Lauri Porra

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Lauri Porra
Porra at Wacken Open Air 2015
Porra at Wacken Open Air 2015
Background information
Born (1977-12-13) December 13, 1977 (age 43)
OriginHelsinki, Finland
GenresPower metal, contemporary classical, experimental, post-rock, Progressive rock, jazz fusion
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1997–present
Associated actsStratovarius, Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble, Sinergy, Warmen, Almah

Lauri Porra (born December 13, 1977) is a Finnish bass guitarist and a composer who has written scores for films and other media,[1] as well as commissions from orchestras such as the Lahti Symphony and the Finnish Radio Symphony. He is also known for his work as the bass guitarist in Stratovarius.[2] Porra is a fourth generation musician, and the great-grandson of famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.[3]

Early life[edit]

Porra 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). He has also taken lessons in piano, double bass, trumpet and male vocals. From 1997 to 1999 he was a member of the YL male choir,[4] performing for instance with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Career[edit]

Porra has released five instrumental solo albums, including Entropia (a collaboration with Lahti Symphony Orchestra), released in January 2018 on BIS-records.[5] He has also composed music for films and other media. His orchestral compositions have been performed by the Finnish Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and the New Bedford Symphony[6] His live projects include Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble,[7] which plays the music from his albums, and the Bach Reimagined project,[8] which performs music based on J.S. Bach's six cello suites arranged and recomposed for electric bass, cello and electronics. Porra has performed in over 50 countries, with performances ranging from The Proms[9] and Wacken Open Air to Pori Jazz. As a session musician he has played on over 50 records with styles ranging from heavy metal to contemporary classical, electronic, hip hop and pop albums.

In 2016 Porra received the Nordisk Popularauktors NPU-award[10] and was nominated for a HARPA Nordic film composer music award.[11]

Porra is artistic partner of the Vantaa Pops orchestra[12] and was artistic advisor of the Helsinki Festival (2015-2019).

Personal life[edit]

Porra is married to conductor Dalia Stasevska.[13]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Dust/With Flyover Ensemble[14] (2019)
  • Entropia/With Lahti Symphony (2018)
  • Flyover (2015)
  • All Children Have Superpowers (2008)
  • Lauri Porra (2005)

Orchestral works[edit]

  • Flyover Symphony for ensemble and orchestra (2019)
  • 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 & Distant for concert band (2017)
  • Kohta for orchestra and vocals (2016)
  • Entropia concerto for orchestra and electric bass (2015)

Stratovarius[edit]

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

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]

  • KXP: IV (2019)
  • JVG: Rata/Raitti (2019)
  • Mikko Hassinen: Elektro GT (2015)
  • 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. ^ "Lauri Porra". IMDb.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Stratovarius". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  3. ^ Stenger, Wif (January 2015). "Sisu, sauna, Sibelius and heavy metal, too". thisisFINLAND. Finland Promotion Board. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Ei mikä tahansa miesjoukko | Ylioppilaslehti". ylioppilaslehti.fi.
  5. ^ "BIS Records". bis.se.
  6. ^ "The Sibelius Connection: Electric Bass Guitar Meets Orchestra".
  7. ^ "Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble (FI) – Tampere Jazz Happening 2019".
  8. ^ "London Symphony Orchestra - Jonathan Roozeman & Lauri Porra: Baroque at the Edge". lso.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Prom 70: Tango Prom". BBC Music Events.
  10. ^ "Säveltäjä Lauri Porralle pohjoismaisten musiikintekijäjärjestöjen NPU-palkinto". August 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "IFMCA members participate in the 2016 Harpa Awards for Best Nordic Film Score". February 25, 2016.
  12. ^ http://viihdeorkesteri.fi/lauri-porrasta-vantaan-viihdeorkesterin-taiteellinen-partneri/
  13. ^ Imogen Tilden (2019-01-25). "Dalia Stasevska joins BBC Symphony Orchestra as principal guest conductor". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  14. ^ Wors, Andy (December 17, 2019). "'Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble' - 'Dust' (album)". nordicmusicreview.

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