Essenza is best described as a collage quartet, whose sound is the unique culmination of Elegant Electronics, moody guitars, and sultry vocals. Sonically pleasing on every level, Essenza's Haunting Melodies will sink deep into your head and keep you humming from dawn till dreams.
Founded by electronica programmer, Jim Vanaria and guitarist, Ryan Snyder (formerly of Serotonin), the Chicago-based band began as scratch recordings of Imaginative Guitar Melodies bolstered by an array of subtle electronic beats. Jim, a long-time devotee of Industrial & Chicago House, and Ryan, a veteran of the Punk Rock scene, both had a surprisingly similar taste for the softer side of music. After a year of casually experimenting with various soundscapes, while combining elements of their inherently different musical backgrounds, the two decided to let their sound emerge to discover its true beauty.
Joined by vocalist Jane Zabeth and bassist, Erin Piepergerdes in the fall of 2003, Essenza's harmonic butterfly was now ready to unfurl. Jane's delicate yet emotionally confident voice and Intimate Lyrics bring forth an incredible richness to Essenza's exclusive sound, while Erin's Fluid Basslines disseminate in boundless resonation.