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Chiara Izzi

Chiara Izzi – Biography

Award winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara Izzi has been described by Jazz Times as “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated” after the release of her debut album “Motifs”. She started her musical path in Italy by learning to play the piano and performing very early. Thanks to an unstoppable live activity in Italy and abroad (Belgium, Switzerland, France, United States, Finland, Germany) she reached a great versatility that made her capable to acquire a vocal mastery of jazz tradition but also a remarkable skill in contemporary styles. This way Chiara has developed a unique sound that allows her to interpret music gaining the musical content from different genres (jazz, pop, Mediterranean sounds) blending it and exploring it through a strong personality that unifies all the songs in a very brilliant and mature way of singing.

She is currently living in New York and performs regularly around the city, having had already the chance to perform in prominent jazzclubs and venues including Iridium, Apollo Theater, Smalls, Bar Next Door, with some of the finest musicians like Kevin Hays, Eliot Zigmund, Warren Wolf, Anthony Wonsey, Pat Bianchi, Yotam Silberstein, and she has caught the attention of and received remarkable appraisals from Quincy Jones, Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Joel Frahm, Aaron Goldberg, David Kikosky, Greg Hutchinson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Dado Moroni and many others.

Chiara’s International debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, where she was awarded first prize by the living musical legend Quincy Jones. Following this award the vocalist was invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2012 opening Paco de Lucìa’s concert. Thanks to this award she had also the chance to record her debut album “Motifs” released by the New York based label Dot Time Records. The record has been presented in some well-known radio programs in Belgium, Holland (Radio Jazz meeting by Cynthia Thijs Coenraad), Italy (at Radio 24 by Gegé Telesforo, at  RTL 102.5 Cool by Roberto Uggeri, at Rai Radio 1 by Max de Tomassi) and received notable reviews in the US on Jazz Times, All About Jazz, Midwest Record, to name of few. After a constant live activity on the Italian musical scene, on April 2014 she was invited to perform at the Jazzahead Festival (Germany).

She participated in some important International competitions such as Voicingers 2012 (Poland), where she was selected as a finalist by a jury composed by Patricia Barber, Lars Danielsson and Thierry Quenum. She has also won some of the most important Italian jazz competitions to name a few, first prize in the prestigious Italian contest Lucca Jazz Donna 2010, in Lucca (Italy), third prize in the national contest Chicco Bettinardi 2010 in Piacenza (Italy). In July 2009 she was in the band that won the first prize in the international competition Barga Jazz, in Barga (Italy). In 2008 Norma Winstone, David Linx and Maria Pia de Vito chose her as a finalist for the International Jazz Competition Scrivere in Jazz, in Sassari (Italy). Chiara graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Frosinone in 2012 with a Masterʼs Degree in Jazz Music.

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“A talent to be heard, admired and anticipated” – Travis Rogers, Jazz Times

“Sister, you are very very talented!”Quincy Jones

“Motifs is her debut recording and immediately reveals a study, lightly-accented voice with a well-scrubbed sensual vitality that is fresh and crisp…Izzi joins as a force of nature with prodigious scat chops”Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

“She’s probably one of the best scatters out there right now, effortlessly melodic, effortlessly daring… jaw-dropping excitement for a new youthful wave of appreciation, and invention”Carol Banks Weber, AXS

“Having travelled to and performed in Italy for the last 35 years, I have met many Italian rising stars and have seen them to go on to achieve international recognition. Chiara is one of those rising stars that I speak of. She has the talent, passion, devotion, musicianship, and professionalism that is required for success”.Bobby Watson

“She has developed a distinctly original vocal style and understands the feeling of jazz in a deep way. Her performances never fail to inspire and always elicit the very best out of her sidemen”.Joel Frahm

“I can affirm that Chiara is a mature, brilliant and professional singer who will continue to contribute greatly to the jazz scene of the future”.Jonathan Kreisberg

Italian Version

Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2012

Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2012

Una voce dalla forte comunicativa quella della cantante e compositrice Chiara Izzi, la quale trasferitasi a New York ha già avuto occasione di calcare alcuni tra i più prestigiosi palchi della musica live della grande mela quali l’Iridium, l’Apollo Theater, Smalls, Bar Next Door, instaurando collaborazioni con musicisti del calibro di Kevin Hays, Eliot Zigmund, Warren Wolf, Anthony Wonsey, Pat Bianchi, Yotam Silberstein e tanti altri. Con un’innata sensibilità musicale Chiara è abile interprete della tradizione jazzistica e di stili contemporanei, ma allo stesso tempo cantautrice e compositrice dalle tante sfumature e influenze, che includono anche il pop, la canzone dʼautore, la musica brasiliana e sonorità mediterranee.

