LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Supremely talented keyboardist and founding member of Snarky Puppy returns to Southbank Centre following his sold out performance in the 2018 EFG London Jazz Festival.
'It’s a personal exploration. I'm discovering my own voice, my own sound all the time', explains Bill Laurance. 'I get a kick out of that journey.'
That journey has led Laurance across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects. A three times Grammy winning, world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, dubbed a 'jazz maestro' by The Guardian. Laurance is also a member of the phenomenon that is Snarky Puppy.
2018 has seen Bill exploring his first love, the piano, with the recording of a solo album entitled ‘Cables’ to be released in spring 2019. The album puts Bill’s focus on the piano and electronics in a further exploration of the meeting of classical and jazz.
Widely travelled as soloist and producer, his solo projects demonstrate an intensely individual approach to both acoustic and electric keyboards – and his talent as composer is evidenced in collaborations with dance companies worldwide as well as his own projects – most recently with one of the world’s leading jazz big bands, the WDR Big Band, in the 2018 EFG London Jazz Festival.
We're delighted to invite UK pianist Ashley Henry to open the show - one of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences.
An excellent pianist, he brings jazz, beats and hip-hop into his work, and has opened for Marcus Miller at Royal Festival Hall in 2017, Christine and the Queens tour, as well as his headline show at Rich Mix last year.
Listen to his latest EP Easter here