Laurent © Sylvain Gripoix

Laurent de Wilde is a musician and a writer. Born in Washington DC in 1960, he moved back to France in 1964 and made his studies in Paris at the Ecole Normale Superieure.

He then moves to New York, where he learns to become a jazz pianist, and stays there for eight intense years. He gradually becomes a professional musician by the end of the 80's and records with such talents as Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart.

Back in Paris in 1991, Laurent pursues his musical career and is awarded in 1993 the Django Reinhardt Price and the Victoires du Jazz in 1997. During that period, he publishes with Gallimard "Monk" a Thelonious Monk biography that meets great success. In the years 2000, he devotes himself to electronic music, a genre in which he will record six albums.

Then starts a period when Laurent follows very various and intense projects: the extension of his acoustic jazz
trio (“Over The Clouds” album of the year with TSF Jazz Radio), electronic music (“Fly”, “Superfly!”), in depth
collaborations with artists such as slammer Abd-Al-Malik or actor Jacques Gamblin (Prix Constantin, Victoires), or TV documentaries for Arte TV (Monk, Mingus).

Laurent recorded in 2016 “Riddles” a two pianos album with African legend Ray Lema. Laurent is also an occasional speaker for conferences on jazz and electronic music. He released in spring 2016 a book with Grasset publisher which attracted raving reviews, Les Fous du Son, a saga on keyboard inventors through last century.

The renowned pianist and composer Thelonious Monk turns 100 in 2017. For this occasion, Laurent de Wilde is dedicating his new album “New Monk Trio” released in October 2017 to the brilliant musician. Monk’s compositions have been rearranged for a high profile acoustic trio - Jérôme Regard on double bass, Donald Kontomanou on drums and Laurent de Wilde on piano. The three of them are showcasing an awesome and contemporary vision of Monk’s art, proving again that his modernity pushes the boundaries of time and space.

Laurent de Wilde // english version


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