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Biography

Laughing With The Raindrops is the result of long time collaboration between Alexander Keen, Gabriel Keen and Virginie Lacour-Puiboube. Influenced by Jazz and experimental music of all genres, the trio has led several ambitious projects together in the past, involving musicians of all horizons and musical backgrounds.

Laughing With The Raindrops is the 2.0 version of Virginie Lacour-Puiboube’s  songs. The project involves high-calibre working musicians. Alexander Keen and Gabriel Keen have contributed superb horn arrangements and have been involved in the production of the new album Laughing With The Raindrops, as well as British Jazz Star Derek Nash who is also the studio engineer and lead saxophone player/soloist on the album.

Laughing With The Raindrops features: Theo Travis, Paul Higgs, Derek Nash, Makeda Carbon, Chantelle Addow-Hamlin, Jane Parker, Gabriel Keen, Paul Taylor, Alexander Keen and more.

Various tracks from the album have been played on local or internet radio stations: K107 FM in Scotland, Wandsworth Radio in London, UK,  Jazz Bites Radio in Maine, USA,  and Hide Away and Any Joke are currently on rotation on Gravity Radio in Houston, Texas.

The band recently played London venues including Map Studio Cafe in Kentish Town- feat. Derek Nash and Toulouse Lautrec Brasserie in Kennington – feat. Theo Travis and Paul Higgs.

 

Background

Laughing With The Raindrops was founded by Virginie Lacour-Puiboube, Alexander Keen and Gabriel Keen.

The trio has worked together in the past composing for and leading Piano di Lavoro, a 14-piece experimental Jazz band, featuring a brass and a woodwind section, concentrating on playing a daring blend of original songs and instrumentals. The band played London Jazz venues such as The Bull’s Head, Barnes, the Bass Clef, Hoxton, The Prince of Orange, the Barbican Foyer etc.

A later project, Baton Rouge was a 7-piece band that played Virginie’s songs exclusively, performing in London venues.

However, Laughing With The Raindrops showcases Virginie’s songs at their best. Virginie’s music is said to be reminiscent of Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, or Earth Wind and Fire.

Fact Sheet

-Paris-born Virginie Lacour-Puiboube left France to start a band in London, UK.

-co-led 14- piece experimental Jazz band, Piano di Lavoro, led 7-piece band Baton Rouge, played guitar with all-girl band Just Desserts, Reggae band Samiam, and some covers bands.

-Now concentrates on writing for and performing with star-studded band Laughing With The Raindrops.

-Recently released new album LAUGHING WITH THE RAINDROPS

-Just launched new website

DISCOGRAPHY

Lyric Sheet

THAT ANGOLAN GUY

 

Back in Luanda (x3) Mora em Luanda

He dreamt of feeling really hip and cool

Walking the streets of the Free World

In all the magazines he’d read about the war

Then go out to buy the clothes he’d been longing for…

 

Plenty of girls across the dance floor

Red gloss and European scents

Relaxed and proud he’d let his shoulders glide

To the back beat of a Soul sect

The sun was hot then but the rain is heavy now

He’s losing focus, his hope is in decline

 

Tell me why that Angolan guy, he said: ‘No can’t see you no more’ Tell me why that Angolan guy, he turned into another one

Tell me why  that Angolan guy, he said: ‘No can’t see you no more’ Tell me why that Angolan guy

(that Angolan guy turned into another one)

He turned into another one

 

That Angolan guy said: ‘No can’t see you no more’

That Angolan guy…

 

Back in Luanda

Mora em Luanda

 

High on Brazilian beats and chewing gum

Nowhere to live, nowhere to go, no money, no one to love

He says it’s easier here than being at home

Where his daddy’s white and powers clash outside his door

 

Plenty of girls across the dance floor

Red gloss and European scents

Relaxed and proud he’d let his shoulders glide

To the back beat of a Soul sect

The sun was hot then but the rain is heavy now

He’s losing focus, his hope is in decline

 

Tell me why that Angolan guy, he said: ‘No can’t see you no more’ Tell me why that Angolan guy, he turned into another one

[repeat]

No one knows why that Angolan guy (that Angolan guy),

He said: ‘No can’t see you no more’

No one knows why  that Angolan guy

He turned into another one

[repeat]

That Angolan guy said: ‘No can’t see you no more’

Turned into another one

That Angolan Guy.

                                                                     ©Virginie Lacour-Puiboube 2016

 

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Elle qui définit son univers musical comme un « quiet storm », avoue qu’il y a de bien nombreux musiciens qui ont influencé sa musique, de Stevie Wonder, à Steely Dan, en passant par des artistes français, comme Claude Nougaro ou encore Véronique Sanson.

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