Laura Jurd (t) Elliot Galvin (p) Conor Chaplin (b) Corrie Dick (d)
A graduate of the Alton College band (and veteran of Swanage!) Laura is now London-based and has won many awards and had lots of radio exposure for her playing and composition over the past three years. She plays and writes a wide variety of music, drawing on classical, jazz and folk influences. Laura’s ensembles have performed at some of the most prestigious venues and UK festivals. She was awarded the 2011 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition and has written for Mark Lockheart, the Chaos Orchestra, the Ligeti Quartet and other ensembles. In 2012 she was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians ‘ jazz award and is co-founder of the Chaos Collective, an organization and record label that promotes and commissions new music, awarded the 2012 Musicians’ Benevolent Fund Development Award. The quartet fuses jazz with elements of European folk and classical traditions to create a very distinctive sound.
With more than six years of immersing themselves in music creation the members of this vibrant and imaginative band have developed a deep understanding and almost telepathic communication in delivering Laura’s playful, edgy compositions. Adjusting the focus to include electronic instruments (electric bass, fender rhodes and synths) the music adopts a fiery and edgy sound reminiscent of later Miles Davis albums. Seamlessly switching between synth and trumpet, Jurd effortlessly commands and leads the band through eight eclectic and compelling originals.
‘Together, As One’ is a highly personal album, as Laura explains: “Having worked together as a band over the past six years, we have produced a record that is a testament to our close friendship, the time we’ve spent developing a cohesive sound and our passion and dedication to the art. Regularly working with Elliot, Conor and Corrie in a live and studio setting is always inspiring and has enabled the compositions to take on a life of their own. The process continues to be a natural and joyous experience and we’re looking forward to whatever the future has in store.”
In 2016, Laura signed an exclusive recording contract with Dave Stapleton’s Edition Record.
“Jurd stretches critics’ and musicians’ repertoire of superlatives”. (John Fordham, The Guardian)