Louis Laurain is a trumpet player, improviser and composer, based in Paris. He mainly works in the field of contemporary music, improvised music and jazz. Born in 1984, he taught himself to play the trumpet and then studied jazz and improvisation at the conservatories of Lyon (CNR) and Paris (CNSMDP). While developing his own personal and original language on his instrument, he researched, through different collaborations, an intuitive and spontaneous approach to music. His interest is essentially in different forms of improvised music for various formations,ranging from solo to orchestral.His work is focussed principally on two topics. Firstly an accoustic approach to instruments through research on sounds and sound effects in relation to the space in which they are produced. Secondly work on the amplification of instruments (“close miking”) with the aim of creating the illusion of an electric or electronic “machine instrument”.
He performed with Eliane Radigue, Stephen o'Malley (Sunn O ))), Pierre Huyghe, Axel Dorner, Nicolas Collins, Yves-Noel Génot, Zombie-Zombie, Pierce Warnecke, Polyversal souls, Tobias Delius, Arnaud Rivière, Xavier Charles, Ignaz Schick, Fidel Fourneyron, Joel Grip, Bruno Ruder, Frédéric Blondy…
He performed in various festival and venues in Paris (grande halle de la vilette, cité de la musique, Centre Pompidou, Radio France, Vilette Sonique, Instants chavirés, Théatre des Bouffes du Nord, ménagerie de verre), Porto (Casa de musica), Fylkingen Stockholm (SWE), Manila Mabini art Gallery (PHI), Algiers (Festival culturel européen), Météo Festival, Umea (Umea jazz festival), Accra (Alliance francaise), Berlin (Jazzdor, Jazz an der Lohmule), Rome (Rome jazz festival), Amsterdam (OT 301), Densités, San Francisco (luggage store), Lisbonne (Ze Dos Bois), Londres (The Vortex), Jazz in Marciac, Reno jazz festival (US), festival du désert (MALI), Tampere Music Festiva (FIN, Université de Tomsk (RU), the Vooruit (Gent), Lublin, Kody Festival (PL), Bergen jazzforum (NO), Umbria jazz (IT), ENSEMS Valencia (SP).
Since 2015 he curates with fredéric Blondy the festival CRAK (St merry Church, Paris) and The jazz Series at "le 34" with Benjamin Dousteyssier, Jean dousteyssier & P.A. Badaroux.