Whatismu is the vision of guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Lorrie Kountz. After 30 successful years of teaching, recording and performing with various projects, Lorrie found herself searching for a personal challenge, and created a hybrid of music that expresses the deepest of emotions--without words. Collaborating with guitarist Laura Jansons, they began experimenting with different instruments, sounds, and melodies recording their ideas in their home studio. Whatismu's demo attracted immediate attention from producers Lee and Jolee Popa, who proceeded to produce and engineer the project in Portland, Oregon. Their debut recording was released in May of 2015 on both vinyl and CD.

During the spring of 2016, Whatismu was back in the studio crafting new material. Recording their second CD release at Garden Apartment Studio in Chicago with producer/engineer John Esposito, 'Mara' was released September of 2016.

In 2018 Whatismu took a break from writing and performing, adding drummer Jeff Fite and bassist Art Scheer. Changing their name to the Lorrie Kountz Band, they performed Classic Rock, Progressive Rock and originals gaining major attention in the Chicago music scene.

August of 2019, LKB began morphing back into Whatismu, as the members began collaborating on originals.Their third CD will be recorded and released April, 2020.

"As the music evolves, expands, contracts and doesn't let go, you will no doubt enjoy the experience".

Join us for Record Release Party for our New CD "Into Frenzy" at MT Barrels in Schaumburg on April 18th, 2020!


2016 Release MARA: To Purchase, Click HERE

Check out the Whatismu interview and live acoustic performance at Tom Lounge's Midwest Beat on Lake Shore Public Radio/NPR: Whatismu

Promo from our new 2020 release, "Into Frenzy":



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18 April 2020
MT Barrels

Schaunburg, IL