Zorita is a band formed around the songs of Belgian/Spanish singer and songwriter Carlos Zorita Diaz. The core of the music is inspired by stories, poems and thoughts. Somewhat like the songs of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, they take you somewhere.
Based in Amsterdam, we like to blend our songs with influences from all over the world into catchy pop music. Our songs bring to mind the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the lake near your grandmother's house, the Baltic and many other places that appeal to our imagination. Some people compare our sound to Calexico, Lhasa de Sela and Manu Chao. Others say we sound like the Quentin Tarantino house band.
Most of our songs carry some form of melancholy, and whenever possible we like to put that to a nice rhythm. Because if you are going to be melancholic, you might as well be shaking your hips.
Zorita musicians are:
Carlos Zorita Diaz (Vocals, guitar, banjo, and more stringed instruments)
Joost Abbel (Electric guitar, banjo, pedal steel)
Robert Koomen (Bass, backing vocals)
Jarno van Es (Keys, accordion, melodica)
Thomas Geerts (Trumpet)
René van Haren (Trombone)
Abel de Vries (Drums, backing vocals)