Laura Crema

Laura Crema imbues well-worn standards and eclectic originals with an uncanny combination of sensuality, originality and sheer musical prowess has dazzled listeners and audiences alike making her one of the most respected interpreters of song and rising stars within the Canadian jazz scene.

A native of Vancouver, vocalist Laura Crema possesses a lush, unique instrument with great depth and resonance; her influences are broad and diverse as she blends jazz with popular music and improvisation.

Already possessing degree in Fine & Performing Arts and Economics from Simon Fraser University, Laura continued her studies and vocal training with such musical luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Nancy King and Kurt Elling including extended voice classes with master teacher Richard Armstrong.

Not just a gifted vocalist, Laura is also an accomplished dancer, choreographer and interdisciplinary performer having received numerous awards and grants including an “Emergence” Canada Council Grant for her work in the interdisciplinary arts. She has performed and worked with RADIX Theatre, the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Touchstone Theatre, Olivia Thorvaldson, Grant Strate, Deborah Dunn, and Catherine Lee.

In keeping with the performing arts Laura has presented her own Choreography at “Dancing on the Edge”, “Women in View” and the “Single Solos Dance” Festivals; Laura has also worked with well known composers including, Jeff Corness, Peter Hannan, Ron Samworth, Cam Wilson and George McFetridge.

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“Crema makes low note glow like coals” (The Vancouver Sun)

“Vocalist Laura Crema is poised to take center-stage on the international jazz scene. Possessed of a powerful voice with great depth and resonance, she brings a warm and strongly emotive approach to classic torch songs.” (Flutenotes)

“Laura Crema’s sultry vocals pull you deep into the dark, smoky room of some 40’s speakeasy where torch songs spoke volumes from the heart...unadulterated musical silk, and not to be missed.” (CBC Radio)

“A lush, unique instrument, with an affinity for ballads, such as the CD’s stunning title track.” (Planet Jazz)

“Crema’s rich, vibrant voice held the audience spellbound with a set that ranged from Cole Porter to Elvis Costello” (CBC Radio’s Hotair)

“Crema is a true artist,…she knows when to hold the note like a longing memory and when to let it go like a painful betrayal.” (All About Jazz)

Discography

Spring Is Here

Spring Is Here

Maximum Jazz
2007

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Almost Blue

Almost Blue

Unknown label
2003

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