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Friday, May 26, 2023



Photo Credit: Gemma Warren

Breakout jazz artist and multi-instrumentalist Laufey has unveiled a new track “From The Start” via AWAL Recordings. “‘From The Start’ is a bossa nova inspired song about being in love with your best friend…who is in love with someone else. I wrote the song to create a playful mix of old sounds with modern lyrics,” Laufey explains. Fans can listen to "From The Start" here:

“From The Start” is the first taste of much more new original music to come from Laufey later this year. The song follows the release of A Night At The Symphony—a curated collection of songs Laufey recorded with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra during a sold-out two-night run at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík last year. A Night At The Symphony features previously released tracks off her debut album 'Everything I Know About Love' and her 2021 EP, 'Typical of Me'.

Moreover, Laufey’s recently announced headlining performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra this fall, as well as her entire summer tour in Australia and Asia, sold out in just minutes. She will also appear at various festivals this summer including Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Ottawa Jazz Festival and THING Festival. See below for the details of her Southeast Asia tour. 

Laufey Tour Dates
May 30, 2023—Manila—The Filinvest Tent [SOLD OUT]
May 31, 2023—Taipei—Clapper Studio [SOLD OUT]
June 2, 2023—Jakarta—Java Jazz Festival 
June 3, 2023—Singapore—Alex Blake Charlie Sessions [SOLD OUT]
June 5, 2023—Tokyo—Blue Note Tokyo (Two shows) [SOLD OUT]
June 8, 2023—Sydney, NSW—Oxford Art Factory [SOLD OUT]
June 9, 2023—Melbourne, VIC—Howler [SOLD OUT]
June 10, 2023—Melbourne, VIC—Howler [SOLD OUT]
June 26, 2023—Ottawa, CA—Ottawa Jazz Festival 
July 8, 2023—Ghent, BE—Gent Jazz Festival 
July 9, 2023—Rotterdam, NL—North Sea Jazz Festival 
July 13, 2023—Elstree, UK—Home Farm Glamping 
July 15, 2023—Pori, FI—Pori Jazz
August 2, 2023—Caroga Lake, NY—Caroga Lake Music Festival 
August 26, 2023—Port Townsend, WA—THING
September 16, 2023—Los Angeles, CA—The Ford [SOLD OUT]

“Laufey’s timeless, low-and-slow style warmly blends jazz, classical and pop, vividly soundtracking the young Icelander’s own tender age.”
— NPR Music

“Mixing pop with classical flourishes, Laufey captures everyday emotions, like falling in love, and elevates them with a degree of musicality and flair  that is anything but ordinary.”
— The Fader

“Laufey deftly melds new elements of modern music with more traditional sounds of classic jazz, articulating the push and pull of love and loss with distinct eloquence.”
— Consequence 

Laufey (pronounced lāy-vāy) is a 24-year-old, Los Angeles-based singer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist whose jazz songs are about young love and self-discovery. Raised between Reykjavík and Washington, D.C. with annual visits to Beijing, the Icelandic-Chinese artist grew up playing cello as well as piano and became hooked on the jazz standards of Ella Fitzgerald after digging through her father’s record collection.

In 2020, while still a student at Berklee College of Music, Laufey released her debut single “Street by Street”, which went on to top the Icelandic radio charts. Following the release of her 'Typical of Me' EP, Laufey was named Best New Artist in Jazz and Blues at the Icelandic Music Awards and hosted her own show on BBC Radio 3/BBC Sounds. 'Everything I Know About Love' debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist Album chart, and the lead single “Valentine” peaked at #1 on the Spotify Jazz Chart. In 2022 Laufey was the most streamed jazz artist on Spotify, with 425 million streams across all platforms.

Listen to "From The Start" here:


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