Laura Inserra is a sound alchemist — multi instrumentalist, music therapist, teacher, composer, artistic director, and producer. She lives and creates at the confluence of music from around the globe, wisdom practices, and cutting edge technologies. She specializes in the transformative and healing power of sound, ethnomusicology, ambisonic architectures, and binaural music. Born and raised in Sicily, she moved to Rome to study psychology and to develop her musical career. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and performs internationally.
SOUND FOR TRANSFORMATION
In the last decade, Laura Inserra has been focusing her work on the transformative and healing power of sound. Combining her intimate knowledge of music with her studies of ethnic traditions, and ancient schools of wisdom, she developed her own approach to personal transformation and wellbeing - Resonant Healing. She uses this approach in one-on-one sessions as well as in group work, public gatherings, and art installations.
In 2018 she premiered Chambers of AWE (Acoustic Waves Emergence), deep immersive sound experiences created with ancient and modern acoustic instruments, augmented by cutting edge technology. In those settings she brings participants into Inner Landscapes Journeys to facilitate transformation, healing, and self-awareness.
Laura Inserra is the co-founder of Seeds of Gold Institute, researching and integrating ancient technology and schools of wisdom into modern life, through coaching, therapy, and media projects.
PLAYING, TEACHING, COMPOSING
Both a self-taught and classically trained musician, Laura Inserra developed a unique method called Structured Improvisation Technique. She teaches how to build the musician’s mind through the language of music, linear structures, and self-expression. This method is based on learning music through active listening and guided discipline.
Since her early twenties, Inserra has been composing and performing soundtracks and sound design for dance, theater, movies, and art installations. A world renowned Hang musician, she also plays a large variety of ancient and modern instruments - among others Zapotec clay flutes, the Mongolian shamanic jaw harp, Tibetan bowls, the Laotian khen, the Australian didjeridoo, Western percussions, and gongs. She has been collaborating with hundreds of musicians and artists worldwide, bringing her unique palette of sounds, melodic lines, and intricate rhythmic expressions. She performs in a variety of public, private, and site-specific events including retreats, corporate events, and sacred ceremonies.
Laura Inserra is the founder and artistic director of Samavesha, a multidisciplinary performing arts and music nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Samavesha’s mission is to increase awareness of the vital importance of creativity in human lives as an inexhaustible source of awakening, inspiration, and healthy living.
She produces site-specific, interactive, and fully immersive events involving local and international artists of all disciplines. Art in Nature Festivals, Cave Concerts, and the Rose Labyrinth Series are some of the most popular.
Developer of Structured Improvisation Technique. Teaching. Teaching the language of music, linear structures, and self-expression (1994 - Present)
Creator of Chambers of AWE (Acoustic Waves Emergence). Deep, immersive sound experiences created with ancient and modern acoustic instruments, augmented by cutting edge technology (2018 - Present)
PillAWE (vibro- acoustic pillows): a range of furniture with embedded vibro-acoustic technology (2018 - Present)
Co-founder of Seeds of Gold Institute, an organization dedicated to researching and integrating ancient technology and schools of wisdom into modern life through coaching, therapy, and media projects (2016 - Present)
Resonant Healing, practice using sound, vibrational work, and wisdom traditions for healing, self development, and transformation (2008 - Present)
Founder and Artistic Director of Samavesha - a non profit multidisciplinary performing art organization based in the San Fransisco Bay Area. Samavesha produces accessible, interactive, educational, and fully immersive artistic experiences for the public (2006 - Present)
Sound engineering and music production (1998 - Present)
Educated and trained in classical music as a percussionist (1998 - 2003)
Educated and trained in psychology and ethnomusicology (1993 - 1998)
Spiritual, holistic, mindfulness studies and practices from different wisdom lineages (1990 - Present)
Self-taught musician and student of music healing traditions (1986 - Present)
~ TBA Awards Nominee 2016 for the music score and sound design of Whale's Wake by Ragged Wing.
~ Tom Bates, the Mayor of Berkeley, has declared September 15, 2015 as Laura Inserra Day.
~ Sample Logic, award-winning interface, produced Bohemian: cinematic street and new world instruments. A whole sound library with Laura's instruments recorded in 2015 at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound studios.
Bridging ancient and modern technology at TransTech, the Silicon Valley Transformative Technology Conference / Garden of Memory, live concert at the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill / Various Inner Landscapes Journey concerts, a development of her work around the transmutational power of music / Many public and private immersive sound experiences / Various workshops (Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Mate at 1440 Multiversity; Music, Meditation, and Transformation at Esalen; Make Your Shamanic Drum; and others).
