"The natural evolution of contemporary instrumental music. Flawless"
"No doubting Laurance’s creativity as a very unusual kind of world musician"
- The Guardian
• 2017 Grammy win for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for the album Culcha Vulcha, as a member of Snarky Puppy
• 2016 Grammy win for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for the album Sylva, as a member of Snarky Puppy
• 2014 Grammy Award Winner for Best R&B Performance (Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway)
• Currently has 19,800 Facebook likes and 19,000 Instagram followers.
"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 Three time Grammy Winner, Laurance, an English native currently living in London, across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects. A world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer dubbed a “jazz maestro” by The Guardian, Laurance is probably best known as a founding member of Snarky Puppy, the Grammy-winning collective based out of Brooklyn.
On his own, Laurance - a professional musician since the age of 14 - has performed with an array of musical talents, including Morcheeba, David Crosby, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Musiq Soulchild and the Metropole Orchestra. He’s also worked with several world-famous dance companies, including Alvin Ailey, Ballet Rambert, Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures, Phoenix Dance, Northern Ballet Theatre and the English National Ballet. And, in his limited free time, he also runs a music production company called Twenty Thousand, and is a specialist lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Music and Morley College of Music in London.
Laurance has released four critically-acclaimed solo albums, 2014's Flint (a #1 album on the iTunes jazz charts) 2015's Swift and 2016’s Aftersun & Live at the Union Chapel.
If Flint was an exercise in breaking down genre barriers and Swift was a larger piece that connected deep grooves with a classical sensibility, then Aftersun is a project that places African percussion at its heart, mixed in with elements of jazz and dance and Live at the Union Chapel is an incredible documenting of the live project with a string quartet, percussion and French horn.
Bill has just released a live album CD/DVD, recorded at London’s Union Chapel, has debuted his solo piano & electronics show at the Milan International Piano Festival in May, curated by Ludovico Einaudi, and is about to record a solo piano album. Alongside more touring and recording work with Snarky Puppy, and of course, continual worldwide touring with his own group, and his solo project that has seen him play in Japan, USA, Africa and right across Europe.