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Bio

Lau Nau, aka Laura Naukkarinen, is one of the more interesting names in the Finnish contemporary music scene. A composer, music producer and performer whose music is imbued with a cinematic breadth of vision and idiosyncratic, finely honed sound world.

Lau Nau works using both acoustic and electronic instruments, from traditional instruments and singing voice to analogue synthesisers and field recordings. While her songs are luminous, melancholic pieces of experimental chamber folk music, her scores for films and sound installations are experimental studies of sound.

Lau Nau’s first solo albums were released in the US (Locust Music 2005 & 2008), winning acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and The Wire. To date Lau Nau has released seven albums in Europe, USA and Japan, garnering prize nominations like Teosto-, Emma-, Jussi- and Femma prizes. Nowadays she is well known for her music to films, silent films, theatre, dance, multi channel sound installations and lectures about composing.

Besides of Lau Nau, Laura Naukkarinen plays also in an improvisational group Kiri Ra! and in duo with Matti Bye. She has been playing in various improv bands as IAX, Maailma, Hertta Lussu Ässä, Kiila, Avarus, the Anaksimandros, Päivänsäde, Kemialliset Ystävät, Chamellows and others.

 

Selected albums:

Lau Nau: Själö – Island of Souls. Original soundtrack with sound environments by Janne Laine (Fonal Records 2020)
Lau Nau & Matti Bye – Signals (Time Release Sound & Galloping Waves 2020)
Lau Nau: Land Without God, Original score (Fonal Records 2019)
Lau Nau: Amphipoda, EP (Long Form Editions, Australia 2019)
Lau Nau: Poseidon, LP, CD, digital (Fonal records, Finland; Beacon Sound, USA; Inpartmaint, Japan 2017)
Dire Wolves: Oceans of Green, LP, digital (Feeding Tube, USA 2017)
Dire Wolves: Excursions in Cloudland, LP, digital (Beyond Beyond is Beyond, USA 2017)
Lau Nau: Hem. Någonstans, Original score for Lotta Petronella’s film, CD & Digital (Fonal  records 2015)
Maailma: Speculum LP, CD & Digital (Rotor 2014, Sweden)
Lau Nau: Valohiukkanen CD & LP & Digital (Fonal 2012, Finland)
Hertta Lussu Ässä: s/t LP & Digital (DeStilj 2011, USA)
Lau Nau & Kuupuu: Live at WNYC Ep, Digital (2010, USA)
Lau Nau: Nukkuu CD & LP & Digital & MC (Locust, Fonal & Yatzilewka USA/Finland/Russia, 2008)
Maailma: s/t, LP (Tjärnen 2008, Sweden)
Lau Nau: Kuutarha, CD & LP & Digital (Locust 2005, USA)
Päivänsäde: Puhalluspelto, LP (Eclipse 2004, USA)
Päivänsäde, Tamminauhat/Tulipesä-Tapes, CD-R (Whistle Along 2004, Belgium)
Päivänsäde, 2xMC (POK 2004, Finland)Kiila: Silmät Sulkaset, CD (Fonal & K-raak3 2004, Finland/Belgium)

 

Selected original scores for films

Själö – Island of Souls, dir. Lotta Petronella, Made films 2020.
Unelma työstä, dir. Sari Möttönen & Jaana Semeri, YLE 2020.
Aurora,
 dir. Miia Tervo, full length feature film, Dionysos films 2019.
Land Without God
, dir. Maedhbh McMahon, Gerard Mannix Flynn & Lotta Petronella, full length documentary, Far Cry Productions 2019.
Oh! The Night, animated large scale site projection in the city centre of Hull by Imitating the Dog / Simon Wainwright 2018.
Carin Pehrsdotter, dir. Lotta Petronella, short film 2018.
Joitain tapoja hävittää ruumis, dir. Ria Bäckström & Hannes Renvall, short film 2017.
Silmiesi tähden dir. Anna-Mari Nousiainen, short film 2017.
HOME. Somewhere, dir. Lotta Petronella, full length documentary, Fisher King 2015.
Silmäterä, dir. Jan Forsström, full feature film, Making movies 2013

 

Selected live scores for silent films

Ingeborg Holm (Victor Sjöström) with Matti Bye, Oslo Stumfilmfestival 2018, TIFF 2019.Häxan (Benjamin Christensen) with Matti Bye, Matti Bye Ensemble and Bye/Fredriksson/Kosminen/Naukkarinen.
Nanook of the North, Festival Norpas 2018.
Körkarlen (Victor Sjöström) with Topias Tiheäsalo, Kinokoplan Taiteiden yö Turku 2018.
Die Suffragette (Urban Glad) with Topias Tiheäsalo, Loud Silents 2018.
Five short Finnish silent films from years 1918-1933, new recorded scores for the restored digital copy, concert Orion 2017, Kino Iglu, KannuKino, Suomalaisen Elokuvan Festivaali, Virtain elokuvapirtti, Ilokuvafestivaali, Blue Sea Film Festival, Red Carpet film festival, Vuotalo, Stoa, Kino K-13, 2018.
Berg-Ejving och hans hustru (Victor Sjöström) with Matti Bye, Austrian Film museum 2018.
Herr Arnes Pengar (Mauritz Stiller) with Matti Bye, Cinemateket Stockholm 2017, Festival d’Aneres 2019, San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2019.
Terje Vigen (Victor Sjöström) with Matti Bye, Best of Norden festival, Nordiska muséet Stockholm 2017, San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2017 ja Blue Sea Film festival Rauma 2015.
Suomen puu- ja paperiteollisuus
(Aho&Soldan 1930) with Niko Karlsson, Suomalaisen 
elokuvan festivaali 2017.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
(Lotte Reiniger 1926) with Bye/Fredriksson/Kosminen/Naukkarinen, WHS Teatteri Unioni and Festival Norpas 2016.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene 1920), Turun taiteiden yö and Cinemadrome festivaali, Tampere 2015, Oulun kulttuurikeskus Valve 2019.
La chute de la maison Usher (Jean Epstein 1928), Cinemare, Rokumentti and Cinemadrome festival, 2014 and WHS Teatteri Union, 2015.
Anna-Liisa (Puro & Snellman 1922), Loud Silents festival, Reikäreuna festival and Vilimit festival, Finland 2014.
Finnish psych (live projections), Anthology Film Archive, New York, USA 2006.
With Matti Bye Ensemble: HäxanGösta Berlings Saga, La Passion de Joan d’Arc, Earth, Battleship Potemkin, L’Inferno, L’Heureux Mort, A collection of Silent Avant Garde films.

