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Anna-Lena Laurin (1962-    )

Anna-Lena Laurin, composerSwedish composer Anna-Lena Laurin writes complex orchestral music with very strong melodic and rhythmical components. Her music is significant through a dark, dramatic, as well as a light and lyrical/romantic tone language.
Laurin has written for and worked with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård; the Swedish Wind Ensemble, with trumpet soloist and conductor Håkan Hardenberger; Camerata Nordica, with Norwegian Terje Tönnesen; the symphony orchestra in Helsingborg, with American Jonathan Shiffman; Roma und Sinti Kammerphilharmoniker, with German Riccardo M Sahiti; Musica Vitae; Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, with Estonian Paul Mägi; Huaröd’s String Orchestra, with Mats Rondin; the symphony orchestra of Malmö Opera; the symphony orchestra at Norrlandsoperan, with Per-Otto Johansson; and Fredrik Malmberg and Vox Nova Chamber Choir. Laurin enjoys working face-to-face with soloists such as Håkan Hardenberger, Martin Sturfält, Francisca Skoogh, Linda Dahl Laursen, Magnus Båge, and jazz soloists such as Anders Bergcrantz (trumpet), Richie Beirach (piano) Jacob Karlzon (piano). She has also written especially for Chinese percussion virtuoso Li Biao’s Percussion Group. She has received numerous grants, prizes and enthusiastic reviews, as well as appreciation from the Swedish Queen Silvia for her 2002 album Sång till mormor. Born in Halmstad, in the south of Sweden, Laurin started playing classical piano at the age of seven and continued with music in different directions and styles on various instruments, but mainly as a pianist and vocalist. She began her professional musical career as a pianist and singer in different jazz ensembles, but now works exclusively as a composer and has a very busy schedule with new commissions coming up frequently from symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras or soloists. Upcoming commissions are a concerto for Håkan Hardenberger, Camerata Nordica and Terje Tönnesen, orchestral works and etudes for beginning pianists. Her works include the much publicized String Quartet No. 1 (2004) and Autumn Fields (2008) for violin and piano (or string orchestra), her Concerto for Flute, Strings and Harp (2009), the orchestral Piece From the Silence (2006), and Shards of Time (2010) for solo piano. Laurin's influences are from composers and musicians of many different genres and époques and she has composed works mixing different genres - such as The Painter (2009) for symphony orchestra, trumpet and jazz group, Iphigenia (2009) for symphony orchestra and improvising jazz soloists, and Colours (1997) concerto for trumpet, jazz trumpet, chamber choir and jazz group, an hour long trumpet concerto specially composed for trumpet soloists Håkan Hardenberger (who commissioned it) and Anders Bergcrantz.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Laurin Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Laurin on Laurin
Introduction Dance in Music, trumpet and piano (1994)
Colours, concerto, 2 trumpets, chorus and rhythm section (jazz group) (1997; rev. 2010)
    - Introduction: Mother of Pearl, trumpet and percussion (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
    - Getting Yellow
    - The Eternal Blue Ocean, trumpet (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
    - Amber: The Colour from Another Time
                 - Red, trumpet, chorus and percussion (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
                 - When Black Turns White, trumpet and piano (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
String Quartet No. 1 (2003-04)
Piece from the Silence, orchestra (2006)
Precious Dreams, solo trumpet, flute, alto sax, clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, piano, double bass and drums (2007)
Fanfare to Wanås, 3 trumpets, trombone and 2 percussionists (2007)
Autumn Fields, violin and piano (2007) [also arr. for string orchestra, 2011]
Hope, concerto, trumpet, string orchestra and rhythm section (jazz group) (2008)
The Roaring Waves of Faro, violin, cello, vibraphone and double bass (2008) [also arr. for violin, viola, vibraphone and cello]
The Painter, trumpet, jazz trio and orchestra (2009)
Iphigenia (4 mvts), orchestra and improvising jazz soloists [trumpet and piano] (2009)
Concerto for Flute, Strings and Harp (2009)
Exit, 2 marimba, 4 percussion and solo voice/or instrument (2009) 
Jul, mixed (or female) chorus (2010)
Where the Sun Rises, 2 marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and 2 percussionists (2010)
Dual Quest I, violin and piano (2010)
Dual Quest II, flute and piano (2010)
Shards of Time, piano (2010)
Just Deserts, short film score (2010)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Laurin Links    ~ ~ ~    Laurin on Laurin     ~ top of page ~
Orchestra
Piece from the Silence, orchestra (2006)
    - Insight
    - Icy Wind
    - February
    - Drowsy Spring Dance
    - Meadows
    - The Woodpecker
    - Echoes from the valley
    - Resistance
    - Hubertus
    - Song from the countryside
    - Belonging
    - Victory
Autumn Fields, string orchestra (arr. 2011 from original work for violin and piano, 2007)
The Painter, trumpet, jazz trio and orchestra (2009)
    - Cypresses
    - Absinth Minded
    - Sun Flowers
    - Touches
    - Twilight
Iphigenia (4 mvts), orchestra and improvising jazz soloists [trumpet and piano] (2009)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Colours, concerto, 2 trumpets, chorus and rhythm section (jazz group) (1997; rev. 2010)
    - Introduction: Mother of Pearl, trumpet and percussion (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
    - Getting Yellow
    - The Eternal Blue Ocean, trumpet (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
    - Amber: The Colour from Another Time
                 - Red, trumpet, chorus and percussion (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
                 - When Black Turns White, trumpet and piano (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
Hope, concerto, trumpet, string orchestra and rhythm section (jazz group) (2008)
Iphigenia (4 mvts), orchestra and improvising jazz soloists [trumpet and piano] (2009)
Concerto for Flute, Strings and Harp (2009)

