GUITAR, VOCALS, and SONGWRITING

For 25 years Laura has taught guitar, vocals, and songwriting in Eugene, OR to students from the ages of 7 to 70. She has mentored many young adults who have gone on to pursue their own music careers. Her warmth, sense of humor, patience, positivity and general encouragement of her students has made her one of the most sought after and experienced teachers in the area.

She was the former director of the SHEDD Institute summer guitar camps and now maintains a weekly private teaching schedule at her home studio in Eugene. 

Over the past 40+ years she has continued to learn, grow, reinvent and challenge herself musically. In addition to studying voice at Vanderbilt University as an undergrad in the late '80's, singing in choirs, and taking private guitar, dobro, banjo, and even harmonium lessons in India, she has studied with some of Eugene's finest guitar teachers, including Don Latarski at the University of Oregon and Bill Harkelroad.

YOGA, SANSKRIT and KIRTAN

Laura is a longtime student of yoga, meditation, Sanskrit, and Vedanta. She was introduced to meditation in the the late 80’s through TM and shortly thereafter she stumbled upon her first yoga class. In 2008 she deepened her practice, spending four months in India studying yoga, Vedic chanting, and harmonium while volunteering at an orphanage. Since then she completed a 200 hr YTT with Sarah Joy Marsh and a 100 hr Yoga Nidra Teacher Certification with Kamini Desai. She currently teaches a weekly Yoga Nidra class at Eugene Yoga on Wednesday evenings. She has also offered classes and workshops in beginning Sanskrit and kirtan, with a focus on pronunciation, reading and understanding both transliteration and devanagari, and applying this knowledge to singing and chanting the names of the divine.

She leads kirtans which are a mix of traditional bhajans and original compositions influenced by folk, jazz and americana.

 

If you are interested in private lessons with Laura, please contact her from the email link at the contact page.  Thank You!!

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

Nov15

Tim May, Steve Smith, Laura Kemp

House Concert, 118 Merry Lane, Eugene, OR

I am excited to bring Steve Smith to town after many years! Steve is the mandolin player from my album May and we have shared the stage multiple times in OR as well as NM. He is touring with an amazing guitarist from Nashville, Tim May. I'll be playing a few songs in the show but mostly stepping aside to let these two guys dazzle you for the evening. Seating is very limited so make your reservation early!

The Tim May and Steve Smith duo brings an evening of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May.  The two musicians have collaborated in studio and on stages nationwide and now bring their acoustic brand of fire on the strings to Eugene. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for exploration honoring tradition and improvisation. Their latest CD (July 2016) Murder of Crows reflects upon this acoustic music force the duo has become and includes seven originals. Their shows include tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and twin mandolin works throughout a broad range of styles.

Oct19

Sharing the bill with Kathryn Claire!

Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR

So much looking forward to sharing the stage with Kathryn Claire! Originally from Eugene, Kathryn is now based out of Portland and spends most of her time touring. This will be a sold out show - get your tix soon. I will go on promptly at 8pm and Kathryn will take over shortly after 9pm with her 4 piece band!

$15-20 sliding scale

Aug31

Laura Kemp Solo

Eugene Saturday Market, downtown, Oak and 8th, Eugene, OR

Playing solo for this before noon (yikes!) set on the last day of August. Come on down to the market for a cuppa joe and a serenade!

free!

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