The sound of the piano is the very first thing

I remember. My dad used to play some songs for me when I was a child and I grew up surrounded by his music. I started writing my own songs when I was about 12 years old. I always wanted to play and sing at the same time but there was a small problem… I couldn’t practice on a regular basis because I kept breaking bones!! That’s right, I was a very “active” child and most of my friends from school remember me for my strawberry blond hair and a cast on my arm ;-) I broke my left arm eight times in my life and ended needing titanium plates installed permanently on both of my bones. Not a perfect condition for practicing the piano!!

Although I’ve done most of my practicing as an adult I’m trying to do my best despite my movement limitations. I write all of my songs with the piano, some of them stay that way and others get rearranged for guitar or sometimes the whole band. I also enjoy playing cover songs by my favourite artists - bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Eva Cassidy, Fiona Apple or Sting, to name just a few :-) 

J'écris avant tout avec le cœur. Je parle de ce qui me touche le plus. La nostalgie de mon enfance, de chez moi, mes relations avec mes amis et ma famille, et bien sur... l'amour! Mes chansons sont pop/folk. et mes inspirations sont nombreuses. J'ai grandi au son du blues/rock des années 60/70.

words & music by ZUZA

As I said, I started writing songs as a young teenager, but it was not until quite recently that I have decided to bring them all into the light and play them :-) I write about things that touch me the most - missing my home, missing my younger years, looking back to some old friendships, family, and of course love. My songs are mainly pop and folk tunes. I write melodies and chord structures using my piano and a Mac computer. Sometimes I arrange all the parts for the other instruments as well. 

The Beatles cover by ZUZA

Apart from the piano, I also play the flute. I have quite vast knowledge of music theory & harmony as I have a diploma from jazz & stage music (The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland). My main subject there was singing, so my songs are very melodic, lyrics-orientated, often with many background vocals. I love arranging vocal harmonies! I hope to have a band where everyone sings one day :-) 

I listen to lots of different kinds of music. I was raised on the blues & rock from the 60s – 70s, my favourite band in high school was Led Zeppelin ;-) But also Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel, The Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull… and many others! I have definitely had my progressive period, I even played in a progressive rock band in my early university years. But then I started studying at the jazz department and I discovered the fantastic voices of Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone... Oh, that list is endless! And it keeps expanding :-) 

Je joue du piano et de la flute traversière. J'ai aussi une connaissance approfondie du solfège et des harmonies, ayant obtenu un diplôme dans le jazz et la musique de scène (L'académie de musique Karol Szymanowski à Katowice, Poland). Mon sujet principal étant le chant, mes chansons sont très mélodiques, basées sur les paroles, avec souvent beaucoup de chœurs. Je rêve un jour d'avoir un groupe où tout le monde chante! :-)

Mon groupe préféré au lycée, c'était Led Zeppelin! Mais j'écoutais aussi Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull… et d'autres. Puis je me suis passionnée pour le rock progressif. J'avais même mon propre groupe à l'université! Et puis en étudiant à la faculté de jazz, j'ai découvert la magie des voies d'Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone. La liste est longue! Enfin, n'oublions pas ces artistes, qui ont aussi beaucoup comptés pour moi: The Beatles, Queen, Sting, David Gilmour, Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel...