Laura Escudé

Los Angeles, CA

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Critically-acclaimed musician and technologist Laura Escudé to release debut artist CD Pororoca

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Pororoca encompasses a myriad of genres, utilizing live electronics, synthesis, found sounds, samples and violin affected by hardware and software. It’s a masterpiece that brings her early influence of Cage, Stockhausen, Autechre, Squarepusher, Monolake, FSOL and Aphex Twin into the future.

We’re excited to present you with Pororoca - the debut CD release from critically-acclaimed music technologist, violinist, composer, sound designer and educator Laura Escudé. Based in Los Angeles, Escudé is perhaps the most technically skilled and gifted electronic music artist we’ve seen in a long time - period. Bold statement, yes, but there’s a lot to back it up.

Laura specializes in the software program Ableton Live and is the “Ableton Live authority” in Los Angeles. In fact, she was L.A.’s first Certified Ableton Trainer, (as well as one of the first in the world) and now personally conducts the West Coast certification events for Ableton. Her innovative approach to music, technology and community has propelled her to do consulting and music work for high-level artists and companies. In 2009 she worked with Cirque du Soleil on their production “Viva Elvis” as an Ableton Live programmer, toured Europe on violin and electronics with acclaimed world music band Niyaz, was a tour consultant for Kayne West and recorded violin on EastWest’s Quantum Leap Silk sound library.She collaborates with some of the most innovative minds in music and technology through her new media collective Electronic Creatives and launched the popular Ableton Live Master Class series in 2009.

Technically superior, Pororoca is crafted with a combination of Ableton Live, foot and hand controllers, Logic, Native Instruments plug ins, field recordings and instruments including Violin (4 string, 5 string and electric) and Cello. Even though the album is largely electronic in nature it’s full of real emotion. Of course, much of this has to do with the fact that this is just not an album of tracks, but rather, a collection where each piece tells a different story. The title – Pororoca – has double meaning. First, quite literally in connecting with the record it means “tumultuous noise.” Second, Pororoca is the name of the longest “rideable” tidal wave on earth (someone once rode the wave for 38 minutes). A video accompaniment to the title track was created by multi-media visual artist Scott Pagano; known for collaborating with a wide range of musicians including Speedy J, James Zabiela, Richard Devine, Christopher Willits, Trifonic, Eskmo/Welder, BT, and Michael Jackson. Pagano directed and executed the conception, design, animation, and finishing of the “Pororoca” video for Laura Escudé.

Beyond her music technology work, Laura has recorded violin for composers, including Carmen Rizzo and Eric Whitacre, as well as for artists, including Sage Francis, Solillaquists of Sound and PlatEAU. She has created sound design for the films Lovewrecked and Red is the Color of, and has recorded violin for films, including Michael Apted’s documentary The Power of the Game, HBO’s The Song Story, Kissing Cousins and Welcome Home. A mainstay in the Los Angeles music scene, Laura has performed at numerous locations, including Create:Fixate, the Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Pacific Design Center and the Downtown Independent. Her performances are breathtaking, with her emotional yet technical violin playing with electronics accompaniment leading her to be the opening act for artists such as Robert Rich and Funkstorung.

Laura attended Vanderbilt University, Florida State University and attended the Film Scoring program at UCLA Extension. Classically trained in violin since the age of six, Escudé often performs with bands and ensembles, including Niyaz, Trace Element, Santa Monica Symphony, Torrance Symphony, Multi-Ethnic Star Orchestra (MESTO), Tampa Bay Symphony, Pensacola Symphony and the Observatory Orchestra.

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