Laura Ortman

“I wouldn’t call the music industry an industry. It’s just a way of life.”

For White Mountain Apache artist Laura Ortman, it’s been a way of life for more than 20 years.

From following in her grandmother’s footsteps as a violinist and composing songs to accompany her art installations to founding the all-Native American Coast Orchestra and playing venues like the iconic CBGB and the Centre Pompidue in Paris, France, she has always found a way to connect with others through music.

In the latest DD Spotlight, Laura talks about her inspirations and shares a live violin performance.

B-roll footage courtesy of Elevtr


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