Many young musicians can’t envision creating in the realm of electronica without visual software and the great equalizing features that correct and simplify the arrangement process. The Zurich musician Luca Burkhalter and his project Zebra stampede head-on into audio-visual and psychedelic territory by way of their modular melting of different styles. Basically, their visual sound excursions are rooted in what’s generally called contemporary pop but what’s more, they progress to an astonishing and ultimately successful melting of the genres. Including dance tracks, this band’s a feast for eye and ear that will immerse your mind, body and soul. Zebra’s billed as an electro-pop-project but at its core the work is rooted in their autonomous compositions as well. Compositions that are like delirious spin-offs from a whizzing turntable from which emerge visual and musical excursions, lifting off in synthesis and exalted by billowing and surging drum machines, interwoven bass lines, crystal clear song lines and the droning of towers of synthesizers.
Nothing from nothing leads to nothing. Lucas spent time in St. Louis studying the jazz piano and signed up for a summer course at The Berklee College of Music in Boston. He toured Switzerland solo with a Mundart project, collaborated with several musicians and visual artists in Berlin, Leipzig and Hamburg and joined the pop band Baba Shrimp which opened for Kings of Leon at the Hallenstadion here. He scored computer-animated film sequences for the exhibition «Gotthard landscape - an unexpected view» which was shown at the Biennale De Venezia 2015.
Are you ready for their take-off at the place famous for its take-offs? The sonic travelers in this band are Lucas Burkhalter (concepts, songs, keyboards, vocals), Moritz Vontobel (electronic drums, fx,), Benji Hartwig (bass, fx) and Christoph Besch (mix).