Suzana Lașcu BIO
- Born on August 31st, 1994 in Bucharest, Romania
- Jazz Vocalist/Performer & Composer/Songwriter
- Started learning music professionally at the age of 8
- Has graduated from Bucharest School of Art, where she has studied Pop Singing from 2006 to 2009, a period of exploring Soul and R&B techniques and repertoire.
- Attended Classical Studies (2004 – 2009) and Jazz Studies (2009 – 2013) at the “George Enescu” College of Music in Bucharest. Graduated in 2013 as a valedictorian.
- Graduated Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, the Netherlands, with a bachelor in vocal jazz performance, with Honours.
- Currently conducting a Master Artistic Research in Jazz Improvisation at Codarts, Rotterdam, under the guidance of Dick de Graaf.
- Recognition/honors received on the Romanian Jazz Scene:
Sibiu Jazz Festival 2010
Best Vocalist (won)
Romanian Jazz Music Awards 2011
Best Newcomer (nominated)
Romanian Jazz Music Awards 2012
Revelation of the Year (nominated)
Art Factory Young Awards 2012
Best Jazz Arrangement (won)
Best Jazz & World Music Symbiosis (won)
- Having been active in the jazz idiom since 15 years old, Suzana has experimented not only in the traditional side of it, but has also become involved with the avant-garde movement.
- Vocal range: four octaves, having studied bel canto technique during high school.
- When it comes to improvising, apart from the post-bop approach, she might also go into free and acid jazz, punk jazz and alternative rock.
- In 2015, she has been selected to perform with the Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest in the Netherlands, under the artistic direction of Martin Fondse, a project which toured throughout the country to highly acclaimed venues, such as Bimhuis, Radio Kootwijk, North Sea Jazz Festival, The EYE, De Wereld Draait Door; the orchestra had collaborations with the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest as well as the Metropole Orkest, appeared on national TV channels such as NPO and VARA. The project was nominated for the Zilveren Notekraker in the same year and eventually won the award in 2016.
- Most notable projects she’s been involved in: Brains On Fluffy Pillows (successfully crowdfunded on Indiegogo in 2016 for the release of her debut record), Silk Copper Plastic, The Awfully Intriguing Ensemble, [Jonathan Nagel’s] Counterblue, Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest (with whom she released a record in 2016, called “A Rosa”, as part of Jong Metropole).
- Her jazz vocal teachers have been: JD Walter, Harjo Pasveer, Deborah Brown, Marjorie Barnes, Floor van Zutphen, Francien van Tuinen, Bart de Win, Ruben Hein, Renske Taminiau, Florin Răducanu, Mircea Tiberian, Alex Simu.
- Able to play piano and ukulele. Guitar comping is her new prospect.
- Fluent in Romanian and English, she is currently studying French and Dutch. Aspiring to become a true polyglot in the future, just like her father. Has received a Cambridge Advanced English Certificate, attesting her as a C1 level user.