World premier Chambers of A.W.E., immersive sound experiences created with acoustic sources of sound augmented by cutting edge technology /Bridging ancient and modern technology at TransTech, the Silicon Valley Transformative Technology Conference / Garden of Memory, live concert at the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill / Inner Landscapes Journey concert, a development of her work around the transmutational power of music / Many public and private Immersive Sound Experiences performances / Various workshops (Sealing your 2017; Sowing your 2018; Dancing the Awakening; The Round Table of Inner Characters; Make Your Shamanic Drum; and others).
Bridging ancient and modern technology at TransTech, the Silicon Valley Transformative Technology Conference / SAND, Science And Non-Duality Conference / Voices in Poetry, a multidisciplinary concert project of new music for percussion and women’s voices with Vox Musica / Web of Life music project with Cantabile (Youth Singers of Silicon Valley). Inner Landscapes Journey concert, a development of her work around the transmutational power of music / Last Blue Couch in the Sky with Epiphany Dance Theater at YBCA / Garden of Memory, live concert at the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill / Tu B'Av at JCCSF / Consciousness Hacking Interactive: Music Medicine / Oakland Zoo’s 25th Annual Walk in the Wild / Plus other various concerts and workshops (Stephen Kent; The Round Table of Inner Characters; and others).
Artistic director and musician at SAND, Science And Non-Duality Conference / Deep Listening Concert series / Sound design and music score for Whale's Wake by Ragged Wing, theater / Performance at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) / Inner Landscapes Concert series / Laura Inserra and Barbara Eramo concert in Rome / Garden Of Memory, live concert at the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill / Music for Dance Monks' TLAOLI: People of the Corn, performance & installation / Axis Dance Company Summer Intensive / Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California / Tu B'Av at JCCSF / Plus other various concerts and workshops.
The Mayor of Berkeley declared September 15, 2015 as Laura Inserra Day / Sample Logic recordings at Skywalker Sound - Lucas Film for the sound library BOHEMIAN - Cinematic Street & New World Instruments / Concert at Science And Non-Duality / Deep Listening Concert series. Dance and music performance at the De Young Museum / Afflato di Primavera: A Light Exists in Spring, a music, poems, and liquors tasting performance in Lentini, Sicily. / Laura Inserra and Friends, live concert in Rome / Nada Yoga, music and yoga event in Rome / San Francisco International Arts Festival, concert / Garden Of Memory, live concert at the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill / Art in Nature Festival as musician and artistic director. Plus other various concerts and workshops.
Concerts with BEL Trio, world fusion music trio with Evan Fraser and Ben Levine / Art in Nature Festival as musician and artistic director / Fertile Void, a classical fusion musical sextet ensemble / Creative Exploration Show, a multidisciplinary performance with various artists / Garden Of Memory, live concert at the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill / Solo Concert and Musical Instruments Sale. Musica, Vini, e Spuntini, concert in Rome / Solo Concert at the The Flight Deck Opening Festival / Art in Nature Festival as musician and artistic director / Solo concert at Science And Non-Duality / Soundtrack and sound design for RedWolf by Ragged Wing, theater. Plus other various concerts and workshops.
Harken Music, two concerts with Cornelius Boots & Mark Deutsch. Eavesdrop The Now a visual and music performance. Playing My Roots, a solo concert. Rose Labyrinth Series as musician and artistic director. Fertile Art Conversation, a series of meetings with artists from different disciplines. Cave Concert: Into the Sound, as musician and artistic director. Music and Dance Improv Lab with Mihyun Lee. Live at Garden Of Memory, a new cd released and two concerts. Creative Explorations Lab, participatory creative sessions. Duo Concerts with Evan Fraser. Garden of memory, live concert at the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill. Performing Diaspora, concert for a festival at CounterPulse. Wild Souls, Yoga, Music, And Farm Tour event. The Outlaw, a contemporary flamenco piece commissioned by the San Francisco West Wave Dance Festival. Fertile Void, a new musical sextet ensemble.
Cave Concert: The Eternal Presence, as artistic director. Art in Nature Festival as musician and artistic director. Musical Journeys, series of live concerts as musician and artistic director. Novilunio, world fusion music project tour. Garden Of Memory, live concert at the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill.
