Laurie A. Jarski, composer, cellist, singer/songwriter guitarist, and owner of Broughton Music Center & Northville Center for Music & Art, is a professional cellist in the Presence of Three Trio, Red Willow Dream, the Battle Creek Symphony, and principal cellist with The National Women’s Music Festival Orchestra under Nan Washburn. She studied composition with Anthony Iannaccone and Ramon Zupko, and cello with Winifred Mayes (Asst. principal cellist in the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy) and Nina Deveritch (Master Class pupil of Pablo Casals).
Laurie has composed commissioned works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, choir, and a variety of chamber ensemble pieces. The featured sampling of compositions include, Untitled (Brazilian Mirage) for Mixed Chamber Ensemble; 2020, Egyptian Blue Jazz Bowl with Flared Rim for Solo Guitar; 2020, Swamp Over 8th Street for Minstrel Banjo: 2020, God Rest Ye! Orchestral Renderings; 2015, Funky Blues for Cello Quartet; 2012, The Star to Every Wandering Bark for Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Percussion; 2010, Travel Modalities for 16 Celli; 2008, An Amethyst Remembrance for Mezzo Soprano, Chamber Choir and Orchestra; 1995.
In Laurie’s compositions, the interplay of antiphonal, rhythmic, and colorful fabric is woven around lyrical song-like melodies, a natural extension of Laurie’s folk music origin, as singer/ songwriter from age 9 and onward. A natural tendency to have percussive attributes cross over to instruments not usually slated as percussion, is of particular interest, and visa versa. Instrumental role switches, provide some interesting sound textures! In a recent work; Rhythm Cordia for Solo Cello; 2018, Laurie further blurs the idiomatic lines between cello and guitar, with a variety of pizzicato techniques, and col legno variations embedded into the piece.
Laurie’s current compositional commission in the works, is 9 Trees of KL Avenue Sent Underground for Folk Instruments, String Quartet, Percussion & Electronic Sounds; 2021.
Future compositional endeavors will be women focused. The first project involves writing two pieces honoring two pioneering women (Lois Schaefer, flutist of The Boston Symphony, and Winifred Mayes, cellist of Philadelphia Orchestra), of the professional orchestra world (at a time led by men, 1950’s & forward). The first piece will be a piano quintet for piccolo, flute, cello, & bass, and the other, an orchestra work featuring the flute and cello within the orchestra.
Laurie’s most recent compositional concept, is to compose a piece exploring the powerful rhythm of speech possessed by some of the great women now, and in our history; Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Hillary Clinton, Viola Davis, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Michelle Obama, Michelle Bachelet, Queen Elizabeth II, etc.