In June, we had the honor of hosting a sneak preview for enchanting vocalist Laura Chu Wiens upcoming album Exetastes. This month, we welcome her back for a concert and celebration of the album’s official release! Exetastes is a tour-de-force, showcasing Laura’s expansive global influences, with tracks spotlighting the blues, Latin, funk, bembe, and even traditional folk music from Mexico, the Balkans, and China. The Exetastes album tour brings together seven storied jazz musicians from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Morgantown to introduce AurallaurA as a vibrant new voice in the jazz composition scene. This album was produced with generous support from the Opportunity Fund.
About the Artist:
Laura Chu Wiens (she/her), also known as AurallaurA, is a jazz composer and vocalist. She grew up in a biracial Chinese-American household, and having lived extensively overseas, is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Chu Wiens has studied and performed folk music in Chiapas, Mexico, township jazz in Cape Town, South Africa, Roma music in Belgrade, Serbia and Lisu minority folk music in Yunnan, China. Laura studied vocal jazz at Williams College, but her skills as a performer have been refined as a regular performing musician in the DC and Pittsburgh area over the last 17 years. She performs regularly with the group RML Jazz at festivals, performance venues and restaurants, and has previously fronted the big band The Jazz Conspiracy, Speak Low Jazz in the Washington DC region, and Lora and the Belgrade Boys in Serbia. Laura has also composed and performed vocal music for three BBC Radio 4 Dramas produced by the Prix Italia and Sony Gold Radio Academy Award-winning audio artist, Gregory Whitehead. Those pieces were broadcast nationally across the UK and at the Glasgow Radio Festival “Radiophrenia.”
Greg Lutz: keys
Curtis Johnson: sax, clarinet, flute
Nick Costa: drums
John Dahlman: bass
Ellen Perkins: guitar, violin, backup vocals
Chris Fazio: violin
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