Laura Lassy Townsend is also a vocalist, specialized in North African & Middle Eastern music. With Moroccan and Israeli roots, Laura is the lead singer of the NY Andalus Ensemble & ASEFA, where she regularly performs in Arabic, Ladino and Hebrew. Her current work focuses on reclaiming the cultural heritage of Jews from Arab lands from a feminist perspective. Concert credits include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, DROM, La Nacional, JCC NY & DC, the American Sephardi Federation, BMS East by Middle East Festival, and the World Music Institute.
Laura has been classically trained by Met Opera Baritone Mark Oswald, holds an MSc in Business from HEC Paris and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.