Il percorso artistico di Chiara inizia nell’adolescenza attraverso lo studio del piano e del canto, simultaneamente  ad un’intensa attività live. Dall’età di 17 anni ha la possibilità di sviluppare il suo talento suonando in tanti e diversi contesti musicali, con grandi musicisti tra cui, Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Massimo Manzi, Nicola Cordisco, Aldo Vigorito, Jerry Popolo, Sandro Deidda, Giorgio Rosciglione, Daniele Scannapieco, etc., con cui condivide esperienze musicali molto significative.

Il suo debutto sulla scena internazionale avviene nel 2011 in occasione di un concorso molto prestigioso collegato al Montreux Jazz Festival dove viene insignita del primo premio da Quincy Jones, presidente di giuria del concorso, nonché leggenda vivente delle musica internazionale. L’anno successivo la cantante, sotto invito diretto dello staff torna al Montreux Jazz Festival esibendosi questa volta su uno dei prestigiosi palchi del Festival, in apertura di Paco de Lucìa. È inoltre vincitrice di concorsi nazionali tra cui, Lucca Jazz Donna 2010, Chicco Bettinardi 2010 (terzo premio, sez.solisti) e Barga Jazz 2009 (sez.gruppi). E’ stata inoltre finalista a Voicingers Festival 2012 (Polonia), selezionata da una giuria costituita da Patricia Barber, Lars Danielsson e Thierry Quenum e ha partecipato a Scrivere in Jazz 2008 (sez. canto), scelta da David Linx, Maria Pia de Vito e Norma Winstone.

L’uscita nel 2013 dell’album di debutto “Motifs” per lʼetichetta newyorchese Dot Time Records l’ha portata a tenere concerti in Italia e allʼestero (Svizzera, Belgio, Francia, Finlandia, Stati Uniti) e a ricevere recensioni degne di nota su Jazz Times, All About Jazz Italia e USA, Midwest Record. L’album inoltre è stato presentato in alcuni importanti programmi radio in Belgio, Olanda (Radio Jazz meeting by Cynthia Thijs Coenraad), Italia (a Radio 24 da Gegé Telesforo, a RTL 102.5 Cool da Roberto Uggeri, a Rai Radio 1 da Max de Tomassi).

Si è esibita in diversi club sul territorio italiano ed estero (Svizzera, Belgio, Francia, Finlandia, Stati Uniti) e ha partecipato a note rassegne musicali e festival tra cui Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazzahead Festival, Libreria Feltrinelli, Voicingers Festival, Piacenza Jazz Festival, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, Elba Mediterraneo Jazz Festival, Eddie Lang Jazz Festival, Festival dei due Laghi, San Giazz…, Festival della Tradizione. La sua competenza in contesti musicali differenti, e le sue abilità musicali hanno valso sinceri elogi da musicisti quali Quincy Jones, Benny Golson, Kevin Hays, Joel Frahm, Javier Girotto, Bob Stoloff, Greg Hutchinson, Bobby Watson, Dado Moroni, Aaron Goldberg, Barry Harris, Jonathan Kreisberg, Curtis Lundy, David Kikosky e tanti altri. Nel 2012 consegue il Diploma accademico di II livello in musica Jazz presso il conservatorio L. Refice di Frosinone con il massimo dei voti e la lode. È inoltre laureata in Scienze della Comunicazione.

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“Sono rimasto estasiato per la sua continua inventiva nei soli in ogni pezzo con variegati stili musicali, cosa che non è da tutti sapersi muovere su più terreni e non solo stilisticamente ma anche nelle interpretazioni e nelle varie lingue scelte per cantare che fa di lei un’artista a 360°. Consiglio fortemente l’ascolto di questo disco per il sentimento, la tecnica, la musicalità, l’interpretazione di Chiara Izzi”Javier Girotto

“Il suo canto evidenzia uno slancio improvvisativo arioso, una brillante intonazione e una timbrica luminosa”.Angelo Leonardi, All About Jazz Italia

“A talent to be heard, admired and anticipated”Travis Rogers, Jazz Times USA

“Sister, you are very very talented!”Quincy Jones

“Motifs is her debut recording and immediately reveals a study, lightly-accented voice with a well-scrubbed sensual vitality that is fresh and crisp…Izzi joins as a force of nature with prodigious scat chops”Michael Bailey, All About Jazz USA

“Having travelled to and performed in Italy for the last 35 years, I have met many Italian rising stars and have seen them to go on to achieve international recognition. Chiara is one of those rising stars that I speak of. She has the talent, passion, devotion, musicianship, and professionalism that is required for success”.Bobby Watson