Zander & The Revival
Hip Hop Storytelling Meets 13-Piece Big Band
In late 2015, I joined the 13-piece band of Boston-based rapper and singer Zander LaScala while studying at Berklee College of Music. As a skilled lyricist and producer, Zander provided the songs and the ensemble as a whole provided the arrangements for the live performances and studio recordings.
Zander and the Revival were also hired to star in an ad campaign for the new Digital Audio Workstation software SoundBridge developed by the Boston-based startup of the same name.
With Zander and the Revival, I performed a couple of shows in Boston and was part of the recording session and video shoot for the SoundBridge "Rise Up" campaign.
Modern Jazz infused with Polish Folk Music and Pop
Back in 2011, when I just got into music college, Natalia and I met in one of our ensemble classes and had been making music together ever since.
In 2013, Fabian Ristau (Drums), Simon Grote (Piano), Gregor Lener (Trumpet), Dany Ahmad (Guitar), and myself formed the band around Natalia's mesmerizing voice.
Soon, our first and self-produced album "You" was ready and it was released in September of 2013. It was this album that caught the attention of the record label ACT Music, one of Europe's prolific Jazz labels.
In 2016, Natalia won the prestigious Echo Jazz in the category "Best Newcomer". She was also nominated for the award of "Best Singer (National)".
Large Ensemble Vocal Jazz
This project spawned from the band loos. which originally started out as a quintet (vocals, piano, saxophone, bass, drums). Saxophonist and prolific arranger Vincent Dombrowski initially provided the arrangements that would turn this quintet into a 9-piece ensemble.
Musically, loos. extended draws from Contemporary Vocall Jazz, Soul, and Pop, and the repertoire skilfully merges minimalism and intricate, complex arrangements. From moody and mellow to experimental and sometimes even shocking, loos. extended navigates a broad spectrum of musical expression.
Lyrically, Franziska Loos uses motifs from the life and struggles of millennials in this day and age which fittingly led to the second EP of the ensemble to be called #generationanything.