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ERIK LEUTHÄUSER performs the song "SQUARE PIECE" for BalconyTV.
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Erik lives in Berlin where he studies Vocal Jazz. The award-winning young singer released his debut album In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee on MONS Records in November of 2015. It features Bebop with German Vocalese lyrics and was nominated for a critics prize of the German record industry called “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. In April 2016 he won the first prize at the “Riga Jazz Stage” International Vocal Jazz Competition in Latvia. In June 2016 he also won the first prize at the “Big Sky 2016” Jazz Voice Competition in Moscow and in July 2016 he received the 2nd prize and the audience prize at the world renowned and prestigious „Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition“. Furthermore Erik was one of the Top 5 vocalists at the International „Made in NY Jazz Competition“ in 2016. The young singer was also a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Germany (BuJazzO) between 2014-2016 an d various other ensembles including a professional a capella group.
Erik was born in a little town near Dresden in Germany in 1996. Erik came in contact with jazz music at a very young age through his father, who studied jazz guitar and works as a guitar teacher. Erik went to a musical high school and after his a-levels in 2014 he started studying Vocal Jazz in Weimar with the jazz singer Michael Schiefel. Erik now studies at the Jazz Institute Berlin. Erik has toured with various ensembles to Denmark, Ecuador, France, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey and is appearing regularly with well known German and international Jazz musicians in Jazz Clubs and Festivals in Germany. Currently he is working on his second studio record which will be released by the German Record Label „Edel/MPS“ in 2018. Produced by American bass player Greg Cohen featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel/guitar, Elias Stemeseder/pno and Joey Baron/drums.
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