Choral
Colours, concerto, 2 trumpets, chorus and rhythm section (jazz group) (1997; rev. 2010)
    - Red, trumpet, chorus and percussion (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
Jul, mixed (or female) chorus (2010)

Chamber
Red, trumpet, choir and percussion (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
Introduction Mother of Pearl, trumpet and percussion (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
String Quartet No. 1 (2003-04)
Precious Dreams, solo trumpet, flute, alto sax, clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, piano, double bass and drums (2007)
Fanfare to Wanås, 3 trumpets, trombone and 2 percussionists (2007)
The Roaring Waves of Faro, violin, cello, vibraphone and double bass (2008) [also arr. for violin, viola, vibraphone and cello]
Exit, 2 marimba, 4 percussion and solo voice/or instrument (2009) 
Where the Sun Rises, 2 marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and 2 percussionists (2010)

Instrument and Piano
Introduction Dance in Music, trumpet and piano (1994)
When Black Turns White, trumpet and piano (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]
Autumn Fields, violin and piano (2007) [also arr. for string orchestra, 2011]
Dual Quest I, violin and piano (2010)
Dual Quest II, flute and piano (2010)

Solo Instrument
The Eternal Blue Ocean, trumpet (1997) [from concerto "Colours"]

Percussion
Fanfare to Wanås, 3 trumpets, trombone and 2 percussionists (2007)
The Roaring Waves of Faro, violin, cello, vibraphone and double bass (2008) [also arr. for violin, viola, vibraphone and cello]
Exit, 2 marimba, 4 percussion and solo voice/or instrument (2009) 
Where the Sun Rises, 2 marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and 2 percussionists (2010)

Piano
Shards of Time, piano (2010)

Film
Just Deserts, short film score (2010)

see also a listing of Laurin's other works  here


LAURIN  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Laurin on Laurin      ~ top of page ~
World Premiere of "Iphigenia", Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, April 20th 2011,  Stockholm Concert Hall

Composer's website (at Vanguard Music Boulevard)   . . .   contact Anna-Lena Laurin:  here

Laurin @ Wikipedia (in Swedish)  tranlated by google  here
Laurin @ Dala-Demokraten
Laurin @ Facebook
Laurin @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Laurin @ MySpaceMusic
Laurin @ NO! (NorrlandsOperans)    if unavailable, archived  here
Laurin @ Swedish Music Information Service
Laurin @ Society of Swedish Composers    also    here
Laurin @ Vanguard Music Boulevard    also    here

Publisher
Laurin @ Composer's website
Laurin @ Swedish Music Information Service  -  String search: "Anna-Lena Laurin"; category: Composer
Laurin @ Swedish Music Information Service - Swedish Music by Women Composers
Swedish Music Information Center/contacts:
    - Anne-Christine Berg/annechristine.berg(at)svenskmusik.org
    - Susanne Suttner/susanne.suttner(at)svenskmusik.org

Streaming Audio
Laurin @ Composer's website
Laurin @ Composer's Radio/Föreningen svenska tonsättare
Laurin @ kvast
Laurin @ MySpaceMusic
Laurin @ NRK

Recordings
Laurin @ Composer's website
Laurin @ Amazon.com
Laurin @ musikkonline.no
see complete discography  here

Video
Laurin @ YouTube
Laurin @ Google Video
Laurin @ SVT2 (Swedish television)  -  documentary film "Iphigenia"

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Laurin on Laurin: Portrait (VIDEO) (in Swedish)







