“…passionate and affectionate, lively and sympathetic!!”
Born in Tulcea, Romania , Luiza Zan is one of the most prominent voices of Romanian jazz. With virtuosity and elegance, her voice warm and imposing slightly knocks down the barrier imposed by patterns and preconceptions.
She won many prizes in national jazz competitions, her passion for competing leading hear to the prestigious and undeniable much deserved Second Prize in June 2014 at Shure Jazz Voice Competition inside of Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, which is the oldest festival in Europe and one of the most acclaimed in Europe.
Passionate and affectionate, lively and sympathetic. Such could be described in few words Luiza’s music. New jazz inspired by Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves and especially Nat “King” Cole. Soul & Funk inspired by Aretha Franklin, Chakka Khan, Erykah Badu. Hip hop & R & B inspired by D’Angelo, Angie Stone, Bilal. All being traits of a voice full of strength and feelings.
She performed with well-known national names and from elsewhere:
Sorin Romanescu, Mircea Tiberian, Pedro Negrescu, Romeo Cosma Ion Baciu Jr., Mihai Iordache, Alex Man, Abert Tajti, Liviu Barrels, Nicolas Simion, Arthur Balogh, Catalin Milea, Sebastian Burneci, Vlad Popescu, Emil Bazga, Big Band Radio and many others, as well as foreign musicians:Rick Condit, Dave Stamps, Petras Geniusas, Corinne Chapelle, Gyarfas Istvan Balazs Berkes, Peter Sarika, UNC Jazz Lab 1, McNeese State University Big Band and others.
She wrote film music for productions such “Starfruit”, “Merry Circus” (HBO) and “Maria” (nominated for “best documentary” at Locarno Festival in March 2013). She wrote theater music – for the show Scourge, directed by Radu Afrim and played at the National Theatre of Bucharest, being also a protagonist – and for the show Three Fractures, also directed by Radu Afrim, played at the Andrei Muresanu Theatre, in which Luiza Zan performs live during the entire show.
2005 – „SLANG” – Slang , Zone Records
2010 – „Carols and Christmas Stories” – Sorin Romanescu, Luiza Zan – Soft Records
2012 – „Like Water” – Pedro Negrescu, Luiza Zan – Soft Records (named “Best Album of 2012” by “Cultural Observer” and “Music and phases”)
September 2014 – ”Romanian Impressions” – Nicolas Simion Trio – with Nicolas Simion și Sorin Romanescu
March 2016 – ”Heritage” – Luiza Zan ( recorded at SuperSizeStudios Budapesta with Sarik Peter, Gyarfas Istvan, Fonay Tibor, Attila Galfi și Ioana Mardare) – produced by Luiza Zan si launched with the help of FiverHouse Records.