Theatre

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Theater

Der Lebende Link (the living link) with Martin Ciesielski -- Berlin und Potsdam
Satellites (with Taylor Negron) ----- Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
UG! ----- Attic Theatre
Radio Play ----- Art/Works Performance Space
Play It Cool ----- Celebration Theatre
The Lesson ----- Mark Taper Forum
Soiled Eyes Of A Ghost ----- South Coast Repertory
Threepenny Opera ----- Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Animal Farm ----- Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
The Cradle Will Rock ----- Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Rio Esmeralda ----- LATC & Scandinavian Drama Festival
Woyzeck ----- Fringe Festival, Scotland
Man Of La Mancha, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 2x, Oliver, Bye Bye Birdie 2x, Annie, The Runaways, Damn Yankees


OVATION NOMINATION FOR BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR (Play It Cool, 2006)


LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITIC'S CIRCLE AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR (Play It Cool)


LA WEEKLY THEATRE AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST MUSICAL ENSEMBLE (Play It Cool)


BACKSTAGE GARLAND AWARDS HONORARY MENTION FOR BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND BEST ENSEMBLE (Play It Cool)


"PLAY IT COOL" ONE OF TALKIN' BROADWAY'S TOP TEN CAST ALBUMS OF 2006


SATELLITES GETS FOUR STARS IN THE SCOTSMAN


DRAMA-LOGUE AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A PLAY (The Lesson at the Mark Taper Forum)


"At the Crowne Plaza Hotel's Brasserie, the fine pianist Louis Durra performed in a trio with bassist Larry Steen and drummer Jerry Kalaf. Durra performed jazz standards and also delighted in turning offbeat material into jazz such as "Ticket To Ride". He has his own fresh chord voicings, created unpredictable but logical solos, and uplifted such tunes as Earl Zinder's "How My Heart Sings", Blue Monk" (hinting at Dave Brubeck), "Taking A Chance On Love" (in an arrangement originally for tapdancers) and Tomasz Stanko's "Six". The trio was tight with excellent soloing from both Steen and Kalaf. Singer Janis Mann sat in on "You Don't Know What Love Is" and I've Got The World On A String", singing beatifully with her usual combination of expressiveness and wit, often acting out the words."
-- LA JAZZ SCENE


"The wonderful cast inhales the specialized score and Marvin Tunney’s choreography with plush assurance, repeatedly stopping the show, and musical director Louis Durra’s Band is splendid. Tart, tuneful and trenchant in unexpected ways. PLAY IT COOL generates sizzling heat and not just for Blue Note devotees" -- LA TIMES CRITIC’S CHOICE (Play It Cool)

"We get solid jazz from five fine actor-singers who deliver lyricist Mark Winkler's music in a delightful evening... captivating music, arranged and conducted by Louis Durra..." -– LA WEEKLY “GO!" (Play It Cool)

"The amalgam of swinging jazz ditties, comic numbers and torch songs result in a suberb score, brought to shimmering life courtesy of music director-arranger Louis Durra. Jessica Sheridan is a powerhouse in the focal role. Andrew Pandaleon is a breakout star". –- BACKSTAGE WEST CRITIC’S PICK (Play It Cool)

"...That was fantastic! You're a great musician!" -- ED BEGLEY JR.

"Offering perfect accompaniment are the onstage trio of music director-pianist Louis Durra, bassist Big Al Gruskoff and drummer Adam Alesi." -- VARIETY (Play It Cool)


"Say, you've been around the block a few times!" --SUZANNE SOMERS


"Louis Durra's organ and Jerry Kalaf's vibes provide a smooth background for "You Don't Know What Love Is". Durra is equally facile on the piano and provides solid accompaniment for Krebs throughout the session." -- CD BABY (Susan Krebs' Jazz Gardener album)

"What a beautiful arrangement of my song!" -- HOLLY NEAR


“…the combo led by pianist Louis Durra is exemplary."
-- IN MAGAZINE LA (Cradle Will Rock)


"Standouts here include Louis Durra's piano and Silvia Ryder's backing vocals." -- POP MATTERS (Eric Ander's Not At One)

“... The onstage accompaniment is handled quite nicely by pianist Louis Durra. “ -- VARIETY (Animal Farm)

“...nimble musical accompaniment by Louis Durra, Ian Flanders, Tom Allard and Armando Gutierrez..."
-- LA WEEKLY (Animal Farm)

"...To describe one of my favorite piano players I have had the pleasure to play with, is to say, "Louis Durra, a true innovator". Louis is full of excitement. His original music is always fun and challenging. His desire and interpretation of standards and pop tunes just pulls you into your best playing. Louis is always in a creative mode when I play with him. I'm in for the fact that it can and will go anywhere possible. You know, that's what it's ALL about. One of his great accomplishments, and one my favorite, is backing vocalists. His palate is broad and amazingly colorful. Louis, thanks for the pleasure of playing with you on the new CD 'What We Have'." -- DOMENIC GENOVA, bassist

"The great thing about Louis' playing and composing is that his influences never give him away. He never mops the floor with a ballad or pounds the music into submission when he plays bop, like so many others. He is an elegant, lyrical musician worthy of his own nameplate on the door of Jazz. He has a lot to say, some of it purposely funny, which in itself is very, very rare. If there must be blurb: Ahmad Jamal meets Hank Jones meets Herbie Hancock meets...Harpo Marx." -- MATT ASCHYKYNAZO, guitarist

