LUAH from Cologne – that’s Elsa Johanna Mohr (vocals, ukulele, percussion), Lena-Larissa Senge (vocals, synthesiser, percussion) and Ula Martyn-Ellis (vocals, guitar). The three young, trained musicians have their roots in jazz music, their compositions combine jazz, pop, folk and Brazilian music. LUAH sing in English and Portuguese (‘lua’ is Portuguese for ‘moon’), mix jazzy guitar lines with percussion, glockenspiel and synthesizer sounds, creating their very own folk jazz sound between mainstream and avant-garde.
The trio won the audience award at the Jazztube Festival in Bonn in 2019. In the same year, LUAH released their debut album Sunlit. In spring 2021, the band recorded their second studio album, which is expected to be released in autumn.
“LUAH have carved out their own niche with sunny vocals, folky arrangements and jazzy harmonies. In the process, a kinship to early Joni Mitchell can be detected, a pinch of acoustic dream-pop feeling is added, and the spice results from samba and bossa interspersions in the repertoire.” (Jazz thing)
“Their arrangements have an irresistible effect in this diversity, like the pull of a swing door, into a sophisticated and above all colourful hotel of the extra class.” (Generalanzeiger Bergneustadt)
“Three very different voices, sounding interesting, exciting individually, are beguilingly beautiful together” (Bonner Generalanzeiger)