Bill Laurance w. Ben Aiken

Thu Sep 27 2018 8:00pm to 11:00pm
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Bill Laurance

Bill Laurance - This is England(live @TivoliVredenburg Utrecht)

• 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.

Bill Laurance is a three time Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and performer. He has worked professionally for 22 years, performing all over the world. He is an original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy.

His four albums (Flint, 2014; Swift, 2015; Aftersun, 2016; and Live at Union Chapel, 2016) all hit the top of the UK and US iTunes Jazz charts. He is currently developing his 5th album, a solo record exploring a fusion of acoustic piano, electronics with a focus on free improvisation.

Bill’s composition work extends across a wide range of genres: his first feature film Un Traductor, was nominated for best foreign film at 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Other collaborations include work with prestigious dance companies (Alvin Ailey, Mathew Bourne and Northern Ballet Theatre) and producing music for commercials (Apple Mac, Sky Broadband, Nokia, De Beers, Investec, Hewlett Packard, and Rigby & Peller). Recently Bill has been co-writing with David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) on original compositions for the forthcoming David Crosby album. Bill is currently composing three separate commissions for Big Band, Orchestra and Choir.

Bill is a passionate educator and continues to give clinics and masterclasses at institutions all over the world. He is the Artist in Residence at Morley College, London.

Collaborations include:

David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Jordan Rudess, Susana Baca, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, Musiq Soul Child, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Carlos Malta, Miss Dynamite, The Metropole Orchestra

Bill is a champion of cutting edge keyboard developments, he is endorsed by Roli Seaboard, Dave Smith, Moog, Mellotron, Korg, Nord, MXR, Yamaha Pianos, Yamaha Reface, Arp Odyssey, Sound Brenner and Native Instruments.

Ben Aiken

Ben Aiken is a local musician based out of Boston, MA. His music draws heavy influence from hip-hop and jazz. He is a member of Slam Kitchen, a funk based hip-hop group who has performed all around the greater boston area. Slam Kitchen is also a regular act at the Riverwalk Cafe. Ben Aiken has played in various groups and opened for the likes of Sirintip, West End Blend, Dumbfoundead, and Funky Dawgz Brass Band.