Harken Music, a solo concert series performed at the Italian Cultural Institute in SF, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in SF, and in Rome. The Unforgettable Secret Rhythms Of Joy, dance, music, and multimedia. Improvised Singing Workshop, music and improvisation. Sound Healing Ceremony, concert with Tito La Rosa. Musical Journeys, a weekly concert series of modern global music. Garden Of Memory, the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill. Mediterranean Rhapsody, live concert at the Italian Cultural Institute in SF. Cave Concert with Kitka (Women's Vocal Ensemble), as musician and artistic director. Voice and Rhythm, workshop with Elizabeth Setzer. Art in Nature: The Nature of Art, a multidisciplinary performing arts festival, as musician and artistic director. Novilunio, a new world fusion music project with singer and pianist Elizabeth Setzer, and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser. Performing at many other places including Grace Cathedral in SF, three concerts at Italian Cultural Institute in SF, and in many house concerts and events.
Founder and artistic director of ‘Art in Nature: The Nature of Art’, a multidisciplinary performing arts festival conceived for the Stream Trail of Redwood Regional Park, in Oakland. When Dreams Are Interrupted’ a Purple Moon Dance project. Body and Sound Festival, and Green Project with Dance Monks. Garden Of Memory, the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill. Harken Music, a solo concert series. Sound Healing Ceremony, concert with Tito La Rosa. Maṇḍala, a series of artistic events that gather artists from all over the world, as musician and artistic director. Performing at San Francisco City Hall, Subterranean ArtHouse, Marin County Fair, Krowswork Gallery, Vessel Gallery, La Peña, CellSpace as soloist and in different ensemble.
Cave Concert: HANG Rhapsody a world premiere journey into living art. Maṇḍala, a series of artistic events that gather artists from all over the world, as musician and artistic director. Circoscopie, multimedia performance, Rome. When dreams are interrupted, a Purple Moon Dance project. Hang Gathering Concert 2009, with the most talented Bay Area Hang players. Musical Incense, two cds released with Darren Gibbs. Garden Of Memory, the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill. Different concerts in Italy and California.
Founded Samavesha and became the artistic director. Elemental, multimedia performance. Garden Of Memory, the annual new-music event directed by Sarah Cahill. ‘Origins’ dance and musical performance with Dance Monks. Conceived SAMAVESHA, a production that creates multiple forms of Art in collaboration with artists from all over the world. Cd releases: ‘Hang: a collection of works’ and ‘Mood’. ‘Instrumental 2’ by Roberto Zappala’, dance and music performance.
Assistant composer to Paolo Buonvino for the movies ‘Il mio miglior nemico’ by Carlo Verdone and ‘N (Io e Napoleone)’ by Paolo Virzi’. ‘Sahara’, a song for the movie ‘Lettere dal Sahara” by Vittorio De Seta. ‘Release’ by Emanuele Becheri, a sounding installation.
Authored and performed various music for theater like ‘Il viaggio’ by Nini Ferrara, ‘Antigone’ directed by Bergamaschi; sound-tracks for movies like ‘My father’s garden’ by Matthew Brown, with Maya Sansa, present at the Venice Film Festival 2003, ‘Piccola pesca’ by Enrico Pizzianti, ‘Jo Lido’ by Francesco Jost and dance performances like ‘Uzumè’ by Maria Grazia Sarandrea.
Presentation of the record ‘From Rosy Bower's’ at the Auditorium, Parco della Musica of Rome, with the ensemble ‘Ku’. Performance of ‘Ophelia e le altre’ at the ‘Leuciane Festival’, in Roma in Piazza Trilussa for ‘Estate Romana’, in Positano for the summer festival of the Costiera Amalfitana, at Maschio Angioino and at the Palazzo Reale della Reggia di Napoli, at Torre Michelangelo on the island of Ischia. Soundtrack of the multimedia show ‘Butterfly and Parrots’, with Carla Fracci and the dance troupe of the Teatro dell'Opera.
Performed in many concerts of contemporary and minimalist music with ‘Ready Made Quartet’. Among others ‘Reich in New York’ at the Castello de L’Aquila and ‘Less Is Too Much’ at the Classico Village of Rome. With ‘Ars Ludi’ she performed at the ‘37° Festival of Nuova Cansonanza’, held at the Teatro Olimpico of Rome.
In the year of the Jubilee, as a didgeridoo soloist, she performed at the opera of the ‘Missa Solemnis Pro Jubileo Domini Nostri Tertio Millennio’, composed and directed by Franco Mannino and performed at the Colosseum (Anfiteatro Flavio), in Rome. She was the assistant for the concert directed by Marcello Peca, ‘La Passione di Cristo’ by A. Scarlatti, for the ‘Festival Barocco’ of Viterbo.
Performed with the didgeridoo in the concert ‘Dedalo’, held at the Swiss Istitute of Rome, with an ensemble of classical musicians directed by Bernardino Penazzi.
