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Bloom (vinyl)

Bill Laurance & The Untold Orchestra

Bloom (vinyl)

Format: LP 12inch
Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427905918
Catnr: ACTLP 90591
Release date: 26 April 2024
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Label
ACT music
UPC
0614427905918
Catalogue number
ACTLP 90591
Release date
26 April 2024
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
EN

About the album

A series of dark, warm string chords opens the curtain on a vista of spaciousness and great sonic depth. Soon after, an intense rhythm develops, classically light and tightly grooving at the same time. A crystalline piano melody develops over everything, leading into an imaginative, hypnotically intensifying improvisation.

Bloom sees 5-time Grammy-winning composer and pianist Bill Laurance once more expanding his sonic palette. He has returned to his classical roots, working with arranger Josh Poole and 18 string players from Manchester’s Untold Orchestra to produce an album on a convincingly epic scale. Conceptually, Laurance says the record was largely inspired by his child’s capacity to imagine and create other worlds: “Every decision we take can be traced back to our capacity to imagine, the only limits on what we can achieve are the scale of our dreams. My child’s ability to pull back the curtain of reality and to create a fantasy world ignited all kinds of possibilities for me, and that is what ultimately led to this music.”

Combining Laurance’s classical sensibilities with jazz, pop grooves, and powerful orchestral synchronicity, Bloom runs the gamut of emotions and moods. Whether it’s flowing dreamscapes or dramatic crescendos, listeners are taken to exactly where they want to be, without ever veering off into the predictable.

Artist(s)

Bill Laurance (piano)

Pianist, keyboardist and composer Bill Laurance’s music evokes a striking sense of time and place. As an original member of 5-time Grammy Award-winning group Snarky Puppy, Laurance has toured the world countless times, playing hundreds of concerts to tens of thousands of fans worldwide. His brand new solo release HOPE comprises 3 parts exploring the aspiration of hope: trust, persistence and change. A track commissioned by the Internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer and Artistic director Hope Boykin for the Hope Boykin Dance Company, it premiered as part of the Philadelphia Ballet's work Endure in February 2023. “In a world of such uncertainty HOPE is an exploration into how and why we should remain hopeful.” (Bill Laurance) The record follows a frenetic run of solo albums that include Affinity (2022), Live at the EFG London Jazz Festival (2021)...
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Pianist, keyboardist and composer Bill Laurance’s music evokes a striking sense of time and place. As an original member of 5-time Grammy Award-winning group Snarky Puppy, Laurance has toured the world countless times, playing hundreds of concerts to tens of thousands of fans worldwide.

His brand new solo release HOPE comprises 3 parts exploring the aspiration of hope: trust, persistence and change. A track commissioned by the Internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer and Artistic director Hope Boykin for the Hope Boykin Dance Company, it premiered as part of the Philadelphia Ballet's work Endure in February 2023.

“In a world of such uncertainty HOPE is an exploration into how and why we should remain hopeful.” (Bill Laurance)

The record follows a frenetic run of solo albums that include Affinity (2022), Live at the EFG London Jazz Festival (2021) and Cables (2019), as well as his most recent collaboration with Snarky Puppy bassist Michael League entitled Where You Wish You Were (2023). HOPE is a a natural continuation of Laurance’s lifelong infatuation with the piano. This began with a childhood love of ragtime, demonstrating an early determination by earning his keep over three summers at a Soho restaurant residency.

How the flint first sparked....

Attending the University of Leeds, he majored in classical composition, exploring jazz, funk and drum’n’bass in addition to classical music. Since then he has honed the melodic immediacy of this approach, along with his intense improvisational prowess, forging a distinctive personal style that embraces English classical, electronica and jazz-rock sensibilities, alongside gritty contemporary grooves.

In the early-noughties, a twenty-something Laurance was trying to make a living on the Leeds music scene, when an unremarkable but timely pick-up gig presented itself with a young Michael League in singer Michael Solomon Williams’ band. Gigs in the north of England forged a friendship with League, who happened to be looking for a new piano player, and League invited Laurance to the US to record the first Snarky Puppy album, The Only Constant, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since then, Laurance has clocked up recordings and or performances with such renowned artists as David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Terence Blanchard, Susana Baca, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, Musiq Soul Child, Khalid Sansi, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Carlos Malta, The Metropole Orchestra and the WDR Big Band. He has also worked extensively in the dance world with companies including Alvin Ailey, Ballet Rambert, Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures, Phoenix Dance, Northern Ballet Theatre and the English National Ballet. He has also composed music for a variety of different clients including Apple, Sky, Nokia and Hewlett Packard.

