Laura Perrudin’s career has been both unusual and eclectic. Brought up on a diet of jazz from childhood, her classical music studies led on to both electronic and traditional music, via soul and hip-hop, through her encounters with innumerable musicians, in her native Brittany, but also in Paris and New York.
Her mission is to open up the possibilities of the harp to a richer harmonic language, and it was in 2008 that she finally found the key, when harp-maker Philippe Volant custom-built for her a chromatic pedal-less harp with a single row of strings. This innovative instrument has allowed her to give free rein to the sinuous harmonies of her unclassifiable compositions.
Distinguished as early as 2015 by Le Monde, the BBC, FiP Radio and Les Inrocks for her first album Impressions, Laura Perrudin is back with Poisons & Antidotes, to be released on September 22th 2017. Mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studio in Reykjavík (Björk, Feist, Camille, Damon Albarn…), this pop UFO flirting with electronica, neosoul and experimental folk, relies on a unique instrument : an electric chromatic harp. Lending her voice to the sound experimentations she is so fond of, Laura creates a powerful personal universe that wonderfully materializes in her surprising live performances, where she gets to play around with the arsenal of a perfect geek (laptops, sound-effect pedals and multitrack loopers).
She will be joined on stage, on the occasion of this exceptional showcase as part of WINTER JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018, by the jazz vocalist Becca Stevens, winner of the “Best RisingStar Female Vocalist 2017“ by Downbeat Magazine.
US TOUR DATES
1/13 @ WJF / The Bitter End – New York, NY