Ingrid Laubrock

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Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock, moers festival 2012
Ingrid Laubrock, moers festival 2012
Background information
Born (1970-09-24) September 24, 1970 (age 51)
Stadtlohn, Germany
GenresAvant-garde jazz, free jazz
Years active1994–present
LabelsCandid, Intakt
Associated actsMonica Vasconcelos, Ife Tolentino, F-IRE Collective, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson

Ingrid Laubrock (born September 24, 1970) is a German jazz saxophonist, who primarily plays tenor saxophone but also performs and records on soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones.

She studied with Jean Toussaint, Dave Liebman and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[1]

Laubrock moved to London, England in 1989,[2] and became a member of the F-IRE Collective. In 2008 she moved to New York City.[3]

In 1998, she released her first solo album Who Is It? and was nominated for the 'Rising Star of the Year' award at the 1999 BT Jazz Awards. She was also nominated for the BBC Award 'Rising Star' in 2005 and in 2009 won the SWR Jazz Award for her recording Sleepthief, featuring pianist Liam Noble and drummer Tom Rainey (her husband). They recorded a 2011 album called The Madness of Crowds.

She has played and recorded with Brazilian singer Monica Vasconcelos' band NÓIS and the Brazilian quartet NÓIS4 of which she is a founding member. Other musicians she has made guest appearances with include Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Polar Bear, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Scott Fields, and Anthony Braxton.[1] In 2020 she will play with Kris Davis at the first edition of the Monheim Triennale.

The composition ″Vogelfrei″ for orchestra, soloists and choir from the album Contemporary Chaos Practices was included in The New York Times' 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018 by NY Times critic Seth Colter Walls.[4]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

Release year Title Label Personnel/Notes
1998 Who Is It? Candid
2001 Some Time Candid
2005 Forensic F-IRE Collective Quintet with Karin Merchant (piano), Ben Davis (cello), Larry Bartley (bass), Tom Skinner (drums); guest: Julian Siegel (bass clarinet)
2006 Let's Call This... Babel Label Duo with Liam Noble (piano)
2008 Sleepthief Intakt Trio with Liam Noble (piano), Tom Rainey (drums)
2010 Paradoxical Frog Clean Feed As part of the band Paradoxical Frog; trio, with Kris Davis (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
2010 Anti-House Intakt As the band Anti-House; with Mary Halvorson (guitar), John Hébert (bass), Tom Rainey (drums, glockenspiel); guest: Kris Davis (piano)
2011 The Madness of Crowds Intakt As the band Sleepthief; trio with Liam Noble (piano), Tom Rainey (drums)
2012 Catatumbo Babel Trio with Olie Brice (bass), Javier Carmona (drums)
2012 Haste Emanem Trio with Veryan Weston (piano), Hanna Marshall (cello)
2012 Union Clean Feed As part of the band Paradoxical Frog; trio, with Kris Davis (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
2013 Strong Place Intakt As the band Anti-House; quintet, with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Kris Davis (piano), John Hébert (bass), Tom Rainey (drums)
2013 Lark Skirl As part of the band Lark; quartet, with Kris Davis (piano), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Tom Rainey (drums)
2014 Zurich Concert Intakt Octet with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tom Arthurs (trumpet), Ted Reichman (accordion), Liam Noble (piano), Ben Davis (cello), Drew Gress (bass), Tom Rainey (drums, xylophone)
2014 And Other Desert Towns Relative Pitch Duo with Tom Rainey (drums)
2015 Roulette of the Cradle Intakt As the band Anti-House; quintet, with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Kris Davis (piano), John Hébert (bass), Tom Rainey (drums); guest: Oscar Noriega (clarinet)
2015 Ubatuba Firehouse 12 As the band Ubatuba; quintet, with Tim Berne (alto sax), Dan Peck (tuba), Ben Gerstein (trombone), Tom Rainey (drums)
2016 Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere Relative Pitch As the band Perch Hen Brock & Rain; quartet with Ab Baars (reeds), Ig Henneman (viola), Tom Rainey (drums)
2016 Buoyancy Relative Pitch Duo with Tom Rainey (drums)
2016 Serpentines Intakt Septet with Peter Evans (trumpet), Miya Masaoka (koto), Craig Taborn (piano), Sam Pluta (electronics), Dan Peck (tuba), Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
2017 Planktonic Finales Intakt Trio with Stephan Crump (bass), Cory Smythe (piano)
2017 Utter Relative Pitch Duo with Tom Rainey (drums)
2018 Contemporary Chaos Practices - Two Works for Orchestra and Soloists Intakt Quartet with Nate Wooley (trumpet), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Kris Davis (piano)
2019 Channels Intakt Trio with Stephan Crump (bass), Cory Smythe (piano)
2019 TISM RogueArt Quartet with Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Mark Feldman (violin), Tom Rainey (drums)
2019 Kasumi Intakt Duo with Aki Takase
2020 Stir Crazy - Duo with Tom Rainey (drums)
2020 Blood Moon Intakt Duo with Kris Davis
2020 Dreamt Twice, Twice Dreamt - Music For Chamber Orchestra And Small Ensemble Intakt

As sidewoman[edit]

Release year Leader Title Label
2013 Kris Davis Capricorn Climber Clean Feed
2013 Mary Halvorson Illusionary Sea Firehouse 12
2014 Max Johnson The Prisoner NoBusiness
2012 Living by Lanterns New Myth/Old Science Cuneiform
2010 Tom Rainey Pool School Clean Feed
2012 Tom Rainey Camino Cielo Echo Intakt
2014 Tom Rainey Obbligato Intakt
2015 Tom Rainey Hotel Grief Intakt
2017 Tom Rainey Float Upstream Intakt
2015 Nate Wooley Battle Pieces Relative Pitch
2015 Sara Serpa Close Up Clean Feed
2019 Tom Rainey Combobulated Intakt
2019 Robert Landfermann TOPAZ klaengrecords
2020 Scott Fields Seven Deserts New World Records


  1. ^ a b "Yanagisawa - Ingrid Laubrock". Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Ingrid Laubrock". Jazz em Agosto: Biographies. Gubelkian Mú July 26, 2011. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2017. Ingrid Laubrock, born in Germany, since 1989 lived in London, where in the nineties she asserted herself as a creative presence on the scene of contemporary London jazz before she recently moved to New York.
  3. ^ "Anti-House by Ingrid Laubrock". Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  4. ^ Tommasini, Anthony; Barone, Joshua; Fonseca-Wollheim, Corinna da; Allen, David; Walls, Seth Colter; Woolfe, Zachary (2018-12-13). "The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-08.

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