Lauri Porra

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Lauri Porra
Lauri Porra - Ilosaarirock 2009 1.jpg
Lauri Porra performing at the Ilosaarirock 2009 festival
Background information
Born (1977-12-13) December 13, 1977 (age 39)
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Genres Neo-classical metal, power metal, progressive metal, avant-garde jazz, jazz fusion, post-rock
Instruments Bass
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Sinergy, Stratovarius, Almah

Lauri Porra (born December 13, 1977) is a Finnish bassist and composer, best known for his work in Stratovarius[1] and Sinergy. 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 three instrumental solo albums. He has also composed music to numerous movies, tv-series and commercial spots. Lauri´s Entropia concerto for electric bass and orchestra was premiered by Lauri Porra and Lahti Symphony orchestra in 2015. In 2016 Lauri was nominated for HARPA nordic film composer music award. Lauri won the VOITTO-prize for the best advertisement music of the year in 2016 for his music in Visit Finland´s Polar Night Magic spot.

In Portuguese, "Porra" is a pejorative slang for sperm. The fact made Timo Kotipelto introduce him as "Mr. Porra" in Stratovarius concerts in Brazil. Lauri is known during his bass solos with Stratovarius to often play the local national anthems of the countries they are visiting.

Discography[edit]

Stratovarius[edit]

  • 2009 Polaris
  • 2010 Polaris Live
  • 2011 Elysium
  • 2012 Under Flaming Winter Skies: Live in Tampere
  • 2013 Nemesis
  • 2014 Nemesis Days
  • 2014 Elements Pt 1 & 2
  • 2015 Eternal

Solo albums[edit]

  • Lauri Porra (2005)
  • All Children Have Superpowers (2008)
  • Flyover (2015)

Film scores[edit]

  • 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. 

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