Laufey: Tiny Desk Concert

Laufey: Tiny Desk Concert

Ashley Pointer | December 13, 2023
“I grew up playing classical music and it’s so special to get to play my songs almost in this chamber-like setting,” Laufey says in her performance. Accompanied by a string quartet, the singer-songwriter’s modern jazz-pop love songs soared at the Tiny Desk, the intimacy of our little corner only heightened its impact.

Laufey’s music undeniably bridges the gap between jazz and younger, mainstream audiences coming to the genre. Her sophomore album, Bewitched, broke Spotify’s all-time streaming record for a jazz debut ever in the platform’s history and resulted in her first Grammy nomination. She opens the set with “From The Start,” a bouncy, whimsical tune about unrequited love with a friend, connecting Chet Baker-like scats with charming and playful lyrics. Taking a more melancholic turn into 2021’s “Let You Break My Heart Again” and “Promise,” her velvety vocals rich with vulnerability dance elegantly with the strings, creating a symphony of emotions. Laufey concludes the set with “California and Me,” which she explains was heavily influenced by her receiving her first baby grand and compositions by Liszt and Chopin. This mesmerizing performance is a captivating testament to the power of collaboration and music’s ability to evoke raw, unfiltered emotion.

“From The Start”
“Let You Break My Heart Again”
“California and Me”

Laufey Jónsdóttir: piano, guitar, vocals
Sherri Zhang: violin
Josh Henderson: violin
Aria Cheregosha: viola
Ken Kubota: cello

Producer: Ashley Pointer
Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Audio Assistant: Neil Tevault
Production Assistant: Elle Mannion
Photographer: Estefania Mitre
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Hazel Cills
Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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45 Responses

  1. @thefatal_00f50 says:

    I can’t believe a laufey tiny desk finally exists 👏🏽👏🏽

  2. @nicholasdyee says:

    Laufey’s voice and songs are such a great fit for this intimate setting! Also shoutout to the string quartet (I see you Ken) 🤗

  3. @mikes41720 says:

    Laufey is just so good. She even tweeted back in 2021 that she’d like to be on Tiny Desk someday. It’s 2023 and she’s achieved that. Bravo!

  4. @FinnBjerke says:

    Tiny Desk + Leufey + Strings = perfection.

  5. @hjul says:

    20 seconds in and i got goosebumps already. love her voice so much

  6. @cgonz8 says:

    I can’t think of a more “NPR” artist than Laufey. Perfect match.

  7. @cmacleod says:

    Is it just me, but I can’t help but admire her in every possible way

  8. @jimmygoods says:

    First time listener. If they don’t cast Laufey as a Disney Princess and have her sing the songs, just shoot me dead

  9. @Andy251153 says:

    such a beautiful voice, she’s gonna be a modern legend

  10. @wellingtonperalta5039 says:

    It’s crazy to think about how far she has come after that viral cover of ‘I wish you love’. Definitely a result of great talent and hard work!

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