Lea Maria Fries, a young Swiss vocalist stands out with her tempting timbre. She uses her energetic and profound approach and expressive articulation in various musical contexts. Jazz, pop, improvisation: her versatility and unique style are visible in various bands and projects. At the moment she feels very comfortable with urban pulsation and the crackling of electro-accoustic textures, where the boundary of sound and song are amalgamating, which is mostly audible in her current band Vsitor. Lea Maria Fries is equipped with a strong instinct for rhythm and groove and knows how to phrase and navigate with very distinct timbres. Sensible for a coherent sound-aesthetic, she unfolds her crisp vocabulary and understands it, to knit groove, space and melody together to a tightly woven tension.


Lea Maria Fires, born 1989 in Switzerland, played the piano for five years before she started to discover her vocal talent at age 14. After graduating from high school, she started studying Jazz Vocals at the Lucerne School of Music. She had the pleasure to learn from Susanne Abbuehl, HP Pfammatter, Wolfgang Zwieauer, Bettina Klöti and many more. In 2010, she participated as the youngest and only Swiss artist in the semi-finals of the international Jazz Vocal Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Quincy Jones in the jury. In 2014 she completed her MA in Music Performance with Lauren Newton and Hans Feigenwinter. From early on, Lea Fries became a popular sidewoman in various bands and projects, among others with Lauren Newton, Peter Schärli, Mario Hänni, Dominik Burkhalter, Roberto Bossard, HP Pfammatter or Sebastian Strinning. She is influenced by jazz, pop, rock, electronic and black music and also loves improvisation. 
As a performer and leader she blends and distills all these influences in bands such as Vsitor, with the guitar player David Koch and Valentin Liechti on drums, with her new quartet 22° halo or in other projects. With her versatile voice and her keen sense of rhythm, groove and phrasing, she stands out in a variety of contexts. 
Since seven years, Lea Maria Fries is an active vocal coach and has been working privately as well as at different schools in Switzerland.  



Lea Maria Fries is an exceptionally talented and remarkable singer. She is creative and authentic in her interpretations of compositions as well as in the writing and singing of her own originals. Her vocal improvisations, with or without lyrics, are captivating and imaginative, with a luscious voice this listener can gladly surrender to.

Lauren Newton, Vocalist



19/06/18 Koch/Fischer/LMF Private Event Willisau (CH)

01/09/18 22°Halo Jazz Festival Willisau (CH)

18/10/18 22° Halo Jazz Club Aarau (CH)

22/11/18 22° Halo Café Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (D)

23/11/18 22° Halo TBA Berlin (D)

24/11/18 22° Halo Blaue Fabrik Dresden (D)

25/11/18 22° Halo TBA Passau (D)

27/11/18 22° Halo Jazz ohne Stress Freiburg (D)

29/11/18 22° Halo Salon Hombis Zürich (CH)

30/11/18 22° Halo Esse Musicbar Winterthur (CH)

1/12/18 22° Halo TBA (CH)

14/01/19 22° Halo  Jazz in Baden Isebähnli Baden (Suisse Diagonales Jazz)

20/01/19 22° Halo Le Singe Biel (Suisse Diagonales Jazz) 

21/01/19 22° Halo Gambrinus Jazz Plus St. Gallen (Suisse Diagonales Jazz) 

25/01/19 22° Halo BeJazz Bern (Suisse Diagonales Jazz) 

01/02/19 22° Halo Ferme-Asile Sion (Suisse Diagonales Jazz) 

02/02/19 22° Halo Kulturscheune Liestal (Suisse Diagonales Jazz) 

14/02/19 22° Halo Moods Zürich (Suisse Diagonales Jazz) 

16/02/19 22° Halo Casa Cavalier Biasca (Suisse Diagonales Jazz) 





Past Gigs (Extract)