'Laugrafia' debuted at the 'Poeteca', in Campo dei Fiori, Rome: a performance of slides projection, music, and poetry over the poem 'La bomba' by Gregory Corso, interpreted by the poet Pilar Castel.
Conceived and directed the multidisciplinary theater piece ‘Apologia della Gioia’. Multimedia performance, with the participation of an ensemble of thirty performers. Among them musicians, actors, poets, painters, dancers and performers.
Began to teach percussion, didgeridoo, and improvisation in Rome. Performed in various world music festivals in Italy and collaborated in theater and music workshops held at the Teatro Ateneo of La Sapienza inRome by Indian masters like Tapa Sudana, K. Kaladhara, and others.
I was born in Sicily, Italy. At 15, I began studying classical piano, but my passion for research led me to the improvisational style. I played with a multitude of musicians and I explored various musical genres. Within a few years I was able to apply the free improvisational technique on many instruments: bass, soprano sax, classical flute, and many ethnic percussion instruments.
Thanks to musicians and teachers from various continents, I learned to both play and make native instruments of the world, such as the didgeridoo from Australia, the djembe from Africa, bamboo flutes from India in addition to instruments which I created.
In 1993 I moved to Rome to study psychology. At this point my research intensified, and I specialized in ethnic/tribal instruments and cultural anthropology. This is also when I began to teach percussion instruments and didgeridoo.
I attended the Classical Music Conservatory in Italy, where I studied classical orchestral percussion. Thanks to my teacher Gianluca Ruggeri, I explored my skills in contemporary and minimalist music. Those years were very formative because they allowed me to develop my own personal musical style.
At 21, I created and directed a theatrical multimedia performance titled ‘Apologia della Gioia’, involving an ensemble of thirty artists comprised of musicians, actors, dancers, poets, and performers. This is the vision I hold for all my work until today: different expressions of art manifested in an unique event, in one unrepitable momentum. This vision later became Samavesha.
While I was living in Rome, I authored and performed various musical compositions for theater, dance performances, exhibitions, and soundtracks for movies. Mood is an album with different songs from these works. Check out also the soundtrack samples. For two years I also collaborated musically and as assistant composer of Paolo Buonvino, one of the most famous Italian movie soundtrack composers. In 2003, I discovered the Hang, a new acoustic instrument made in Switzerland. HANG: a collection of works and Musical Incense vol. I and II are albums dedicated entirely to this instrument.
Currently, I am based out of San Francisco Bay Area, where I create soundtracks, performances and concerts with artists of all genres and nationality. I am the fonder and the Artistic Director of Samavesha, a multidisciplinary arts organization that explores the intersection of traditional art forms with contemporary artistic languages, and creates awareness of the vital importance of creativity and art in human lives as a source of a healthy living. The Cave Concerts, Art in Nature Festival, and the Rose Labyrinth Series are some of the Samavesha productions that gather great arts and artists from all over the world in unusual settings.
I'm known as 'the Hang drum player in the SF Bay Area' but my sound and musical explorations are not limited to this amazing instrument, therefore I perform with a variety of instruments and in different ensembles. Most of my latest musical projects are world fusion music.
Thanks to my musical and spiritual studies with teachers from ancient and modern schools of wisdom, I have developed a unique form of healing practice called 'Harmonizing Therapy'. I use sacred sounds, rhythms, and melodies to create Inner Landscapes Journeys to facilitate and nurture personal transformation and self awareness. She applies this method in one on one sessions, as well as group settings, concerts, workshops, and company retreats. I'm inspired by the concept that all the religious and gnostic believes have in common that Life started with 'sound'. Sound is a vibration. A vibration creates movement, and through movement everything manifests, transform, and evolve. This is the most simple, ancient, and profound principle in Nature. My work reflects that view and creates a deep connection with the specific 'momentum' we live in. Because of that, while you are reading about my lifework, I have evolved already to another state of consciousness. May you find here a resonance or an inspiration for your precious life and may our path cross in time and space so that we can benefit even more of the gifts we have to share.
My Favorite Artists
Batsheva Dance Company, My Brightest Diamond, Meredith Monk, AM 4, Bjork, Anat Cohen, Bill Evans, Steve Reich, Shakti, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Nitin Sawhney, Niyaz and Vas, Zakir Hussain, Jan Garbarek, Nina Simone, John MacLaughlin, Glen Velez, Oi va voi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Glen Gould, Bach, G. B. Pergolesi, Paris Combo, Prince, Rosa Balistreri, Cassandra Wilson, Lautari, Hector Zazou, Wim Mertens, Miles Davis, Iva Bittova, Philip Glass, Frida Kahlo, Michelangelo ...