Setting up Spare Room Studios

It's been over a year since we've posted a new song -- 2016 was jam-packed for us. Rebecca lived up in the mountains during the winter, then we moved into a new place together in April. Chris worked in Paris the second half of 2016, so we haven't had much time at home. Musically, our 2016 highlights were: - Chris's dream-come-true, Bucket List Read more [...]

A new tune from our Spare Room Studios

We're learning a new song and thought we'd record it to share with you. Modern technology is so amazing - we can do this in just a couple hours. Chris sets up a little equipment in his spare room, lays down a piano track & then I sing over it... this time from a hallway because we hoped the sound quality would be better. We hope you enjoy this latest Read more [...]

Thanks to Education…

Saturday night at the Dolder Grand Hotel, Room to Read held it's Fifth Annual Gala Dinner in Zurich. Music & Luggage is honored to have provided live music for the apero hour each of the last three years. It's the musical highlight of our year. Thanks to education, Chris and I were qualified to take positions in academia and financial services Read more [...]

Chris gives voice to The Swiss Explorer

As part of his project to live his unlived life, Music & Luggage's Chris Ensor has been trying out all kinds of new experiences and developing hobbies he'd not spent much time on. One of those paths less traveled in Chris's life was doing voiceover work. Look at what he's done now!  It's Swiss Airlines' most popular YouTube campaign to date, launched Read more [...]

M&L’s Chris Ensor launches his first solo album

You may have read about Chris's first experience with improvisation in his blog post, Improvising Life. Now he's captured this approach in his first solo album entitled Notebook. He says:   I’ve created many hours of music over the years and never recorded it. So I decided to change all that. That’s how this album came about. The tracks Read more [...]
Room to Read

Dreams Come True! M&L plays Dolder Grand for Room to Read

Talk about great music (if we may say so ourselves) and dreams come true! We've been working hard for weeks to get ready to kick-off the 3rd Annual Zürich Chapter Room to Read Gala at the Dolder Grand Ballroom this Saturday night, November 9. If you're not familiar with John Wood and Room to Read, we cannot recommend the organization highly enough. Read more [...]

Improvising Life

I love to improvise on the piano. To play by feel, however I want. No rules, just make it up as I go along. It's the ultimate in musical self-expression. Yet the first time I was asked to improvise by our school jazz band leader, I was amazed. I didn't see how it could be done. Up until then I'd been a diligent music student, learning all the rules, Read more [...]

How to Make Magic Happen

At the very last minute, we planned an informal meet-up at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. Actually the fantastic concierge, Josie, at our new favorite hotel, The Nines, found a venue for us: the Portland Piano Company. This took something. I asked soooo many people to help us find someplace to play. This afternoon we made our way Read more [...]

North American debut!

Music & Luggage made an informal stop at The Black Dog in Snoqualmie, WA just outside Seattle. No sound check, great crowd, here's a bit of what came out. This was so easy and SO MUCH FUN. It confirms for us we're on to something. We hope you enjoy. The attire is more informal than our Zurich gigs, but we were by far the most fancy folks in the Read more [...]