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Laura Perrudin (FRA)

French harpist, singer and composer Laura Perrudin has had both an unusual and eclectic career. Brought up on a diet of jazz from childhood, she studied classical music in addition to composing and producing music using her home studio, influenced by a wide array of genres including electronic and traditional music, soul and hip-hop, and trained with many musicians from her birth region of Brittany to New York and Paris. In her youth, (in Brittany) the sound of the Celtic harp, thanks to its deep vibration, was the only thing that helped her to get some sleep. Her mission became to open up the possibilities of the harp to a richer harmonic language, and her quest paid off in 2008 when harp maker Philippe Volant custom-built for her a chromatic pedal-less harp with a single row of strings and in 2014 an electric version of the chromatic harp, which she has played ever since. This innovative instrument has allowed her to give free rein to the sinuous harmonies and rich soundscapes of her unclassifiable compositions. Seeing her harp as both an orchestra and a drum kit, in her compelling live performances, Laura creates a powerful personal universe utilizing an arsenal of laptops, sound-effect pedals and multitrack loops. Perrudin recently released her sophomore album, ‘Poisons & Antidotes’ in Europe, mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studio in Reykjavík (Björk, Feist, Camille, Damon Albarn), receiving 4 Stars from The Guardian’s John Lewis. “…her vocals are often multi-layered into audacious harmonies, while the harp can sound like any number of instruments…. Perrudin’s strong melodies and poetic imagery make each song uniquely compelling.” France Inter Paris Radio” wrote, “It’s rather as if Björk had chanced upon Herbie Hancock in a Dublin pub. Laura Perrudin is only at the beginning of her artistic carer, but she has already redefined the framework of the harp and we are sure that her singular universe will become an example.” At Amersfoort Jazz 2018, Laura Perrudin (nominated by Adami) performs on Day 2 of the Sena Performers International Jazz Laureates Festival in the historic venue De Mannenzaal. On Sunday she performs a second time at Amersfoort Jazz, at the Groenmarkt.


26 May
20:00 - 21:00
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