22/05/18 22° Halo Mehrspur Zürich (CH)
21/04/18 22° Halo Cully Jazz Festival (CH)
14/04/18 22° Halo Stanser Musiktage Stans (CH)
16/02/18 22° Halo Kiste Stuttgart (D)
15/02/18 22° Halo Neubad Luzern (CH)
28/09/17 LMF & Marc Méan Match & Fuse Festival  Zürich (CH)
22/09/17 Marianne Racine Quartet feat. LMF Kulturhaus Helferei Zürich (CH)
12/08/17 LMF & Marc Méan Bau 4 Altbüron (CH)
17/06/17 Vsitor B Sides Festival Luzern (CH)
15/06/17 VsitorGDM Session Sender Zürich (CH)
10/06/17 LMF & Marc Méan Rathausbühne Willisau (CH)
02/05/17 Vsitor Volgograd (RUS)
30/05/17 Vsitor Ablehaven Slomensk (RUS)
28/05/17 Vsitor Imagine Cafe Moskau (RUS)
26/05/17 Vsitor Nizhny Novgorod (RUS)
21/05/17 Vsitor Artel Sterlitamak (RUS)
19/05/17 Vsitor K34 Belgorod (RUS)
21/04/17 Vsitor Schurkenkeller Berlin (D)
17/02/17 Vsitor Kaffee Mokka Thun (CH)
15/02/17 Vsitor Café Singer Basel (CH)
28/01/17 Vsitor Galao Stuttgart (D)
27/01/17 Vsitor Volksbad Buckau Magdeburg (D)
26/01/17 Vsitor Karton Bremen (D)
24/01/17 Vsitor Schlosskeller Darmstadt (D)
20/01/17 Vsitor Neubad Klub Plattentaufe Luzern (CH)
18/01/17 Vsitor Bar 3000 Zürich (CH)
22/12/16 Vsitor Café du Commerce Biel (CH)
15/12/16 LMF /John Hollenbeck Small Ensemble ZhdK Mehrspur Zürich (CH)
07/12/16 Vsitor Centre Fries Fribourg (CH)
01/12/16 Vsitor Pipi Royal Berlin (D)
30/11/16 Vsitor Wäremhalle Süd Leipzig (D)
29/11/16 Vsitor Cafe Neustadt Praha (CZE)
26/11/16 Vsitor Taverna Timisoara (ROU)
24/11/16 Vsitor Kramladen Wien (AUT)
23/11/16 Vsitor A38 Budapest (HUN)

26/08/16 Nuun Jazz Festival Auvernier (CH)
06/08/16 Invictis Pax Festival Luzern (CH)
27/05/16 Vsitor Tap Tab Jazzfestival Schaffhausen (CH)
02/05/16 Vsitor The Great Räng Teng Teng Freiburg i Brsg (D)
30/04/16 Vsitor Kleintheater Luzern (CH)
22/04/16 Vsitor Grabenhalle St.Gallen (CH)
13/04/16 Nuun Bar Tausend Berlin (D)
14/11/15 Vsitor Freundlich & Kompetent Hamburg
12/11/15 Vsitor Spice Of Live London
17/10/15 Nuun Neubad Luzern
15/10/15  Nuun ABC, La Chaux de Fonds
14/10/15 Nuun BarKing Neuchâtel
23/02/16 Vsitor KEX Reykjavik (ISL)
27/11/15 Vsitor Veränderbar Dresden (D)
26/11/15 Vsitor Souterrain Prague (CZE)
20/11/15 Vsitor Gelegenheiten Berlin (D)
15/11/15 Vsitor Wohnzimmerkonzerte Magdeburg (D)
14/11/15 Vsitor Freundlich & Kompetent Hamburg (D)
12/11/15 Vsitor Spice Of Live London (UK)
17/10/15 Nuun Neubad Luzern (CH)
15/10/15  Nuun ABC, La Chaux de Fonds (CH)
05/09/15 Stimmorchester Ausstellung Geld Lenzburg (CH)
21/08/15 Vsitor Schüür Luzern (CH)
21/05/15 SRPKNG Moods Zürich (CH)
19/04/15 Vsitor Max & Moritz Berlin (D)
05/04/15 Vsitor Ladybar Basel (CH)
02/04/14 Vsitor La Catrina Zürich (CH)
15/03/15 Vsitor Hangar 49 Berlin (D)
30/01/15 Vsitor Plattentaufe Südpol Luzern (CH)
06/06/14 Vsitor Jazzkantine Luzern (CH)
04/01/14  HSLU BigBand feat. LMF Kursaal Engelberg (CH)
14/06/13  Blindflug Mullbau Luzern (CH)
11/11/13  Roberto Bossard feat. LMF AIGE Zug (CH)
31/10/12  Peter Schärli Trio feat. LMF Ronmühle Keller Schötz (CH)