Leon Somov & Jazzu

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Leon Somov & Jazzu
Leon Somov and Jazzu @ "Lees and Seas" album tour 2013.jpg
Leon Somov and Jazzu performing in Vilnius, 2013
Background information
Years active2005 (2005)–2018 (2018)
MembersLeonas Somovas
Justė Arlauskaitė

Leon Somov & Jazzu was a Lithuanian electronica band. The group were made up of Leonas Somovas, also known as Leon Somov, and Justė Arlauskaitė, also known as Jazzu.


In 2008 Leon Somov & Jazzu started to perform with a live band consisting of 5 musicians: drums, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard, laptop and fX, vocals. The team was touring in Lithuania, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Ireland. Biggest hits are ‘Score’, ‘Phantoms of the Lake’, ‘Song about love, ‘You don’t know my name’ and new tracks – ‘Pretender’, ‘You and me’, ‘Lower than the Ground’.[1]

From their debut in 2005, vocalist Jazzu and producer Leon Somov perform in full-band live shows consisting of sophisticated IDM clicks, elegant synthetic melodies and more experimental sounds, gently waving atmosphere, meaningful lyrics all spiced up by warm and lighter-than-air Jazzu voice.

In 2 December, 2017, the duet reported that they would split in 2018. [2]


Leon Somov (Leonas Somovas) has been creating music for more than 10 years. He is an acknowledged sound engineer, producer and electronic music composer. Leon’s musical career began in a metal band. Later he became a producer of such Lithuanian artists like Jurga Šeduikytė, Petras Geniušas, and Jazzu.[3] He also works with contemporary art projects and creates music for theatre plays. Leonas Somovas has collaborated with the renowned theatre director Eimuntas Nekrošius.

Jazzu (Justė Arlauskaitė) started singing jazz at the age of 13. As a soloist, she performed with big-bands and in various jazz projects in Lithuania and abroad. At 15 she became a singer of the Lithuanian electronic band Pieno Lazeriai (aka 'Milky Lasers'). After graduating from music school and Juozas Tallat Kelpša Conservatory, she moved to London to study vocal singing at Thames Valley University. In 2005 Jazzu met producer Leon Somov and got involved into electronic music. Now Jazzu is working on her solo album with the Swedish Music Agency Mr. Radar.


Album Year
Offline 2007
Offline Remixed 2008
Updated 2009
Score 2010
Lees and Seas 2013
Istorijos 2015
Moments 2016

Awards and nomination[edit]

In 2009 Leon Somov & Jazzu were granted Best Baltic Act award at 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. 2011 they won 'Best Electronic Music Band' award at Lithuanian music association awards M.A.M.A..[4] In 2011 and 2012 Jazzu won ‘Best Female Singer of the Year’ and in 2012 Leon Somov became ‘Producer of the Year’. In 2013 ‘Leon Somov & Jazzu’ won 3 awards – ‘Best Electronic Music Band’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Band of the Year’ at Lithuanian music association awards (M.A.M.A.)

Year Award Category Nominee/work Result
2009 EMA Best Baltic Act Leon Somov & Jazzu Won
2011 M.A.M.A. Best Electronic Music Band Won
Best Female Act Jazzu Won
2012 Won
Best Producer Leon Somov Won
2013 Best Live Act Leon Somov & Jazzu Won
Best Electronic Act Won
Best Band Won
Best Album "Lees and seas" Won
2014 Best Band Leon Somov & Jazzu Won
2015[5] Best Pop Act Won
Best Band Won
Best Album "Istorijos" Nominated
Best Song "Po mano oda" Nominated
LATGA Most Popular Composer Leon Somov Won
2016 Best Band Leon Somov & Jazzu Won
Best Live Act Won
Best Song "Gaila" Nominated



  1. ^ http://www.music.lt/lt/grupe/Leon-Somov-Jazzu/2298/
  2. ^ https://www.15min.lt/m/id/vardai/muzika/isiro-jazzu-ir-leono-somovo-duetas-muzikantai-suka-skirtingais-keliais-1054-890436
  3. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/Leon+Somov
  4. ^ http://www.alfa.lt/straipsnis/15237657/apdovanojimuose-m-a-m-a-2013-triumfavo-leon-somov-ir-jazzu#.U02JZPmSx1Y
  5. ^ "M.A.M.A 2015: trigubas Monikos Linkytės triumfas, metų grupė – "Leon Somov & Jazzu"". Žmonės.lt. Retrieved 6 February 2016.