Cornetist-Composer-Educator Rich Laughlin hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota. A resident of Munich, Germany since 1984, Rich maintains an active presence on the European New Music/Avant Garde scene. A member of Barry Guy's London Jazz Composers Orchestra, he has enjoyed further collaborations with leading lights in the music such as George Lewis, Evan Parker, Bennie Maupin, Paul Lytton and Howard Riley.
As a leader, Rich offers 3 formations ranging from the free-improvising Vadana Duo over the Electro/Acoustic Quartet Melting Point and the 9-12 piece Rich Laughlin Ensemble. This desire to move freely between improvised and composed genres is genuinely reflected in his writing and performance.