Laura Agnusdei is a saxophone player, electroacoustic composer, and improviser from Bologna (IT). She holds a diploma in classical saxophone from the Conservatory of Bologna and a master degree with distinction in electro-acoustic music from the Institute of Sonology (NL). In her youth, she was part of many experimental and underground rock bands in her hometown.
Since 2014 she started her first solo project, based on the use of different sound sources by combining digital, analog and acoustic sonorities in a hybrid set up. The first compositional outcome of her solo project is “NIGHT/LIGHTS” a 4 track-ep released in September 2017 on limited edition cassette via the English label The Tapeworm. This work features the saxophone as the main voice within different sonic landscapes that shift between melody and texture, between song form and improvisation, to create emotional states that change from track to track. Likewise, in the context of her research at The Institute of Sonology she has been composing fixed media works and pieces for live performances that involve acoustic instruments and electronics, focusing on possible timbre relationships between these two domains.
Since 2016, her music is been presented in festivals and venues such Rewire (NL), Eye Filmmuseum (NL), Dekmantel (NL), Worm (NL), Iklectik (UK), Macao (IT), Ipercorpo (IT), Sonix (CZ) and Reform Act (AT). Furthermore, Laura is actually performing in a duo with Daniele Fabris and in many free-improv ensembles. She is also active as a composer for cinema works, performing scores for silent movies and composing soundtracks for short films.
Her inclination towards improvisation has also involved her playing saxophone in the Italian psych rock band Julie’s Haircut. Active since the 90s, their last album “Invocation and Ritual Dance of My Demon Twin” was made editing some purely improvised studio sessions and it was released in February 2017 by Rocket Recordings. Laura toured in Europe with them presenting this work and successively released with them a second album “Music from the Last Command” including all the music written and performed for the classic Josef Von Sternberg’s silent film ‘The Last Command’ (1928), produced on invitation by Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino and Transiti Trento.
Laura also holds a bachelor of Modern Literature from Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. She graduated with distinction presenting the thesis “Identity crisis through body representation in contemporary American cinema and literature”.