LaDonna Smith
violin viola voice    






Conferences, Festivals, Residencies & Workshops...
(selected listing & highlights)

ISAW, Subtropics Festival, Audiotheque, Miami FL 2015

Sonic Frontiers, University of Alabama with Anthony Braxton, February 25, 2015

High Zero Festival, Baltimore MD  2014

Seattle Improv Festival, 2013

ICTUS Festival , NYC, The Stone, 2012
Celebrating 30 years of Ictus Records,
Andrea Centazzo, Producer.

New Music Circle-St. Louis, MO, February 12, 2011  Trans Duo

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT  2010
Guest Artist:  "Moi Viola"  Concert & Lecture, guest residency
classroom facilitation of free improvisation sessions

ISIM Fourth Annual Festival/Conference 2009
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Dec 3-6, 2009
Improvisation, Diversity, and Change:
Uncovering New Social Paradigms Through Spontaneous Musical Creativity  

ISIM Third Annual Conference 2008
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, Colorado USA

December 5-7, 2008
Improvisation and Identity: Discovering Self and Community in a Trans-Cultural Age

International Society of Improvised Music, ISIM Inaugural Conference 2006
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
 December 1-3, 2006
Time, Sound, and Transcendence: Forging a New Vision for Improvised Music

The Pioneer Days: 1977-1999

"Symposium on Improvisation" University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 1999

New Music Gallery, workshops with kids, Toronto, Ont. Canada. l994.

Contemporary Arts Center, Teen Project Arts, Sante Fe. NM l993;

Moderator, "Improvisation Panel" Exploratorium, New Music America, San Francisco, CA 1992

Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussells, Belgium (Contemporary workshop for children); 1984

Princeton University, Princeton NJ; 1982

Improvisation Symposium, UCSD Center for New Music Experiment, LaJolla CA l983;

Bard College, Red Hook, NY: 1982

Lake Erie College for Women, Cleveland OH l980;

Mississippi College for Women (MSCW), Columbus, MS

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa  1974-1984   "Improvisation Company,"  
"Transcendprovisation,"    "Raudelunas Pataphysical Revue," concerts, exhibitions & parades


Improvisation Workshops for Students

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT   2010
"Comprovisation"-facilitating group improvisation
for college students, mixed instrumentation.

American String Teachers Association, Kansas City, Mo 2006
"Comprovisation"-facilitating group improvisation and extended string techniques,
International Society of Improvised Music, ISIM Inaugural Conference 2006
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
 December 1-3, 2006
Time, Sound, and Transcendence: Forging a New Vision for Improvised Music
Improvisation & Extended String Techniques for Suzuki Students

American String Teachers Association, Reno, NV  February 2005
"Comprovisation"-introduction to composing in the moment,
free improvisation and extended string techniques, facilitating group improvisation"

Michigan State University  2002
, American Composers Forum
     Improvisation Workshop for Suzuki Students: 
"Not all Frogs are supposed to be Green"

Central Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute, Elizabethtown, PA 1995-1999 Violin, Group Lessons, Yoga

Millersville University 2000-2008
faculty:  Violin repertoire, free improvisation, jazz improvisation,  

Hershey School, Hershey PA  2009  
   faculty: Suzuki Violin repertoire,  Comprovisation

James Hutchins Suzuki School, Chevy Chase, MD.  Improvisation weekend 2006

Philadelphia Suzuki Association, Suzuki Workshop & Improvisation workshop 2006

Louisville School of the Blind, Louisville KY   1996
Comprehensive improvisation workshop for blind children, TransMuseq & Ut Gret

Lincoln Copiah Community College,
Wesson, Mississippi 1995
Guest Artist in Residence: three disciplines: ceramic sculpture, music improvisation,
and creative automatic writing

Auburn Suzuki Institute, Auburn, Alabama, 1993,1994 Faculty:  Improvisation, Suzuki repertoire, art

Baton Rouge Parrish Schools,  Baton Rouge, LA,Guest Composer in Residence, 1984 


Performances & Concerts (selected listing)

ICTUS Festival , NYC, The Stone, 2012
Celebrating 30 years of Ictus Records, Andrea Centazzo, Producer.

