Laura Mvula is compared to Nina Simone or Amy Winehouse - because of the sound of her voice and onstage charisma. Prepared to present the classical repertoire, the vocalist always surprises the critics and the audience with jazz, neo-soul realizations filled with remarkable vocalises, to which she also invites the instruments of the orchestra. The artist will perform together with the musicians of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and conductor, composer and multi-instrumentalist Troy Miller as part of the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival 2019 taking place at the Philharmonic in Szczecin. The audience will be able to listen to the compositions from the artist's latest album ‘The Dreaming Room’. This final concert of the Festival MDF 2019 will be a real feast filled with light and music
Born in Birmingham, Laura Mvula began her music career in the church, where she performed with gospel choirs. She quickly began writing her own works and studied composition at the Birmingham Conservatory. Laura delighted the world in 2013, when she made her debut album ‘Sing To The Moon’, nominated i.a. to the Mercury Prize and recognized as one of the most important British albums of that year.
In 2016, the artist released her next album ‘The Dreaming Room’, which leaves even more space for the characteristic, captivating voice and arrangements of Laura. The album still features her heavenly vocalises, enriched with the sounds of analogue synthesizers and guitars. Mvula's music is more than just great tunes. The single ‘Overcome’ promoting the album, enhanced with the funky guitar of legendary Nile Rodgers, touches upon the topic of civil rights, and not without reason is associated with the poem by Maya Angelou, an icon of African-American literature.
Having been working on the album, the artist was accompanied by Troy Miller - composer, multi-instrumentalist and music producer, who collaborated with such stars as Adele, Mark Ronson, Gregory Porter, Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, Grace Jones and Donna Summer. Miller decided to develop the characteristic sounds from the album and arrange the whole material for a symphony orchestra. ‘The Dreaming Room’ repeated the success of Laura Mvula’s debut album. It also developed her as an artist. This material is visionary, escapes categorization and breaks the boundaries.
During the final concert of the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM 2019 Festival taking place at the Symphony Hall of the Szczecin Philharmonic, Laura Mvula, will be accompanied by musicians of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and conductor Troy Miller. During that evening, the audience can expect a spectacle, a dream, in which light and music will play the main roles.Laura Mvula
Being a native of Birmingham, Laura Mvula is an artist who combines classical music education with the creativity and charisma of the neo-soul and jazz star. She gained global recognition for the first time in 2013 when she released her debut album ‘Sing to the Moon’, which features her spiritual voice with rich, psychedelic soundscapes. Wonderfully received by both the critics and the audience, the album opened her the path to further experiments. The 2016 album ‘The Dreaming Room’ developed Laura’s search with a lively orchestral sound palette, to the creation of which she invited producer and conductor Troy Miller. Troy Miller
Troy Miller is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, conductor and music producer. His rare talent goes far beyond the genres of musical art. He started his career as a drummer, performing and recording, among others with Roy Ayers and Amy Winehouse. He produced for such artists as Adele, Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, Gary Bartz, Daniel Merriweather, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Donna Summer, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter and Mark Turner. For nearly ten years, he performed under the stage names ‘Yamaha Artist’ and ‘Sabian Artist’, holding many music masterclasses. Hus conducting led him to such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Orchestra. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music, where he currently holds the post of a visiting professor.