Laura Jurd

Laura JurdLaura is a London based trumpet player, composer and improviser who loves playing, listening to, writing and creating music and has been influenced by a huge range of music including jazz, classical and folk. She studied jazz and composition at Trinity College of Music while playing trumpet with NYJO.

She has a strong interest in contemporary classical music and improvisation, and her influences include; Igor Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Alban Berg, Enrico Rava, Olivier Messiaen, Michael Tippett, to name a few.

An active member of the UK jazz and improvisation scene Laura’s ensembles have performed at some of the country’s most prestigious venues as well as performing in many UK festivals. She released her critically acclaimed debut album Landing Ground in November 2012 and has since performed the music around the UK.

Laura is an extremely active composer, writing a diverse range of music for a variety of ensembles. She was awarded the 2011 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and has written for the likes of the Chaos Orchestra, Mark Lockheart, Saxaphonquadrat Berlin, the Ligeti Quartet as well as many other ensembles and musicians.

Laura was awarded the 2012 Worshipful Company of Musician’s jazz award and was also shortlisted for the BASCA British Composer Awards. She is also co-founder of Chaos Collective – an organisation and record label that promotes and commissions new music, which was awarded the 2012 Musician’s Benevolent Fund ‘Development Award’.