Louisville, KY  Outsider-Noise
Mini-Festival , 2012

New Music Circle-St. Louis, MO, February 12, 2011  Trans Duo with Davey Williams

Fringe Festival, New Orleans, LA, Harold's Performance Garden, 2011

Roulette, NYC, Deviant Shakti release with Michael Evans, March 2010

the improvisor festival , "Celebrating Thirty Years" of the improvisor,
the international magazine journal of free improvisation,
a month long festival
from Birmingham Alabama and 5 American Cities:
he Stone-NYC,  Seattle, Atlanta, Athens, Chattanooga, August 1-31, 2010.

Trenton Performance Art Festival, Trenton, GA, September 11, 2010

Experimental Music, Greencup Series, Birmingham AL 2009
(Andrew Dewar, Tatsuya Nakatani, Claire Barratt, Killick, Stella Nystrom, Davey Williams,
 Johnny Coley, Sister Love & others)

2009, European Tour with Misha Feigin as "Stringtrek"
    Germany: Stuttgart, Koln,

High Zero Festival, Baltimore MD, September 2005
Birmingham Improv Festival  1994-1999 (present)

Seattle Improvisation Festival  2005, 1998, 1994

I Scream Festival, Atlanta GA 1998

Subtropics, South Florida Composers Alliance 1997

Shakin Ray Levi Improv Festival 1997

New Music Circle Improv Festival 1996, St. Louis, MO

Tallahasse Improv Festival 1996

New Music America (Albuquerque)1995

Fa So La (Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens) 1995

New Music America (NYC) 1991

Destroy All Music Festival (Atlanta) 1990, 1991

Company Week (London) 1991 Derek Bailey

NOW Concert, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.  L.S.D. Trio, 1990 

Hartford Jazz Festival 1990 with L.S.D. Trio (Anne LeBaron, Akue Dixon)

Moers International Jazz Festival 1980

New Music America Festival,  "The Exploratorium" San Francisco, CA. 1980)

Ear it Live Festival, (5 cities, Canada) 1978

Festival Victoriaville, Musique Actuelle,  1989

Munster C.U.B.A.  1988. 1991 (American Dreams), 2009 Erhard Hirt

Claxon Festival (Amsterdam, Utrecht) 1988  Maarten Altena

Taklos Festival- (Zurich, Bern, Basil, St. Gallen)  1990

String World Festival (Toronto), 1984 John Oswald

Vancouver DuMarier Festival 1989

Alternate Roots Festival, Atlanta, GA1979, 1980, 1982


Performances & Tours  (selected listing)

New Music Circle-St. Louis, MO, February 12, 2011  with Davey Williams

Harold's Performance Garden, New Orleans LA, November 2011.

University of Alabama, New College, Tuscaloosa, AL  (Anne LeBaron) 2011

"Off"  Children's Dance Foundation, Creative Collective, Birmingham, AL 2011

Lecture and Performance, Nashville, TN  (Brady Sharp) 2010

"Way Out Series"  Freddie's Backroom, NYC  with Christine Bard 2009

Pittsburgh, PA  "Solo Performance/Experimental Film" (Manny Theiner), 2007

Little Theater, San Francisco, January 2008 (Rova)
Community Center, San Francisco, January 2001 (Thollem)

Stringtrek  Tour with Misha Feigin,  Connections Gallery-Easton, PA,  Philadelphia, PA,
        York Center for the Arts, York PA, Velvet Lounge, Washington D.C., The Farm Pittsboro, N.C.,
        WDVX "Blue Plate Special" -Knoxville, TN., Barking Legs- Chattanooga, TN; Eyedrum-Atlanta, GA.,
        Cine' Athens GA,  Sequana-Birmingham AL, July 2008

Stringtrek Tour with Misha Feigin, Darmstadt, Utrecht Jazz, the Stubnitz-Amsterdam, W.O.R.M Rotterdam,
       Guy Strahle-Brussells, Art Loft-Stuttgart
, Palace Gallery Karlsruhe DB, Nancy, FR., Haver, FR. 2008