Discography
Dance in Music (released 1995)
    - Mrs Hope
    - All by myself
    - Blunda och njut
    - Trapped
    - The fairy queen
    - Dance in music
    - Herr och fru
    - Pregnant festival
    - Apart
    - Mr Goatcabin [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
    - Vaggvisa
Vakna min bulle (released 1996; all the songs written around 1995)
    - Nar jag blir stor
    - Du och jag
    - Lilla van inte nu
    - Leka indianer
    - Glasdockan
    - Klagosamba om kvallen
    - Det finns
    - Nio Liv (katten)
    - Sommarlov
    - Varg arg
    - Vakna min bulle
    - Skolsång
Sång til mormor (2002)
    - Sång till mormor. Berättelsen
    - Sång till mormor. Vokalt
    - Acapulco nights
    - Sommarvals
Piece From the Silence (released 2007)
    - String Quartet No. 1 (2003-04)
    - Piece from the Silence (2008)



Anna-Lena Laurin has a large amount of music registred at STIM. Here is an alphabetic list of different works which is not presented anywhere else:

Acapulco Nights [from album "Sång til mormor", 2002]
All By Myself [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
And There She Was
Anders' Run
Apart [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
Blues For Oden
Blunda Och Njut [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
Dance in Music [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
Danmarksresan
Det Finns [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Drömmarna
Du Och Jag [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Ekströms
En Stilla Tanke
Fabians Sång
Fabians Vandringslåt
The Fairy Queen [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
From Heart To Heart
Glasdockan [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Herr Och Fru [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
Introduktion STM
Jag Behövs
Just For You
Klagosamba om kvallen [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Leka indianer [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Lilla Vän Inte Nu [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Lindanserskan
Lisamba
Mormors Bop
The Miricle
Mr Goat Cabin [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
Mrs Hope [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
När Jag Blir Stor [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Narcissus
New York STM
Nio Liv (katten) [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Pastells
Pregnant Festival [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
Så Många Dagarsom bara går
Skolsång [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Sommarlov [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Sommarregn
Sommarvals [from album "Sång til mormor", 2002]
Speldosan
STM Variationer
Stunder
Tema I STM
Tema II STM
Till Dig
Trapped [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
Vägskälet
Vaggvisa [from album "Dance in Music", 1996]
Vakna min bulle [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Vard Arg [from the album "Vakna Min Bulle", 2009]
Vi Sluter Samman
Vill Inte
Vintersång
Walz For Filippa
When You Are In The World
When You Are Far Away


From NorrlandsOperan's Symphony Orchestra
The Painter
Symphony Concert
Strong melodies, challenging harmonics and fresh rhythms. When NorrlandsOperan's Symphony Orchestra opens the Umeå Jazz Festival, in keeping with tradition, it will serve up a wonderful blend of classical music and jazz. Accompanying the orchestra as a soloist is renowned jazz trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz.

With the composition she calls The Painter for trumpet, jazz trio and orchestra, composer Anna-Lena Laurin has created a work that has one foot in the classical world and the other in the jazz world; a symphonic piece in which the majority of the solo part consists of improvisation. The soloist for the piece is Anders Bergcrantz – one of the world's very best jazz trumpeters.

The Painter is a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, the artist who won such great fame after his death, though he never sold a single painting during his lifetime. Anna-Lena Laurin was moved by Van Gogh's life story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum and the piece's five movements have names based on his works, such as Absinth Minded, Sun Flowers and Touches.

Laurin began her musical career as a jazz pianist and vocalist. As a composer, she has been inspired in equal measures by Igor Stravinsky and Wayne Shorter. Laurin's music is easy on the ear without being banal; complex without the desire to be pretentious or inaccessible. Her strength is her strong melodies, which continually propel the music forward. Laurin has composed The Painter as a commissioned work for NorrlandsOperan and those who attend this performance will be privileged to listen to its grand première.

Anders Jormin also joins us from the world of jazz. He is considered one of Sweden's leading jazz bassists and, like Anders Bergcrantz, has also played alongside a number of the world's jazz legends, received several prestigious awards and recorded an inordinate number of records.

Though this time, Jormin visits NorrlandsOperan in his role as a composer, rather than a musician. In his piece Whitman Intonations, written for the brass section of the symphony orchestra, Jormin draws inspiration from a poem by American great Walt Whitman (1819–1892). He describes the piece as his musical interpretation of the poem. One of its movements is based on the text's inherent rhythm, for example. With the help of the harsh yet powerful allure of brass, Jormin has created a beautiful and dynamic piece with rich harmonics and singable melodies.

The concert will begin with music by Judith Weir, a Scottish-English composer who is very much in vogue at the moment. As a composer, Weir has won greatest recognition for her operatic pieces. She is keenly interested in our origins and our folk music traditions and tales; an interest which often colours her music. This performance will be the Swedish première for her piece, Winter Song.

Conductor P-O Johansson / Soloist Anders Bergcrantz / NorrlandsOperans Symfoniorkester

Judith Weir Winter Song / Anders Jormin Whitman Intonations / Anna-Lena Laurin The Painter

Thu 28.10 at 19:30 - Konsertsalen

Price - Full price 140 kr / Student 120 kr / Youth 70 kr


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