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Lucia Cadotsch

Originally from Zurich, now living in Berlin, Lucia Cadotsch studied Jazz at the UDK Berlin and at the RMK in Copenhagen. The German Newspaper DIE ZEIT recognizes in the singer one of the most important voices “for the resurrection of jazz melody beyond tired scripts and singer-songwriter clichés.”

In 2016 she released the trio album Speak Low (Enja records) with Petter Eldh on bass and Otis Sandsjö on tenor saxophone. The record is a gorgeous sonic love letter to her soul mates from a distant musical past and won her the ECHO Jazz Award 2017 in the category "singer of the year". For „Speak Low“, Cadotsch garnered international attention US Magazine DOWNBEAT as well as THE GUARDIAN rated the album with 5 stars and wrote: „Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch – you’re going to be hearing a lot of it.“ The trio is touring internationally and played at well-known clubs and festivals like Jazzfest Berlin, Cheltenham Festival, Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, Copenhagen Jazzfest, WeJazz Festival Helsinki, Vortex London, Moods Zürich, Bimhuis Amsterdam and Nasjonal Scene Oslo, a.o.

In April 2017 Lucia released her second full-length album Speak Low Renditions. The album features remixes of the songs first published on the prior release "Speak Low", contributed by some of the most innovative artists of the current jazz scene - Julian Sartorius, Dan Nicholls, Colin Vallon, Joy Frempong, Evelinn Trouble, Otis Sandsjö, Frans Petter Eldh, a.m.

Cadotsch was an integral part of the music collective Schneeweiss + Rosenrot (they released three albums and toured internationally) and is currently working with several projects of the progressive Berlin music scene: Together with Wanja Slavin, she runs LIUN + The Science Fiction Band - „synthpop for people of the day after tomorrow“. With the group Yellow Bird she released a super-dada Bluegrass album and together with Hayden Chisholm and the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, she reclaimed the old time Big-Band Swing for the 21st century. Apart from these projects, she also collaborates in different musical contexts with artists such as Kit Downes, Lucy Railton, Elias Stemeseder and Julian Sartorius.

DISCOGRAPHY: 2018 Yellow Bird: Edda Lou (Enja records) 2017 Lucia Cadotsch : Speak Low Renditions (Enja records) 2016 Lucia Cadotsch : Speak Low (Enja records) 2016 Hayden Chisholm + Lucerne Jazz Orchestra feat. Lucia Cadotsch : Rhythm Got Me 2015 Yellow Bird : SING (Enja records) 2012 Schneeweiss & Rosenrot : Pool (Enja records) 2010 Schneeweiss & Rosenrot : Pretty Frank (Enja records) 2009 Schneeweiss & Rosenrot : Salt Crusted Dreams (Calibrated records)

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Album Review

Lucia Cadotsch: Speak Low II

Read "Speak Low II" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On their sophomore effort, the multinational European trio around Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch follows the band's initial instinct of organically dissecting and rearranging old favorites of the respective band members. This time around the trio is expanded by English keyboartdist Kit Downes' occasional organ embellishments and Lucy Railton's additions of odd melodic cello lines to conceptually intricate arrangements. The group's nearly-chordless and drum-free approach is able to conjure intimate spaces and fragile constructs while at the same time capturing not ...

Radio & Podcasts

Lucia Cadotsch, Dark Horse, Oaagaada, Sabu Toyozumi and More

Read "Lucia Cadotsch, Dark Horse, Oaagaada, Sabu Toyozumi and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

As often happens on this show, the recordings we featured emanate from many countries, and this episode is no different. New releases include those by Japanese drumming legend Sabu Toyozumi (recorded in The Philippines), Sweden's Dark Horse, French drummer Raphael Pannier, Finland's Oaagaada, Italy's Ground 71, and Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch. American baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton gets back to the wars with his trio What Happens in a Year, trumpeter Alex Massa focuses on water issues in his new release, ...


Lucia Cadotsch: Whispers Speak Louder than Screams

Read "Lucia Cadotsch: Whispers Speak Louder than Screams" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Speak Low (Enja Records, 2017), the debut release of her current Trio of the same name, catapulted Lucia Cadotsch among the new artists that promise to write original chapters of vocal jazz while showing deference to the artists that preceded them. Playing a compelling brand of music that has been aptly described as “acoustic retrofuturism" --think of it as the musical version of Blade Runner's stunning blend of futuristic ambience and vintage elegance --Lucia Cadotsch, bassist Petter Eldh and saxophonist ...

Album Review

Lucia Cadotsch: Speak Low

Read "Speak Low" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Accade che un artista, sia esso musicista, scrittore, pittore o scultore, avverta l'urgenza di rifugiarsi nella semplicità espressiva, di guardare a forme essenziali dal sapore primitivo e ancestrale, per poi dialogare con la contemporaneità. “Retrofuturismo acustico." Così Lucia Cadotsch definisce nelle note di copertina Speak Low, la sua ultima fatica musicale. Il sostantivo spiega questo suo “guardare da dietro" la modernità, il volerlo fare in maniera sommessa, con eleganza e umiltà, rispettando quanto venuto prima e interagendovi per andare oltre; ...

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Kolossal." JAZZTHING

„I like what you're doing. Congratulations!“ T.C. Boyle

5 Stars Album Review in THE GUARDIAN: "Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch– you’re going to be hearing a lot of it.(...) It’s all eerily beautiful." THE GUARDIAN, John Fordham, 17.11.2016

5 Stars Album Review in DOWNBEAT (US) – Juni 2017

„Lucia. Her voice is insane.“ COLORIZING

„I haven't heard anything this impressive in a while.“ Volker Doberstein, JAZZPODIUM 03/16

„The group is one of the most in-demand in Europe at present. With good reason.“ Oliver Weindling, The Vortex London

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