Stringtrek Tour with Misha Feigin, Cuba-Munster DB with Erhard Hirt, Krakow Poland, with Rafal Mazur,
        Exploratorium-Berlin, Darmstadt Jazz Institute, Karlsruhe, Koln, Rotterdam, Niggelmuhle.  2007

Roulette, NYC,  LaDonna solo, Nov. 12, 2005 

NYC Susan Hefner and Dancers, NYC  1989, 1993
, 2002, 2003, May 2005 & ABC No Rio

NYC with Susan Hefner/& Michael Evans, 2006, 2007, 2008

"Slideshow" with Susan Alcorn, Moonlight Cafe Birmingham, AL July 2005

The Big Top, Solo & with Contra Contra Bass, New Orleans, Oct 2004

Chicago Institute of Art, Links Hall, The Hot House (90-94)

Chicago Jazz Institute Women in Music Festival 1994

San Francisco: New Langton Arts, Beanbenders, Hotel Utah, Oakland Loft, KPFA, 1978

The Knitting Factory (1993-7) NYC

Roulette Intermedium (1994) NYC

Experimental Intermedium, Soundscape, AMICA Bunker, NYC etc.. (89-94)

Tallahassee New Music Festival, (1995)

Destroy All Music Festival-Atlanta, GA (l992,94)

Birmingham Alabama (too many to think of..... Birmingham Art Assoc. etc. l986-95)

Birmingham Improv Festival (l991-99), Birmingham Museum of Art, Festival of Arts.,.

Chattanooga, Shaking Ray Levi Festival 94, Chattanooga, TN,

Little Theatre, Knoxville TN, Ashley Capps  1988

Univ. South Carolina, Columbia, SC  1991

Louisville, School of the Blind 95, other small venues

Miami, Griffin Gallery, SAW Gallery 1994:

Subtropics, South Florida Composers Alliance, Miami Dade Community College 1997

Salvadore Dali Museum, Tampa, FL 1998

St. Louis New Music Circle l993; (also April 96)

Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee (Concert & sculpture show) 1994

What is Performance Art? Cleveland, OH 1992

Countries Visited

CANADA; The Music Gallery-Toronto; Vancouver Jazz Festival; Victo-Victoriaville,
Ear It Live Festival (5 cities in Ontario),  

DENMARK:   Kopenhagen 1995, with Kresten Osgood

ENGLAND: TRANS & solo:   London Musicians Collective, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Northampton, Hull, Cambridge, Canterbury, Derby, Newcastle, London, etc. 1978, 1980, 1986, 1989,1991, 1995

GERMANY: TRANS & solo, Dortmund, Koln, World String Festival-Stuttgart, FMP-Berlin, Fabrik- Hannover, Wilhelmshaven, Wiesbaden-Human Noise Festival, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munster, Munich, Rieslingen, Krefeld, Witten, Oldenburg,     1980,1986,1989,1991,1993,1995, 2004, 2006, 2007

FRANCE: TRANS (informal concerts in various surrealist’s living rooms) & Davey Williams

BELGIUM: Brussells- Palais de Beux Arts, Logos Foundation-Gent, WIM Antwerp, Rotterdam W.O.R.M.

HOLLAND: TRANS, BimHuis-Amsterdam, Het Apollohuis-Eindhoven, Utrecht, den Haag 1990, 1994  TRANS

SWITZERLAND: TRANS, Taklos, Zurich, Bern, St. Gallen, Basil, 1989. 1994 TRANS

ITALY: Bologna, Venice, Milano, Rome, Mestre, Fiorenze 1978, 1985, 1989 TRANS DUO

JUGOSLAVIA -Daraguba Festival 90, Llubjana, Slovenia  1992,  TRANS DUO

RUSSIA:  Moscow, Kraskova, Smolensk, 1994, with Serguei Letov

SIBERIA: Novisibirsk 1994 with Serguei Letov

UKRAINE; touring 7 performances (Youth Music Festival, Kiev, Wienitze) with Yuri Zmorovitch, 1995

JAPAN:  Tokyo, Hitachi, Nagano, Kyoto, Matsumoto, (Birmingham Suzuki Violinists) 1998

CHINA:  Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou International School (ASTA), 2002

INDIA:  Karnataka Region, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu 2014-2015