Louisa Williamson is based in Pōneke (Wellington), Aotearoa (New Zealand). She has performed live and recorded with L.A.B., Trinity Roots, Dawn Diver, Bret McKenzie, AJA, MĀ, Rob Ruha, Clear Path Ensemble, The Rodger Fox Big Band, Other Futures Big Band, Lord Echo and Louis Baker.
Louisa studied at New Zealand School of Music (Victoria University) from 2015-2020, completing a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance (First Class Honours), and a Master of Music (Composition).
As well as being a regular gigging and session musician, Louisa fronts her own group playing her own original compositions. What Dreams May Come is Louisa’s first album released in June 2022, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Mike Gibson. The lead track from the album is the evolving three-sectional piece ‘Dream Within A Dream’ which has earned Louisa her nomination this year.
‘Dream Within a Dream’ explores themes of dreaming, whether it be when we are asleep or daydreaming. The piece’s intention is to bring a sense of calm and reduce anxiety. The middle (second) section represents the “dream within a dream” and features a trombone solo by the amazing Wellington musician Kaito Walley.
To find a crossover between ambient and big band jazz, ‘Dream Within A Dream’ is intended to be as ignorable as it is engaging, like how ambient music is often described as “wallpaper music”. It is meant to soften the space around you, allowing you to relax in it.