He is a champion of cutting-edge keyboard developments and is endorsed by: Moog, Mellotron, Sequential, Korg, Nord, Roli Seaboard, Yamaha, Roland, Arp Odyssey, Keyscape, Sound Brenner, Native Instruments and MXR. Alongside Laurance’s touring as a solo artist and with Snarky Puppy, Laurance is the Artist in residence at Morley College London. He is is a passionate educator and continues to give clinics at music institutions all over the world.


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Rory Storm (conductor)

Composer(s)

Bill Laurance (piano)

Pianist, keyboardist and composer Bill Laurance’s music evokes a striking sense of time and place. As an original member of 5-time Grammy Award-winning group Snarky Puppy, Laurance has toured the world countless times, playing hundreds of concerts to tens of thousands of fans worldwide. His brand new solo release HOPE comprises 3 parts exploring the aspiration of hope: trust, persistence and change. A track commissioned by the Internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer and Artistic director Hope Boykin for the Hope Boykin Dance Company, it premiered as part of the Philadelphia Ballet's work Endure in February 2023. “In a world of such uncertainty HOPE is an exploration into how and why we should remain hopeful.” (Bill Laurance) The record follows a frenetic run of solo albums that include Affinity (2022), Live at the EFG London Jazz Festival (2021)...
more
Pianist, keyboardist and composer Bill Laurance’s music evokes a striking sense of time and place. As an original member of 5-time Grammy Award-winning group Snarky Puppy, Laurance has toured the world countless times, playing hundreds of concerts to tens of thousands of fans worldwide.

His brand new solo release HOPE comprises 3 parts exploring the aspiration of hope: trust, persistence and change. A track commissioned by the Internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer and Artistic director Hope Boykin for the Hope Boykin Dance Company, it premiered as part of the Philadelphia Ballet's work Endure in February 2023.

“In a world of such uncertainty HOPE is an exploration into how and why we should remain hopeful.” (Bill Laurance)

The record follows a frenetic run of solo albums that include Affinity (2022), Live at the EFG London Jazz Festival (2021) and Cables (2019), as well as his most recent collaboration with Snarky Puppy bassist Michael League entitled Where You Wish You Were (2023). HOPE is a a natural continuation of Laurance’s lifelong infatuation with the piano. This began with a childhood love of ragtime, demonstrating an early determination by earning his keep over three summers at a Soho restaurant residency.

How the flint first sparked....

Attending the University of Leeds, he majored in classical composition, exploring jazz, funk and drum’n’bass in addition to classical music. Since then he has honed the melodic immediacy of this approach, along with his intense improvisational prowess, forging a distinctive personal style that embraces English classical, electronica and jazz-rock sensibilities, alongside gritty contemporary grooves.

In the early-noughties, a twenty-something Laurance was trying to make a living on the Leeds music scene, when an unremarkable but timely pick-up gig presented itself with a young Michael League in singer Michael Solomon Williams’ band. Gigs in the north of England forged a friendship with League, who happened to be looking for a new piano player, and League invited Laurance to the US to record the first Snarky Puppy album, The Only Constant, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since then, Laurance has clocked up recordings and or performances with such renowned artists as David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Terence Blanchard, Susana Baca, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, Musiq Soul Child, Khalid Sansi, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Carlos Malta, The Metropole Orchestra and the WDR Big Band. He has also worked extensively in the dance world with companies including Alvin Ailey, Ballet Rambert, Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures, Phoenix Dance, Northern Ballet Theatre and the English National Ballet. He has also composed music for a variety of different clients including Apple, Sky, Nokia and Hewlett Packard.

He is a champion of cutting-edge keyboard developments and is endorsed by: Moog, Mellotron, Sequential, Korg, Nord, Roli Seaboard, Yamaha, Roland, Arp Odyssey, Keyscape, Sound Brenner, Native Instruments and MXR. Alongside Laurance’s touring as a solo artist and with Snarky Puppy, Laurance is the Artist in residence at Morley College London. He is is a passionate educator and continues to give clinics at music institutions all over the world.


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