyboardists & producers currently working in New York, Lorna Krier aka Lorna Dune is a proud advocate for the creation and performance of new and experimental music. She has been sought after as a collaborator, performer, creator and curator and has worked with some of the nation’s finest young composers and performers to create and premiere exciting new works. Having a background in classical, experimental, electronic, pop and indie music, Lorna Dune Krier has quickly become a go-to spokeswoman for new music for curious audiences worldwide.
“She is also totally brilliant, having kept a sense of humour about coming to the definition of what ‘new music’ is exactly.” – VICE Magazine
The Brooklyn-based artist has worked extensively with composer & visual artist Tristan Perich, has performed Steve Reich‘s music for Steve Reich himself, has joined the Philip Glass Ensemble as a keyboardist in the past, and is the founding keyboardist/synthesist in the “all-star, all-female quintet” (Time Out NY) Victoire with indie-classical darling and long time collaborator Missy Mazzoli. Their debut album Cathedral City, released on New Amsterdam Records, was named one of 2010′s best classical albums by the New York Times, Time Out New York, the New Yorker and NPR. Victoire recently appeared on the Ecstatic Festival premiering two new commissions at Carnegie Hall with Wilco’s drummer Glenn Kotche. They are currently working on their sophomore album to be released in Fall of 2014. Lorna has shared the stage with the likes of Tortoise, The National, Shara Worden & My Brightest Diamond, Owen Pallett, Buke & Gass, Sharon van Etten, Efterklang and more at venues such as the Whitney, MoMA, New Museum, Carnegie Hall, and Millenium Park on tours throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
Beyond recently appearing on renowned outlets such as Resident Advisor praising Lorna Dune’s artistry on her second EP Miamisphere (2013) for it’s “arresting sheer Balearic decadence” and landing featured premieres on Pitchfork and The Fader, Lorna Dune was also featured in The New York Times for beautifully remixing Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.
“Lorna Dune Krier, a member of the ensemble Victoire (which records for New Amsterdam, as does Roomful of Teeth) is a pianist and composer in her own right.” – New York Times
She also performs regularly with feminist pop icon JD Samson (of Le Tigre) as a member of her group MEN and has toured with them nationwide. Lorna Krier has been a past member of the classical crossover group Slow Six, an improvisational ensemble with composer Lukas Ligeti called Kaleidoscope Point, and the Present Music Ensemble among others.She has had recordings released on New Amsterdam Records, Western Vinyl, Friendly Ghost Recordings, Dazzleships Records and lo bit landscapes.
Other highlights from this and recent seasons include Carnegie Hall premiere, BAM Next Wave Festival, C3 Festival in Germany, MADE Festival in Umeå, Sweden, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Ecstatic Music Festival, X-Avant Festival in Toronto, Shakespeare in the Park with the Philip Glass Ensemble, live film score performance at the Whitney Museum and the French Alliance Institute, Chicago’s Millenium Park “Dusk Variation” Chamber Series,Imagine Science Festival at Bell House, NY Eye and Ear Festival, and live performances on WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck.Lorna Krier has appeared in features in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Out New York, NPR, Village Voice, Pitchfork, The Fader, Brooklyn Vegan, Chicago Reader, Baltimore Sun, eMusic, Arthur Magazine, Impose Magazine, Tiny Mix Tapes, Matrixsynth, The Daily Contributor, Paste Magazine, and more.
A Thousand Tongues (Lorna Dune remix) is the first track to be released from Victoire’s upcoming sophomore album. Missy Mazzoli’s original composition for voice, cello and electronics has been re-imagined by producer and synth wizard Lorna Dune, who weaves a vibrant tapestry of synths and beats over Mazzoli’s soaring string and clarinet lines.
Pitchfork editor, Jayson Greene praises the track as “the most striking and uncanny music Victoire have ever made.”
“Once pulled under into the vortex, escape becomes futile: the plasticky progressive chords and ponderous, massive bassline continue their relentless push’n’pull, false-flagging any end in sight by allowing meagre gasps for air before bringing crest after crest of increasing volatility crashing down.” -Pitchfork premiere
LORNA DUNE is the solo synthesizer project of Brooklyn-based experimental musician, Lorna Krier. Her debut EP, “Sidereal”, was released on cassette and digital download in March 2012 through Dazzleships Records. www.lornakrier.com
Video: Clips from Larry Carlson’s “Star People” and “The Bornless Spirit”
Lorna Dune “Sidereal”
Release date: March 2012