Anoushka Lucas

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Last Show: Monday 18 th February 2019

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Anoushka Lucas is a composer, theatre maker and jazz singer from London. Described as a “raw, natural talent” by Neil Cowley and “an exceptional voice and a great songwriter” by Jamie Cullum, Anoushka’s first breakthrough came when she won the 2013 Jazz FM ‘opening act’ competition to open the first Love Supreme Festival. In early 2014 she met producer Martin Terefe. Along with drummer Karl Brazil and keyboard-player Glen Scott, Anoushka and Martin began writing and recording her debut album together.

They crafted a new sound, much wider and experimental than her solo material that effortlessly combines jazz, blues and pop into an unearthly and unique sound. After four long years the resulting album “Dark Soul” isan exploration of all facets of a relationship. Her experiences create an unflinching autobiographical honesty in her music but this, combined with a sensitive warmth and her stinging sense of humour peppering her concerts, makes for a performative experience that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Lucas’ incredible live band band (Ben Reed, Joseph Costi and Yusuf Ahmed) will be treating the Pizza Express Live audience to a scintillating evening of stunning jazz, hilarious anecdotes and a night to remember from one of the “best songwriters of her generation” (606).

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"A classic voice" - Jamie Cullum, BBC Introducing, Radio 2

"It was clear to all that she had a natural and rich talent and was confident enough in it to just simply... sing. She has a beautiful tone to her voice." - Neil Cowley

Anoushka Lucas was born and raised in London, the daughter of a Franco-Cameroonian mother and a British-Indian father.  After graduating from Oxford University where she read Russian and Italian, she returned to London to carve out a career as a singer and songwriter, working her way up through open mic nights at the Half Moon, Troubadour and other UK venues.

Described as a “raw, natural talent” by Neil Cowley, Anoushka’s first breakthrough came when she won the 2013 Jazz FM ‘opening act’ competition to open the first Love Supreme Festival. Around the same time, Anoushka met playwright Ché Walker, with whom she started collaborating on original plays. In 2014, Anoushka and Ché joined forces with the father of Neo-Soul Omar Lyefook, to compose an original musical “Klook’s Last Stand”, which premiered in London in 2014, and had its US premiere in February 2018. Following on from the London production, Anoushka and Che collaborated with Sheila Atim to write “The Etienne Sisters”, bringing in Nikki Yeoh as pianist and MD for the original production at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

In 2014, after singing at the 10th Anniversary Kensaltown Studio party, Anoushka met producer Martin Terefe. Along with drummer Karl Brazil and keyboard-player Glen Scott, Anoushka and Martin began writing and recording her debut album together. They crafted a new sound, much wider and experimental than her solo material. Her first single from this album - ‘Dark Soul’ - was released as a digital single in September 2017 and its first performance came on Radio 2’s BBC Introducing courtesy of an invitation from Jamie Cullum. A second digital single ‘Water Under The Bridge’ was released in February 2018.

Anoushka's debut album is set for release later this year. She is delighted to be be returning to Pizza Express, having previously played shows at Dean Street and the Pheasantry, which she hugely enjoyed.

www.anoushkalucas.com

Anoushka Lucas ( vocals)

Ben Reed (bass)

Yusuf Ahmed (drums)

And special guests