Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Filipe, Laurent (Waegeli)
Filipe, Laurent (Waegeli), trumpeter, composer, producer, educator; b. Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1962. His father, Jose Sinde Filipe (b 1937 in Portugal), was a renowned actor. His Swiss mother, Franssoise Filipe (b 1940 in Geneva), was also an actor.Laurent returned to Europe, Spain, as an infant and followed his parents as their acting and family obligations moved them between Spain, Switzerland and Portugal with his younger brothers Raphael (b 1965) and Daniel (b 1972). The family settled in Portugal before the April 1974 Revolution. Both his parents are amateur piano players with a fairly complete taste for music and a good record collection.
He went to the USA at age eighteen to study music. Graduated in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Kansas (U.S.A.) in 1985 and received a post-graduate diploma in Film-scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston (U.S.A.) in 1987. As a recipient of a Bettenfeld Scholarship he graduated in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Kansas (U.S.A.) in 1985, moved to Boston and received a post-graduate diploma in Film-scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston (U.S.A.) in 1987. He studied trumpet under professors Dr. Roger Stoner and Greg Hopkins, and attended seminars with Wynton Marsalis.
Laurent began playing and recording professionally at age fifteen in Lisbon , Portugal, completed the French High School Bachelor Diploma in Philosophy and Literature in 1981. Since 1982 he performed as a leader of his own group and as a sideman in different clubs and festivals in the U.S, Europe, Asia and Africa.He has played and recorded sessions with musicians such as Jimmy Mosher, Aldo Romano, Tete Montoliu, Maceo Parker and the legendary drummer Walter Perkins.
Received the "Art Farmer Performance Award" (U.S.A. 1984), as well as "Best Soloist 1990" award at the International Jazz Festival of Guetxo (Spain), where his group was also awarded the "Best Group Award". He was also awarded the "Best Jazz Musician of the Year 1996, Award" from the National Portuguese Radio (RDP). He has been nominated for the Down Beat category of International Musician "Deserving Wider Recognition." In 1989, he was invited to teach at the "Taller de Musics" school in Barcelona , Spain as well as the "Escola de Musica Creativa Avino" also in Barcelona. He was an active collaborator, both as composer and instrumentalist in the "Cultural Olympiad of Barcelona '92", "Madrid Cultural Capital", "Lisbon Cultural Capital '94", "World Expo '98" and "Porto 2001 Cultural Capital."
Is the author of an extensive repertoire in the fields of traditional and contemporary music, for which he has been commissioned to write for groups such as the Opus Ensemble" and "Seixal Chamber Group", as well as Jazz and Afro-Cuban music. He has also written the soundtrack to the feature film "Porto Santo", the multi-media show he created for Expo '98 "Quadrophenia of Time", the operetta "Sebastian the king-child", the large scale production "Augaciar; a trip to the end of our Millennium" and the musical"Women in Power". His music is published by "Lx International Music Publishers".
Since he began his professional career, dozens of articles have been written and published about him in newspapers and magazines in Portugal and abroad. The Romanian author and member of the Down Beat Jazz Critics Poll Virgil Mihaiu wrote extensively on Laurent and his activity in the recently published study "Jazz Connections in Portugal (Fundatia Alfa Publishing House 2001). Laurent has written many articles on jazz education including a publication in "Jazz Paper" (Cotovia publishers 1997). As a business entrepreneur Laurent created and founded in 1996 one of Lisbon's most successful night clubs "The Speakeasy".
Since his return to Portugal in 1992 Laurent has worked as a producer both for the performing and recording areas. Currently residing in Lisbon, Portugal, Laurent works with the following groups, of which he is the author: "Duo Iberia" (with Spanish pianist Pedro Sarmiento), "Trio Tribute to Chet Baker", " L.F. Quintet", "Mingus and More, L. Filipe Sextet", " Laurent Filipe Presents 100 Years of Gershwin", "Tribute to Louis Armstrong" and the multinational collaboration "Nino Rota Jazz Project".
Laurent maintains a regular activity as composer, producer, lecturer, arranger and instrumentalist in Portugal and abroad. Since 2001 Laurent holds a teaching chair as a professor of Jazz Studies at the Superior School of Music of Oporto (Portugal).
Laura (1992); Divertimento (Duo Iberia) (1993); Ad Lib Vol 1 (1995); Poemas de Fernando Pessoa (1997); Mulheres ao Poder (1999); Dos (Duo Iberia) (2001)
As a producer:
Antonio Vitorino d'Almeida: O Render dos Herois (1996); O Cancioneiro do Niassa, Cansses Proibidas (1999)
As a composer only:
Opus Ensemble: Folc (1998)
As sideperson (partial listing):
Orquestra Girassol: Walking (1978); Waldemar Bastos: Angola Minha Namorada (1989); Konieck Contemporari Ensemble (1991); Pedro Abrunhosa: Viagens (1993); AmZlia Muge: Quinto ImpZrio (1994); Simmons 50% (1995); Tetvocal: Desafinados (1995); Orquestra Sons da Lus-fonia: Passagem (1996); Fernando Gircao, a favor da AMI: Racismo N"o (1996); AndrZ Sardet: Imagens (1996); Da Weasel: 3 1/ Capitulo (1997); Gil do Carmo: Nus Teus Olhos (1998); Paulo de Carvalho e Ivan Lins: M'tria (1999); Ze Ze N'Gambi: Africa de Todas as Cres (1999); Luis Lapa: Cromatismo Ucraniano (2000); Rui Veloso, 20 Anos de Ar de Rock (2000); Jorge Rivotti: Dias da Publicidade (2001)