LAURA COCKS

FLUTE

 

Laura Cocks is a New York based flutist who works in a wide array of creative environments as a performer and promoter of contemporary music. Laura is the flutist and executive director of TAK ensemble, a group of “young fearless players” (Boston Globe) with whom she “slays the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (WQXR). TAK has been in residence at institutions such as Stanford University, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Delian Academy, and has released two albums to critical acclaim with their third album coming out on TAK editions in spring 2019. Laura is also a member of the Nouveau Classical Project and the Association of Dominican Classical Artists and is a frequent guest with groups such as Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Wet Ink Ensemble. She can be heard on recordings by TAK, International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, and others on labels such as Carrier Records, ECM, New Focus Recordings, Sound American, Denovali Records, Orange Mountain Music, Double Whammy Whammy, Winspear, and Gold Bolus. She has been in residence at institutes such as Columbia University, New York University, Stanford University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Cornell University, and given master classes in flute performance, chamber music, and professional development at Oberlin Conservatory, DePaul University, Williams College, Columbia University, and University of California San Diego. Her scholarly work revolves around building analytic practices in contemporary music that see the body of the performer as its primary parameter. She is on faculty at the Washington Heights Conservatory and mentors faculty for New York City’s inter-borough El Sistema project, Harmony Program. 

 

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