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, and a member of the Nouveau Classical Project and the Association of Dominican Classical Artists. She has performed across North and Latin America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician in ensembles such as The London Sinfonietta, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and Ensemble Bonne Action in venues that range from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London's Southbank Centre, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and David Geffen Hall (former Avery Fisher Hall) in New York to artist squats, diners, and highway medians. Laura can be heard with 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, Gold Bolus and others.
Laura attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where she studied flute with Michel Debost, Kathleen Chastain, Kate Hill, and William Bennett, as well as composition with Paul Patterson. She holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program where she studied with Tara Helen O’Connor. Laura is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY where she researches and writes about methods of corporeal music analysis in new music. Laura teaches at Washington Heights Conservatory and is a faculty mentor at the Harmony Program.
She plays a custom-made open G# Almeida with a Boston cut Powell headjoint.
For more information about Laura's projects, please visit TAKensemble.com