Laura Guarch is a Catalan singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance maker based in the UK. In the last few years, she worked as a composer for contemporary, site-specific performance and immersive theatre in London as well as a professional vocalist and devising singer with vocal ensembles and high end choirs like ACM Gospel Choir and London Contemporary Voices.
In 2020 she launched her project as a solo artist in the recorded music industry, with the releases of her self-produced debut singles Fleeting Light and Nàufrags.
Both Fleeting Light and Nàufrags got press attention both in the UK and Spain. Impressive reviews by Hype Machine music blogs and radio play in both countries, interviews in radio and TV. Guarch presented her new project as a solo artist with a 60min live music show of new original music performed in Amposta (Spain) in December 2020, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Chris Murphy. She is now working towards the release of her debut album in autumn of 2021 with Catalan label Microscopi.
Laura Guarch has eclectic influences: the soulfulness and power of Nina Simone, the quirkiness and other-wordly imagination of Björk, the delicate beauty and nostalgia of Bon Iver. She also is inspired by the powerful yet intricate vocals of Aurora, Agnes Obel and Florence + The Machine.
As a musician and performance maker, Guarch uses singing voice and its relationship to nature, communities and places to create powerful compositions and participatory performances. She often works through Convex, an artist collaboration she co-founded in 2018 with Sarah Le Quang Sang to give threatened environments a voice through participatory, site-specific performance.
She is currently researching creative links between nature and music, regaining interest in field recording of vulnerable habitats and inspired by the vocals of Juliana Barwick.
Guarch’s practice has grown in the last three years with two commissions by Spitalfields Music as a devising creative singer on Freya Wynn-Jones’s MotherDaughter (2018) project, and as a composer of Inner Circle (2019), an immersive outdoor sonic performance based on workshops with multi-generational groups in Arnold Circus. For Inner Circle, she was mentored by sound artist and Portico Quartet’s performer Keir Vine.
She presented twice at Totally Thames with Float (2018), a participatory audio walk in the Woolwich Foot Tunnel and Thalweg (2019), an outdoor singing promenade exploring river rights based on engagement workshops with Indian, Colombian and Maori communities supported by the Mayor of London Culture Seeds Programme.
Other key works Laura Guarch devised, composed the music for and performed in as a singer include Defence to Forbid (2018) an immersive promenade oratorio about the privatisation of public space and Capses (2018) a political sonic installation about police brutality for Inund’art Festival (Girona, Spain). In 2019, she was commissioned by Plutonyka theatre company to compose and perform a vocal-based piece for the project Masaya-Empowering Women.
Prior to her more recent work, Laura Guarch studied classical piano and clarinet in Conservatoire, appeared in an acclaimed TV choir contest in Spain, and toured her a cappella solo project Street Vocals with a loop station all around Europe, including street music festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, UK, Czech Republic and Montenegro.