Lucia Cadotsch, born in Zurich, Switzerland, is a singer and songwriter based in Berlin. She is best known for her auteur projects: SPEAK LOW, LIUN + The Science Fiction Band and AKI.

Speak Low, her chamber trio with Petter Eldh (upright bass) and Otis Sandsjö (tenor saxophone), debuted in 2017. The project set things off by deep diving into the world of jazz standards and folk songs; updating and reframing them with the freedom and audacity of modern remix culture. The Guardian and DownBeat gave the record their maximum ratings; while the latter included it in its Best Albums of the Year list. As a consequence, the trio was invited to play at the NYC Winter Jazzfest. To date, the group played a total of over 150 shows! Their debut was followed up by a collection of remixes, covers, and reworks called Speak Low Renditions. If features some of the most unique “voices” on the scene: Dan Nicholls, Joy Frempong, Evelinn Trouble, Julian Sartorius, Marc Lohr, Colin Vallon, Trummerschlunk, Marc Neyen, and Don Philippe. In 2020, Kit Downes (hammond organ) and Lucy Railton (cello) joined the outfit (as featured guests), and the group released Speak Low II.

LIUN  + The Science Fiction Band is Lucia’s band with saxophonist / producer Wanja Slavin. Although they started writing songs together back in 2013, their first record (Time Rewind) only dropped in 2019. Kurt Rosenwinkel called it “an instant classic.” Francesco Wilking described it as “synth pop for the people of the day after-tomorrow.” Multilayered, orchestral, and self-reflexive – their music is a universe. In a live setting, they can be spotted in three different iterations. The first one is a quintet, with Bernhard Meyer on electric bass, Andi Fins on keys, and Fabian Rösch on drums. As a large ensemble, they are supplemented by a six piece reed and horn section as well as a piano trio. In 2020, the band also collaborated with the EOS Chamber Orchestra, who played scaled up arrangements of the LIUN material. Their sophomore record, titled Lily of the Nile, will be released in the fall of this year on Heartcore records.

AKI is a quartet consisting of Lucia (vocals), Kit Downes (organ and piano), Phil Donkin (bass), and James Maddren (drums). The origins of the group can be traced back to a longstanding collaboration between Cadotsch and Downes that punctuated in writing a plethora of material. The songs blend Cadotsch’s idiosyncratic wordplay and imagery and Downes‘ rich, layered soundscapes. The idea to add a rhythm section – with James Maddren on drums and Phil Donkin on bass – was born out of the desire to expand the sonic possibilities of the group and to inject the music with new perspectives.

Over the years, Lucia Cadotsch received several awards. In 2021, she was awarded the German Jazz Award in the category VOKAL. In 2017, she received the ECHO Jazz award for Singer of the Year (for her album Speak Low). In 2012, she received the New German Jazz Award with her band Schneeweiss + Rosenrot.

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

„Your album is sooooo killing. Extra extra good. I love it. Congrats, Lucia, for me it’s an instant classic.“ Kurt Rosenwinkel

“Lucia is one of the most interesting female vocalists on the European scene, not only in the quality of her voice, but in the settings she places it and the music she chooses.”

«Hier singen die Liebe und der Schmerz, sie klingen wahr und man glaubt ihnen, dass sie sich behaupten können im Gerumpel unserer Zeit.»
 Francesco Wilking

„So ingenious is the way vocalist Lucia Cadotsch reimagines the canon of standards that the songs feel fully in the here and now.“
DOWNBEAT (US) –  5/5 ***** Bradley Bamberger

„…urban, von analoger Direktheit und geradezu maßlos in seiner Freiheit des Klangs und der Interpretation. Hinter dieser Musik steht nicht nur ein Sound, den man so noch nicht gehört hat, sondern eine musikalische Haltung, vor deren Klarheit und Kompromisslosigkeit man sich spontan verbeugen möchte. Ich habe lange nichts derart Beeindruckendes mehr gehört.“
Volker Doberstein, JAZZPODIUM 03/16

„Cadotsch has a pleasingly spare, sober approach to singing in which the absence of vibrato is matched by a lack of excessive phrasal ornamentation that in no way reduces the emotional charge of her performance.“

„Many singers deliver standards songs as they are conventionally sung. A few, such the late Betty Carter take risks and reap a greater reward. Lucia Cadotsch is one of those.“  Richard Williams, Jazzfest Berlin

„Lucia. Her voice is insane.“  COLORIZING

„Lucia Cadotsch is someone best called a mastermind.“
Unruhr, 2019

„Welch Glück, wenn man wie Lucia Cadotsch bereits zur eigenen musikalischen Sprache gefunden hat, bevor man sich an der Interpretation versucht!“

„That intimacy and distance is exactly what you hear in her voice, and the tension of that duality is what makes Lucia so intriguing.“
JAZZWISE UK, June 2020, Debra Richards

„Lucia’s voice possesses for me the necessary subtlety and understatement to deliver such traditional jazz songs in our times. It is hard for me to imagine another contemporary vocalist with the ability to sing these tunes with such grace and controlled emotion.“
Hayden Chisholm, Berlin, November 2nd 2015

“In its best and most positive sense, Lucia can sing the shit out of any melody. She can phrase like a Grande Dame and she displays an experience and liberty with Time and the melody line which belie her age. Hearing her sing and playing behind and with her make you catch your breath and re-discover a song which you’ve played so many times before. Sophisticated Lady, indeed.”
Uli Kempendorff, ICE

„Als Erstes denk ich an Lucias schöne warme Stimme und ihre ungewöhnliche supergenaue Phrasierung, die den Klang und die Farbe jedes Vokals perfekt formt. Es scheint nichts dem Zufall überlassen und trotzdem ist es so wunderbar frei. Sie hat diesen beobachtenden und abstrahierenden Blick von außen und gleichzeitig ist immer direkt die Emotion zu spüren, die hinter dem Text steht, wovon auch immer sie erzählt. Als ob sie ihre eigene Geschichte erzählen würde.“
Kathrin Pechlof

„Seit ich Lucia kenne, ist sie stets auf der Suche. So hat sie jetzt (nach Schneeweiss + Rosenrot, Yellow Bird, LIUN + The Sience Fiction Band) mit SPEAK LOW eine weitere musikalische Welt geschaffen, in der sie so befreit, direkt und stolz singt, wie nie zuvor.
SPEAK LOW. Große, alte Songs mit Freude und Ernsthaftigkeit und von abenteuerlichem Sound durchtränkt. Leise und filigran, sophisticated aber voller Energie. So bereichern die 3 die lange und unendlich bunte Jazzgeschichte, indem sie ihre Tradition im eigentlichen und besten Sinne weitertragen. Go, Speak Low!“

Philipp Gropper

“Sie hat dem Jazzgesang neuen Atem eingehaucht und experimentiert ständig weiter.”
Deutschland Funk Kultur