"Louis Durra is an exceptional musician and composer. His playing is rich and sensitive and intuitive while still being disciplined and sophisticated. It is an honor to have played with him." -- LILI HAYDN, Violinist/Singer/Songwriter


“I’ve had the great pleasure of hearing Louis play on several of my film scores. He is one of the most musical, inventive, sensitive and giving musicians I’ve ever worked with. He never ceases to surprise, delight, and move me with his approach to the music. His fluid virtuosity transcends any specific style. I only wish I’d known him when I was a performing musician. He would be an inspiration and a blast at any gig! Five stars!" -- MIRIAM CUTLER, film composer


Discography

As Leader

Rocket Science
The Best Of All Possible Worlds
What We Have
Caught! Live and in the Studio (DVD)
Dreaming


Albums

Logan Heftel ----- One Day
Sugarplum Fairies ----- (in progress)
Matt Ashkynazo ----- (in progress)
Brenda Osuna ----- (in progress)
Andrew Pandaleon ----- (in progress)
Bennett Brandeis ----- Storytelling
Michael C. Ford/OM 7 ----- 20th Century Goodbye
Roxanne Beck ----- Comes Love
Play It Cool ----- Cast Album
Sad Girl ----- Twenty Years
Moris Tepper ----- Moth To Mouth
Moris Tepper ----- Big Enough To Disappear
Moris Tepper ----- Mudpie
Sam Graham ----- Jazz For Moderns
Sugarplum Fairies ----- Introspective Raincoat Student Music
Sugarplum Fairies ----- Flake
Mystery Band ----- Insert Title Here
Steve Kirwan ----- Steppin' Round The Yellow Brick Road
Eric Anders ----- Not At One
Susan Krebs ----- Jazz Gardener
Jessica Harper ----- Not A Traditional Christmas
Beth Eichel ----- Women Of Spirit
UUSM Choir ----- Vivaldi Gloria
UUSM Choir ----- Fauré Requiem


Pianist with:

Ruben Blades
Savion Glover
Jazz Tap Ensemble
Martin Short
Catherine O’Hara
Jason Alexander
Mary Gross
Andrea Martin
Camper Van Beethoven
Moris Tepper
Syd Straw
Victoria Williams
Luba Mason
Richard Sheldon
Sara Andon
Mark Roberts
Victor Lawrence
Gene Sudbury
Barbara Morrison
Tango Adamor


Tours / Long-Running Gigs

Jazz Tap Ensemble
Dance company. Touring, master classes, television.

Just In Time (Jazz Step)
Dance company. Concerts and television in Russia, Latvia, The Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Moris Tepper
Touring, television and radio.

UCLA
Dance, vocal accompanist.

Santa Monica College
Vocal accompanist.

Regency Beverly Wilshire
Trio pianist for ballroom dancing.

Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica
Organist, harpsichordist, pianist.

University Synagogue, Irvine, CA
Accompanist.

Temple Isaiah, West Los Angeles, CA
Choir director, accompanist.


Music For Film

The Guiding Light ----- Proctor & Gamble/ CBS ----- Composer
The Glass Jar ----- Sterling Pacific ----- Composer
Real Lives Exposed ----- Sterling Pacific ----- Composer
Show Me Your Potatoes ----- Sterling Pacific ----- Composer
Soft Toilet Seats ----- About Time Prods.----- Co-Composer
The Secretary ----- CBS MOW ----- Source Music
First Daughter ----- Columbia TriStar ----- Source Music
To Serve & Protect ----- Warner ----- Source Music
To Love, Honor & Betray ----- Orly Adelson Prods.----- Source Music
The Medal Maker ----- M. Craven/ PBS ----- Composer
Meteors: Countdown To Impact ----- M. Craven/MVP Video ----- Composer
LA Heat ----- PM Entertainment ----- Source Music
Little Bigfoot ----- PM Entertainment ----- Source Music
Remote ----- Sal Morales ----- Composer
Our Little Happiness ----- Doug McGrath/Buena Vista ----- Co-Composer

Sound Editing/Sound Design

Love Her Madly ----- Ray Manzarek/Amer. Aten Prods.
Little Bigfoot ----- PM Entertainment
Last Man Standing ----- PM Entertainment
The Silencers ----- PM Entertainment
Hologram Man ----- PM Entertainment
Steel Frontier ----- PM Entertainment
Cybertracker ----- PM Entertainment
Direct Hit ----- PM Entertainment
Guardian Angel ----- PM Entertainment
L.A. Wars ----- LA Wars Prods.
Lion Strike ----- PM Entertainment
Sword Of Honor ----- PM Entertainment
T-Force ----- PM Entertainment
Zero Tolerance ----- PM Entertainment
To Be The Best ----- PM Entertainment
CIA Code Name: Alexa ----- PM Entertainment
Alien Intruder ----- PM Entertainment
Firepower ----- PM Entertainment
Fist Of Honor ----- PM Entertainment
Intent To Kill ----- PM Entertainment
Magic Kid ----- PM Entertainment
No Escape, No Return ----- PM Entertainment
Private Wars ----- PM Entertainment
Ring Of Fire II ----- PM Entertainment
Taxi Dancers ----- American New Wave