5th November 2022 - 7:00 pm
The Deaf Institute

Laufey (pronounced lāy-vāy) is a Los Angeles-based singer, composer, producer, and

multi-instrumentalist whose transportative jazz songs about young love and self-discovery are

filled with wonder and wanderlust. Raised between Reykjavík and Washington D.C. with annual

visits to Beijing, the Icelandic Chinese artist grew up playing cello and piano, inspired by her

violinist mother, and became hooked on the jazz standards of Ella Fitzgerald after digging

through her father’s records. The 23-year-old musician merges these influences in her dreamy

tunes, swiftly attracting a Gen-Z audience online after releasing her debut 2020 single “Street by

Street” written while she was attending the Berklee College of Music.

The song reached the top of the Icelandic radio charts and caught the eyes of contemporaries

like Billie Eilish, Willow Smith, V of BTS, and dodie, who collaborated with Laufey on “Love to

Keep Me Warm.” Laufey’s ascent has also included winning Best New Artist in Jazz and Blues

at the 2021 Icelandic Music Awards, hosting her own show on BBC Radio 3/BBC Sounds

“Happy Harmonies,, and opening the year making her live TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Much like how Chet Baker’s vocal style is often compared to his understated trumpet voicing,

Laufey’s rich alto resembles the deep, woody tones of the cello that she played from an early

age. She only began writing her own songs in her early 20s, translating her love for Gershwin

and Ravel into contemporary jazz that breaks down the barriers between pop and “high-brow”

genres, connecting listeners across generations. With the coming release of her new album and

set appearances at Newport Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival later this year, Laufey’s

rise shows no signs of stopping.


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