Laurence Mollerup

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Laurence Mollerup
bass, jazz fusion ensemble

A mainstay of the West Coast music scene, Laurence is active in a wide variety of fields, including classical, jazz, Latin and world music. Laurence has performed with many symphony orchestras and choirs, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Abbotsford Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, Okanagan Symphony, and Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

His jazz credits include work with Herb Ellis, Louis Bellson, John Korsrud's Hard Rubber Orchestra/Kokoro Dance, Charlie Byrd, Rob MacKenzie's Bone Band, NOW Orchestra, Alan Matheson big band and trio, Vancouver New Music, Asza, Christine Duncan, and his own jazz quartet.

He can be heard on CBC Radio, and at jazz and folk festivals across the country. Laurence recorded 2 CDs with the Chilean band Sumalao, played with Sal Ferreras 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 the musicals "Sweeney Todd" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" for the Arts Club; and "Guys and Dolls", "The Music Man", "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Hello Dolly" at the Vancouver Playhouse theatre.

Most weekends Laurence plays "casual" gigs with Sassabrass Dance band. He played on the soundtracks for the award winning feature films "Emile", "Live Bait", and "A Place Called Chiapas". Laurence has performed at the Vancouver Early Music Festival and at Harbourfront in Toronto as part of Peter Hannan's "Hal Band" for the "999 Years of Music" project. While teaching at VCC, he also co-developed the Vancouver Bass Conference and the Comprivisation course (with Francois Houle, Ken Morrison and Benoit Delbecq). At VCC, Laurence also directs the "Short Fuse" ensemble which specializes in Jazz Fusion repertoire.

In his spare time, Laurence enjoys making fine bass guitars.


Basic Technique

Playing Chords on the Bass


Double Bass Basics


Improv for Bass Players


Improv for Bass Players II


Short Fuse