Musically sophisticated and lyrically smart, Zrazy inhabit a unique place in Irish contemporary music. The garlanded song-writing team of vocalist Maria Walsh and pianist, saxophonist Carole Nelson boast a lengthy and critically acclaimed creative partnership that has recorded six albums, toured much of the world and have won an array of awards globally. Zrazy are a unique amalgamation of pop, jazz and celtic influences that have continued to radiate positivity and accumulate accolades throughout their 20 year career:
· USA GLAMA 2000 for Best Song with Remember (that you did it first with me),
· USA OutMusic 2006 Award for Best Album Dream On,
· Gold Disc for a No.1 Hit in Ireland with Ooh aah Paul McGrath for Italia '90.
· USA BillBoard song competition in the top 3 winners with Private Wars '99.
The long awaited new studio album The Art of Happy Accidents was released Oct 2015. It has won high praise from the press:
‘Irish Duo return with dazzling new collection…The Art of Happy Accidents……Maria Walsh and Carole Nelson have musical talent to burn…... …The duo specialise in a blend of smooth jazz, cocktail lounge soul and funk that’s infused with dance-come-electronica textures and rhythms – topped with lithe and enchanting vocals. These diverse elements are melded, and duly stamped with the unique Zrazy signature, It is one hell of a brew.’ … All told, The Art of Happy Accidents is the work of a class act.’ - 7/10 Colm O Hare, Hot Press
‘..Joyous….sultry…Lauren Murphy, Irish Times
‘…Classy pop jazz ‘ - Cormac Larkin
‘..Maria’s delightfully soulful, often sultry, jazzy voice is the mainstay combined with Carole’s often emphatically rhythmic piano style reminiscent of Bill Sharpe’s piano playing in Shakatak. Echoes of Imagination, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai and the like come to mind in their accessible blend of jazz, funk, soul and pop with elements of modern programming.. - ’Kevin T.O’Hare - Shire Folk Magazine, UK
LIVE GIGS review quotes:
“ Zrazy leave you with your hips swivelling and brainwaves firing, hungry for more” – Siobhain Long, Irish Times
"..Zrazy are world class" - BBC GLR Radio, UK
“Fabulous live performers, joyous and irreverent.. Dublin Event Guide
“They take their audiences on a roller coast ride of music that is downright soulful and sexy” Time Out, London
“World beats into jazzy grooves to celtic soul and pagan funk rhythms, audiences have taken them to their hearts the world over” Toronto Star