I’m Laena and I live in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve been playing violin for 25 years and I have 15 years experience touring and recording as a violinist, vocalist, bassist and guitar player. I also play percussion and some keys. I’ve recorded with John Frusciante, Fuzz, Ariel Pink, Allah Las + more and played live in groups like Ty Segall (acoustic), The Growlers, White Fence, Jhené Aiko and The Like. Please see the Discography and Live Performance tabs for more information.
As a violinist I’m mostly sought out for improvisational work by non-classical artists. I often play by-ear but I can transcribe and/or compose sheet music when needed. I do enjoy playing written music with other string players in various configurations and I grew up playing in orchestras and youth symphonies, but usually I play violin solo- specializing in intuitively supplementing whomever I’m accompanying and delivering rich, emotionally evocative tone in a wide range of genres.
As a bass and guitar player I’m experienced in old school rock, punk, post-punk, pop, motown, and experimental styles.
My true love is in writing music and I do take commissions for compositions and string arrangement, as well as other instrumentations. I sing and play guitar in my band FEELS internationally and also perform solo locally.