The Raisa Swing Collective - founded by Bart Rozemeijer in 2004 - comprises musicians from various cultures: Israeli, German, Argentinean, Swiss and Dutch. Combining their different cultural backgrounds and influences, these musicians create Raisa's unique sound. Since it's birth in 2004 Raisa has constantly been on the move. It's music has evolved into a mélange of American song book (swing, bossa nova, waltz, samba, rumba, bolero), influences from contemporary jazz and their roots in gipsy-jazz. Like the traditional gipsy-jazz, Raisa's sound is based on the rhythm guitar and double bass, respectively played by band leader and rhythm guitarist Bart Rozemeijer and double bass player Andreas Metzler, who has been with Raisa from the beginning. This basis is enlarged by soloists David Golek on guitar, Natalio Sued on tenor saxophone singer Lils Mackintosh and Benni von Gutzeit on viola. Raisa's musicians have played concerts at Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Bimhuis and elsewhere and they have played with Ravi Coltrane, Lonnie Smith, Rosenberg Trio, Bireli Lagrene and others. '...what makes them so uniquely different is their repertoire combined with almost effortless conversion into a gipsy-jazz idiom. A big compliment indeed! They perform with a smooth and natural flair. Absolutely recommended.' review HotClubNews, Germany. 'This group demonstrates a maturity with a natural musical talent. They have discovered a nice refreshing sound with a balance between gipsy and modern jazz; it's fresh, light as a feather and nevertheless it swings.' review Francis Couvreux (Etudes Tziganes), France. 'On a high technical level but also with a remarkable feeling, Raisa swings!..' review HotClubNews, Germany. '...that the choice of your repertoire couldn't be better. The soloist is well accompanied by a very impressive mix of rhythm-guitar and double bass.' '...you've succeed ed in setting down a very good swing. Congratulations.' review Carlos Alejandro (Radio Universidad Nacional), Argentina.