 

Sync music

Prejudice and Pride dir. Eva Beling 2019.
”Panama” dir. Pavel Vuckovic (Cannes official selection) 2015.
”Diamonds on Vinyl” dir. J.R.Hughto 2013.
”Underbelly”, Australian prime time TV series, episode 2.04 2009.

 

Selected scores for theatre and dance

Phantom Limb, dir. Ville Walo, WHS Teatteri Union 2020.Oh! The Night, Imitating the Dog, UK 2018.
BIRD, Pichetklunchun dance company, Thailand 2018.
Kohtaamisia, Nurinpäin-kollektiivi 2018.
Tähkäpää dir. Alma Rajala, TEHDAS Teatteri, 2016.
Mustavalkoista, Nurinpäin-kollektiivi 2016.
Nurinpäin, dir. Pauliina Vesslin & Sarika Lipasti, 2014.
Unicornis, dir. Alma Rajala, Turun kaupunginteatteri 2013.
Balladen om Sejtes skatt, dir. Marika Parkkomäki, Bruksteatern 2013.

 

Sound installations:

Sound cleaner, Turun taiteilijaseuran 75-v juhlanäyttely, Aboa Vetus Ars Nova, Turku 2019.
The Edge of Dwelling, 3 channel sound-installation for Sara Jimenez exhibition, Wave Hill gallery, Bronx New York 2019.
Wild/Captive, 8-channel live sound installation, BlankForms, New York 2018.
Sjömannaröster, 4-channel installation with Juha Ruusuvuori, Taalintehtaan Ruukinmuseo Finland 2018.
Island Audio
, with Lisa Roberts, virtual sound map, 2018.
Pehmo, with Jenni Rope, Annantalo Helsinki 2018.
Ole hyvä ja istu
, with Andréa Vannucchi & Jussi Mattila, Pimeän peitto, Perniö 2016.
Hyljeksityt with Tuula Nikulainen (sculpture) & Andrea Vannucchi (lights), Jungfruskär 2014, Pimeän peitto, Perniö 2013.
Memento Illusia, with Aino Toivettula (graphics) & Sara Ilveskorpi (sculpture), Brinkkalan galleria, Turku 2012, Salon taidemuseo Veturitalli 2013 and Pimeän peitto, Perniö 2013.
Visuaalinen partituuri, Saaren kartano 2012.Raudan Äänet, Matildan ruukki, 2011.
Zoo No. 1., music for Daido Moriyama exhibition, Japan 2009.

 

Collaborations and appearances:

Enrico Coniglio & Matteo Uggeri: Open to the Sea (DRONARIVM 2017)
AGF & Various: Kuuntele! CD & Digital (AGF Producktion 2013, Finland)
Joshua Burkett: Xavier’s birds 7″ (Time-Lag Records 2013, USA)
Kuupuu: Sisar LP (EM Records 2013, Japan)
Matti Bye: Drömt CD (Rotor 2009, Sweden)
QBICO V UNITE – Lauhkeat Lampaat with Kuupuu & Lau Nau, LP (QBICO 2007, Italy)
Kemialliset Ystävät:  CD & LP & Digital (Fonal 2007, Finland)
Lauhkeat Lampaat: The most pöllö LP (QBICO 2006, Italy)
Es: Sateenkaarisuudelma LP (K-raak3 2005, Begium)
Lauhkeat Lampaat: Mystery of Hyyry, MC (POK 2005, Finland)
Maniacs Dream: Die Learn No Way, LP (HP Cycle 2005)
Kemialliset Ystävät: NUUHA NI HAKA (Jewelled Antler Library 2004, USA)
Maniacs Dream, split 7″ w/ Munuaissymposium 1960 (Lal Lal Lal 2004)
Avarus: Jänis vaahteran hännänkieliset seikkailut, 7″, (Audiobot 2004 [Belgia])
Master QSH, MC (Lal Lal Lal 2003)
The Anaksimandros: Camels Running through Life, MC (Lal Lal Lal, 2000)
Kemialliset Ystävät, split LP w/Echo is your love (If Society 1999)
Kemialliset Ystävät, CD-R (Huutomerkki 1998)

 

Prizes and nominations:

2018 Femma prize, main category.
2018 Nomination for Emma prize, critic’s choice category.
2014 Kemiönsaaren lähettiläs prize.
2014 Nomination for Jussi prize, category best original music for a film.
2013 Nomination for Teosto prize for the compositions on the album “Valohiukkanen”.
2013 Nomination for Emma and Femma prizes.
2010 Kemiönsaaren kulttuuripalkinto prize.