Laurence Mollerup

B. Music (UBC)

Instructor - Jazz Studies

A mainstay of the West Coast Music Scene, Laurence is active in a wide variety of fields, including Classical, Jazz, Latin, and World Music. He plays both Double Bass and Electric Bass.

Laurence has performed with many symphony orchestras and choirs, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, and Vancouver Opera, and his jazz credits include work with Herb Ellis, Louis Bellson, Alan Matheson and Bud Shank/Phil Woods, Charlie Byrd, NOW Orchestra, Asza, Christine Duncan, and his own jazz quartet. He can be heard on CBC radio and at jazz and folk festivals across the country. He's recorded two CDs with the Chilean band Sumalao, played with Sal Ferrares, Ache Brasil and the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Celso Machado, toured with Silk Road, and recorded a CD with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

Laurence's versatility has also involved him in theatre work including the musicals Sweeney Todd and Ain't Misbehavin' for the Arts Club, and Guys and Dolls and The Music Man at the Vancouver Playhouse theatre. Most weekends Laurence plays "casual" gigs with Sassabrass. He played on the soundtracks for the award-winning feature films Live Bait and A Place Called Chiapas. Laurence has performed at theVancouver Early Music Festival, and at Harbourfront in Toronto as part of Peter Hannan's "Hal Band" for the "999 Years of Music" project.

Laurence co-developed the Vancouver Bass Conference '99, 2000, and 2001, and the Comprivisation course (with Francois Houle, Ken Morrison and Benoit Delbecq ). In his spare time, Laurence enjoys making fine Bass Guitars.