Gwen Laster; Violinist, Recording Artist, Author.
Gwen's upbringing in Urban and Classical music was inspired by her mother's love for
Rhythm and Blues, the Motown sound and Jazz along with the motivation of her Detroit high school orchestra teacher Anderson White who while teaching traditional orchestral and
chamber music repertoire also used an organic approach to Improvisation by pointing and shouting "Stand up, Take a Solo".
After relocating to New York City, she emerged herself in recording as a Solo Artist, playing Broadway shows, Jazz clubs, Traditional and Non Traditional Chamber Ensembles and
Teaching Improvisation to String Players.
She has recorded two Solo recordings "Sneak Preview"(EP) and
"I Hear You Smiling" that feature her original compositions and arrangements. The
track "Send Love to the Equation" from the "Smiling" CD was selected for a
very successful radio airplay campaign on AC Radio throughout the mid west. Her next solo recording "The Gameboard" will be released in February 2010.
It is based on the readings of Steve Rother's book "Re-member"; A Handbook for Human
Evolution on how to purposefully craft your own reality. The Gameboard is a World Music recording using Violin, Vocals, Electronics, Western and non Western Strings and Percussion. Motivated by her interest in Environmental Sustainability and her love for Yoga, Gwen will present a multi media concert; Eco Chamber Music in the spring of 2010. This project is inspired by the Eastern philosophy of Ahimsa (compassion and nonviolence) using original music, yogic arts dancers and footage of the environment to convey the importance of saving our planet.
She most recently performed at the Obama Inauguration at the
Neighborhood Ball collaborating with Columbian singer/songwriter
Shakira. As a composer, she markets her music through licensing various tracks for
television, advertising and film.
Gwen publishes her first educational method book; "Music for the Creative
String Player" in September '09. This comprehensive method includes technical studies, songs composed by Gwen, beginning Improvisation
skills and a practice CD.