Anne La Berge

Anne La Berge (1955) | flute and electronics

Anne La Berge’s career as flutist/improviser/composer stretches across international and stylistic boundaries.

Her most recent performances bring together the elements on which her international reputation is based: a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing. Many of her compositions involve her own participation, though she has produced works intended solely for other performers, usually involving guided improvisation and text. In addition to creating her own work she regularly performs in other artists’ projects in a range of settings from modern chamber music to improvised electronic music.

Throughout her career she has commissioned works that are extreme in style or technique. The list includes over 30 composers, both young such as Enda Bates, Martin Parker and Natacha Diels to the more senior composers Christopher Fox, Guy de Bievre and Chaya Chernowin.

She tours internationally with Shackle, an electro acoustic improvisation duo with Robert van Heumen.

She can be heard on the Largo, Artifact, Etcetera, Hat Art, Frog Peak, Einstein, X-OR, Unsounds, Canal Street, Rambo, esc.rec., Intackt, Data and New World labels which include recordings as a soloist and with Ensemble Modern, United Noise Toys, Fonville/La Berge duo, Rasp/Hasp, Bievre/La Berge duo, Apricot My Lady, Big Zoom and the Corkestra. Her latest solo CD Speak was released in the summer of 2011 on New World Records.

Her music is published by Frog Peak Music (US) and by Donemus (NL). She is the co-director, with her husband David Dramm, of the VOLSAP Foundation that supports projects for composed and improvised music.