Laurent grew up in a musical family and his passion for music started early.

He began learning piano at the age of 6, then expanded his range of skills by studying percussions: classic and contemporary first (timpani, vibraphone, etc.), percussions from various continents (Congas, Cajon, West African balafon), modern drums, chromatic balafon and the Hang.

In 2008, Laurent started studying vocal techniques to further develop his work in the band Mayaelo.

His curiosity and thirst for discovery allowed him to express himself through music without style boundaries. He feels aesthetics as color palettes and doesn’t hesitate to work with traditional, improvised, amplified, electronic, pop, experimental and classical music.

He enjoys combining all aspects of music, from singing to body percussion, using his eclectic background of musical capabilities to explore the possibilities to blend diverse flavours. Through an extensive variety of encounters throughout his life, Laurent has built a highly individual musical identity.

DEM, prizes, Diplômes d’Etat in musical training and percussion, certificate of aptitude for current amplified music validate his academic studies, but it’s outside the box that he prefers to act and create.

As a graduate of the French Conservatory system (gold medal and DEM) Laurent excels in scored music. Internships, master classes and travelling have prompted him to incorporate oral traditions and improvised music, so he has joyfully built bridges between different musical expressions.

The joy of sharing and a taste for novelty led him to travel and perform in groups with very varied compositions and to accompany other artists for their on-stage or studio projects.

This includes work with OLOJi, TwinPan, the Tempo Primo symphony orchestra, the Ars Nova brass quintet, Le grand Rateau big band, Morgane Ji, Mayaëlo, Bill Banquise, Dine et Deon, Cordéone, Olivier Carole Ensemble, Doro’t, Sale petit Bonhomme, Rauni, Siko, Imad Saleh, Nour , Bebey Youla, Alama Kante, Dave Golitin, Pablo Mendez, Matthieu Metzger, Thomas Grimmonprez and Christophe Lardeau amongst others.

Currently, he performs live in his solo “Unlimited”, Owa, and as a member of Labulkrack and Toma Sidibe.

You might have also discovered him opening for Ben l'Oncle soul, Lo'Jo, Faada Freddy, Susheela Raman, Sandra N'Kaké, Brigitte Fontaine, Mathieu Boogaerts ...


Laurent Sureau
Human Being (2024)

Orion (2015)
OSNI (2017)
Exploration of the 12 chakras (2016)
Seed of Crystal (2018)

Laurent Sureau
Unlimited (2016)

Twin Pan
First contact (2016)

Promises (2020)
EP Wake Up (2022)

Vida (2010) - Guest

Dine et Déon
Cousu Main (2007)

Ironic Bombact (2002)

Message (2014)

Bill Banquise and his icebergs
Berry's way of life (2006)

Dirty Little Man
My week (2011) - Guest

Dirty Little Man
My week (2011) - Guest
Dancing Life (2008) - Guest
My Brassens (2013) - Guest

Marie Coutant
To live (2000) 


Human Being

This album is dedicated exclusively to the handpan, with compositions by Laurent Sureau and an opening arrangement of JS BACH's Prelude BWV 846.

Each track is an astonishing performance on this type of instrument, a sound photograph celebrating the present moment, blending authenticity and the vulnerability of live recording. Expressions of gentleness, strength, disappointment, hope, love, beauty and ecstasy can all be experienced on this eclectic opus.

States of being that we all experience universally...


Laurent Sureau - Human Being

Laurent Sureau - Unlimited





Collaboration with Morgane Ji


Laurent studied teaching through a desire to share his passion for music. His main objective is to allow others to find their own musical path.

Amongst other courses, he studied at CEFEDEM in Poitiers, where he obtained the National Diploma in Music Education and Percussion (1997). Then he taught at CRD Chateauroux, CRR Poitiers and at Mamady Keïta’s « Tam Tam Mandingue Poitiers » School of African Arts.

In 2001, further research and his developing musical profile led him to obtain a Qualification as a coordinator/teacher of contemporary amplified music, which resulted in a very eclectic and personal educational project.

Currently, he is a Professor of Artistic Education at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Grand-Poitiers, in Migné-Auxances, France, and he has created online handpan lessons for MasterTheHandpan.