Laura Escudé is a critically-acclaimed music technologist, violinist, composer, sound designer and educator. She specializes in the software program Ableton Live and became one of the first Ableton Certified Trainers in 2008. In 2009 she worked with Cirque du Soleil on their production “Viva Elvis” as an Ableto… Read More
Laura Escudé is a critically-acclaimed music technologist, violinist, composer, sound designer and educator. She specializes in the software program Ableton Live and became one of the first Ableton Certified Trainers in 2008. In 2009 she worked with Cirque du Soleil on their production “Viva Elvis” as an Ableton programmer, toured Europe with acclaimed world music band Niyaz, was a tour consultant for Kayne West and recorded violin on EastWest’s Quantum Leap Silk sound library with MESTO.
Laura is the “Ableton Live authority” in Los Angeles. She was L.A.’s first Certified Ableton Trainer and conducts the West Coast certification events for Ableton. She is also the Director of L.A.’s highly successful Ableton User Group, which she launched in 2007. As an Ableton consultant and former West Coast Product Specialist, she has keynoted presentations at numerous industry events, including NAMM and Remix Hotel. In 2009 she launched the Ableton Live Master Class series, presented by her new media collective Electronic Creatives and in conjunction with other Ableton Certified Trainers around the globe.
Laura attended Vanderbilt University and Florida State University, earning a B.A. in Music (Violin Performance) with an emphasis in Commercial Music and Business. She also attended the Film Scoring program at UCLA Extension. Classically trained in violin since the age of six, Escudé often performs with bands and ensembles, including Niyaz, Trace Element, Santa Monica Symphony, Torrance Symphony, Multi-Ethnic Star Orchestra (MESTO), Tampa Bay Symphony, Pensacola Symphony and the Observatory Orchestra.
Laura has recorded for composers, including Carmen Rizzo and Eric Whitacre, as well as for artists, including Sage Francis, Solillaquists of Sound and PlatEAU. She has created sound design for the films Lovewrecked and Red is the Color of, and has recorded violin for films, including Michael Apted’s documentary The Power of the Game, HBO’s The Song Story, Kissing Cousins and Welcome Home.
Greatly involved in the Musical Instruments Industry, Laura worked for M-Audio and Ableton from 2005-2008 and then formed her own consulting company EvoTech Audio, representing and working with companies such as Ableton, FXpansion, Rob Papen, Waldorf, Redmatica, Celemony, Moog Music, Muse Research, X-Tempo Designs, Namba Gear and Toontrack.
As an educator, Laura has taught at the International Academy of Design and Technology, The Art Institute-Los Angeles, and the California Design College. She frequently accepts invitations to lecture and give presentations on music and technology at such schools as the Ex’pression Center for the Arts, CalTech, UCLA, USC, Santa Monica College, the SAE Institute and the Musician’s Institute. She is the author of several video tutorials, including Streamworks Audio’s “Complete Reason 4,” How Audio’s “Performing With Ableton Live” and “Introduction to Melodyne”.
Laura performs her solo work regularly at trendsetting Los Angeles venues, including Create:Fixate and has performed original works at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Architecture + Design Museum, as well as radio stations KXLU and KUCI. She has opened for artists including Funkstorung and Robert Rich and has performed on KCRW’s flagship program, Morning Becomes Eclectic.
A Renaissance artist for the New Age, Laura’s mastery of cutting edge musical technologies and experimental techniques, complemented with her classical training and experience performing in symphony orchestras, sets her apart in a class of her own. Her solo project encompasses a myriad of genres, utilizing live electronics, synthesis, found sounds, samples and violin affected by hardware and software. Laura’s musical virtuosity is the driving force powering her unique experimental cinematic-accented violin compositions, as well as her desire to connect and work with artists around the globe. Read Less