Lauri Porra

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Lauri Porra
Stratovarius (PK) – Wacken Open Air 2015 07.jpg
Porra at Wacken Open Air 2015
Background information
Born (1977-12-13) December 13, 1977 (age 41)
OriginHelsinki, Finland
GenresNeoclassical metal, power metal, progressive metal, avant-garde jazz, jazz fusion, post-rock, classical music Progressive rock
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1997–present
Associated actsSinergy, Stratovarius, Almah

Lauri Porra (born December 13, 1977) is a Finnish bassist and composer, also known for his work in Stratovarius[1]. Lauri Porra is a fourth generation musician, and the great-grandson of famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.[2] He started to study music at age 6 when he started to play cello in a local music school. In 1993 he switched to bass guitar and continued his studies in the Helsinki Pop Jazz Conservatory (1994–2004). Additionally he has taken lessons on piano, double bass, trumpet and male vocals. During 1997-1999 he sang with the renowned YL male choir performing for instance with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has released four instrumental solo albums with the latest, ‘Entropia’ (a collaboration with Lahti Symphony Orchestra), released in January 2018 on BIS-records. He has also composed music to movies, tv and media. In 2016 Lauri received Nordisk Popularauktors NPU-award[3] and was nominated for HARPA Nordic film composer music award [4]. Lauri´s own band Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble has performed Lauri´s music on tours and various festivals. Lauri´s orchestral music has been performed by Finnish Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra and many others. Lauri is artistic partner of Vantaa Pops orchestra[5] and artistic advisor of the Helsinki Festival.


Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Entropia/With Lahti Symphony (2018)
  • Flyover (2015)
  • All Children Have Superpowers (2008)
  • Lauri Porra (2005)

Orchestral works[edit]

  • Memento for electric bass and orchestra (2019)
  • Aineen ja ajan messu for orchestra, ensemble and two soloists (2017)
  • Domino suite for orchestra and soloist(s) (2017)
  • Near & Distand for concert band (2017)
  • Kohta for orchestra and vocals (2016)
  • Entropia concerto for orchestra and electric bass (2015)

Stratovarius[edit]

  • 2009 Polaris
  • 2010 Polaris Live
  • 2011 Elysium
  • 2012 Under Flaming Winter Skies: Live in Tampere
  • 2013 Nemesis
  • 2014 Nemesis Days
  • 2015 Eternal
  • 2016 Best Of
  • 2018 Enigma: Intermission II

Film scores[edit]

  • Heavy Trip (2018)
  • Lapland odyssey (2017)
  • Look of a killer (2016)
  • Nuotin vierestä (2016)
  • Hijack gone south (2013)
  • Ratking (2012)
  • Walker (2012)
  • Life for sale (2011)
  • V2: Dead angel (2007)

TV-series[edit]

  • Elämää suurempaa (2012)
  • Tappajan näköinen mies (2011)
  • Underworld trilogy (2011)
  • Married to a lie (2008)

Selected discography[edit]

  • Sini Sabotage: 22 m2 (2013)
  • Stig: Niks ja Naks (2012)
  • Stratovarius: Nemesis (2013)
  • Crazy World: The return of the clown (2012)
  • Stig: Puumaa mä metsästän (2012)
  • Emma Salokoski: Valoa pimeään (2012)
  • Tuomas Wäinölä: Human being (2012)
  • Kalle Ahola: Pääkallolipuna alla (2011)
  • Asa: Asamasa (2011)
  • Freeman 4 (2011)
  • Uusi Fantasia: Heimo (2010)
  • Apocalyptica: Seventh Symphony (2010)
  • Emma Salokoski Ensemble: Veden Alla (2008)
  • Manna: Sister (2007)
  • Guitar Heroes (2007)
  • Kotipelto: Serenity (2007)
  • Edu Falaschi: Almah (2006)
  • Jonna ́s Problem: S/t (2006)
  • Raskaampaa Joulua (2006)
  • Torpedo: Tietä ja vähän bensaa (2005)
  • Warmen: Accept the fact (2005)
  • Ben Granfelt: Live experience (2005)
  • Crazy world: Crazy world (2005)
  • Kriya: Kriya (2005)
  • Raskasta Joulua (2004)
  • Emma Salokoski Ensemble: Kaksi mannerta (2005)
  • Juice Leskinen & Mikko Alatalo: Senaattori ja Boheemi (2004)
  • Peter Lerche: Peshawar diary (2004)
  • Esa Kotilainen: Turpeisen Baari (2003)
  • Emma Salokoski Trio: Puutarhassa (2003)
  • Tunnelvision: Tomorrow (2002)
  • Warmen: Beyond abilities (2001)
  • Ben Granfelt: All I Want To Be (2001)
  • Warmen: unknown Soldier (2000)
  • Tunnelvision: While the world awaits (1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Stratovarius". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  2. ^ Stenger, Wif (January 2015). "Sisu, sauna, Sibelius and heavy metal, too". thisisFINLAND. Finland Promotion Board. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ https://musiikintekijat.fi/ajankohtaista/uutiset/saveltaja-lauri-porralle-pohjoismaisten-musiikintekijajarjestojen-npu-palkinto/
  4. ^ http://filmmusiccritics.org/2016/02/ifmca-members-participate-in-the-2016-harpa-awards-for-best-nordic-film-score/
  5. ^ http://viihdeorkesteri.fi/lauri-porrasta-vantaan-viihdeorkesterin-taiteellinen-partneri/

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