Interview with

Lucia Cadotsch

Die Sängerin Lucia Cadotsch, geboren 1984 in Zürich, studierte Jazz an der UdK Berlin und dem Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium Kopenhagen.

Die ZEIT sieht in der Schweizerin eine der wichtigen Protagonistinnen „der Wiederbelebung des Jazz-Gesangs jenseits der abgenutzten Standards und Singer-/Songwriterinnen-Klischees.“ 2016 veröffentlich Cadotsch mit SPEAK LOW (enja records) ihr erstes Album unter ihrem eigenen Namen. Im Trio mit Petter Eldh am Kontrabass und Otis Sandsjö am Tenorsaxophon singt sie eine berückend schöne Sammlung von  Traditionals, wie Strange Fruit, Gloomy Sunday und Moon River, wie man sie noch nie gehört hat.

Cadotsch erreichte damit internationale Aufmerksamkeit und spielte auf grossen Bühnen und Festivals, wie Jazzfest Berlin, Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, Copenhagen Jazzfest, WeJazz Festival Helsinki, Landstheater Linz, Vortex London, Moods Zürich.

The Guardian zeichnete das Album mit 5 von 5 Sternen aus:  „Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch– you’re going to be hearing a lot of it. Cadotsch is a young, Zurich-born vocalist who possesses a classical clarity, a folk singer’s simplicity, and an appetite for performing very famous songs in the company of two edgy free-jazz instrumentalists, who flank her sedate progress with split-note sax sounds and spiky basslines and percussive strumming. That might sound like a merciless deconstruction of fine songs, but in this compelling trio’s hands the process is remarkably melodious and illuminating. (…)  It’s all eerily beautiful.“

Facts

1: “If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.”
– Billie Holiday

2: „Play like you want the world to be like.“
– Wayne Shorter

3: „I’ve always thought that I was shaking people up. But now I wanna go at it more and I wanna go at it deliberately and I wanna go at it coldly. I want to shake people up so bad that when they leave a nightclub where I performed, I just want them to be to pieces.“
– Nina Simone

Questions

1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Original, progressive artists who are courageous enough to create something I haven’t heard and seen before, like Nina Simone, Frans Petter Eldh, Julian Sartorius, Otis Sandsjö, Billie Holiday, Evelinn Trouble, Wanja Slavin, Lucy Railton, Kendrick Lamar, everyone on the Rendition Album and and and…Their energy and creative force is my addiction.

2. How and when did you get into making music?
After one long struggle I looked out of a beautiful vulva, started singing and never stopped.

3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Billie Holiday : The complete Commodore/Decca Masters
Nina Simone: Live Recordings
John Coltrane: My favourite thing
Luciano Berio/Cathy Beberian: Folk Songs
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
Kendrick Lamar: To pimp a butterfly
Jimmy Giuffre : 3, 1961

ok that was 7 out of…?

4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Diversity, rebellion, freedom.

5. What’s your favourite place in Berlin?
I love the vibe in Kreuzberg 36, it celebrates that – diversity, rebellion, freedom.

6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead
No idea. I never found anything else that was as much fun as making music.

7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Eternity by Alice Coltrane

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Everyone on the Speak Low Rendition album:  Frans Petter, Otis Sandsjö, Julian Sartorius, Evelinn Trouble, Trummerschlunk, Marc Lohr, Marc Neyen, Don Philippe, Joy Frempong, Colin Vallon, Dan Nicholls + Lucy Railton and Kit Downes.

9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
– AMOK AMOR w/Wanja Slavin, Peter Evans, Frans Petter Eldh + Christian Lillinger at Aufsturz Berlin
– TRICKO w/Lucy Railton and Kit Downes at Kollektiv Festival Berlin
– Maria Laurette Friis at Jazzfestival Copenhagen
– Wildbirds + Peacedrums at Jazz in E. Festival

10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s a great tool to sketch and try out pretty quickly what’s in my imagination and phantasy.

11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
A brother, Silvio, he’s a great and very original musician, he inspires me. Ask him how he feels about me.

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