The multifaceted vocalist-composer and actress Lana Is has already won widespread acclaim in Europe, both for her own visionary releases, her acting work and for her work as a versatile collaborator who has lent her talents to a diverse array of projects with a wide assortment of rock, pop, contemporary classical and jazz musicians such as John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen, Dan Weiss, Michael Mantler, Manu Delago (Bjork) and many more.
Some of these projects took her on the road to perform venues and festivals such as “The Winter Jazzfest”, “Kyoto Music Expo”, “Musikverein”, “Konzerthaus Wien”, “Porgy&Bess”, “The Blue Note”, “The Stone”, “Roulette” and “The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY”.
Lana Cencic is the daughter of a well-known family of classical musicians from Zagreb with an avant-garde jazz-pop-rock album recorded in New York, among others with guitarist Brandon Seabrook, known for his John-Zorn-like free-spirited playing.
The album shows very diverse songs, some like a mild version of Ani Di Franco, some experimental onomatopoeia with atonal multi-layered singing and exciting instrumental ornamentation, some studded with abstract references to Balkan folklore. Music without regimentation and fixed forms: fascinating.