Laurie Z.® (BMI) received a total of 15 Grammy Nomination considerations for her recordings which combine classical, jazz, new age and ambient influences.
Classically trained from the age of 4, and composing since the age of sixteen, Laurie’s education and experience went well beyond the boundaries of classical music. Her ability to gracefully mix classical, modern jazz and contemporary instrumental styles has been called “absolutely amazing” by prominent music critics and fans alike. With influences as diverse as Mozart, Beethoven, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, the Beatles, Moody Blues and Alan Parsons, Laurie gave unforgettable performances and created memorable melodies.
Laurie's music has been heard over the airwaves on hundreds of radio stations around the world. Well-known for her masterful in-concert improvisational compositions, Laurie's concerts were frequently mentioned as a “Top Pick” in the Los Angeles Times. She opened for top instrumentalists like Herbie Hancock, Leo Kottke and Tim Wesiburg. Children and adults alike happily gathered around Disneyland’s stage at Tomorrowland to enjoy Laurie when she performed with the group “Voyager.” Many enjoyed listening to Laurie perform at Nordstrom stores, and her concerts with her “Z” band around the South Bay, and at Borders Bookstores nationwide were always well attended. Laurie also played organ for the Mighty Ducks inaugural games and will always be fondly remembered by many as “The Peterbilt Girl,” performing nationally for more than a decade for Peterbilt Motors Company. Laurie played national tours for Alesis and Yamaha and represented Roland and Kawai products. Dolby Labs confirmed the audiophile quality of her recordings by licensing their use and shipping them along with the Dolby Surround Sound unit used by movie theatres and studios nationwide. Laurie was featured in Keyboard magazine’s “Independent Success Stories” and her own seminars, designed to unselfishly help other Independents, were always to standing room only crowds.
Laurie Z. "Trivia": Laurie Z. was one of the first female musicians to familiarize herself with MIDI. She recorded for Malcolm Cecil - inventor of the unique TONTO synthesizer. Back in the 80’s, Cecil had a company, "Electronic Music Publishing House." EMPH, Inc. released the very first MIDI recording and playback software (MIDIPLAY) for the now obsolete Atari 1040 computer. Laurie (along with the late Nicky Hopkins) recorded MIDI versions of songs which were sold as "Musidiscs." Only three Musidiscs were ever released - Beatles songs, Christmas music and Grammy winning songs from 1986. And Laurie recorded on all of them.