Chiara Izzi – Motifs

Label: Dot Time Records

Year: 2013

Cat Nr: DT9026


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Motifs is the debut recording from young Italian vocalist Chiara Izzi. Chiara caught the attention of Quincy Jones and was awarded 1st prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011.

Since her teens Chiara has been very active in the jazz community in Italy and has already performed at a number of high profile International jazz festivals and venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Aspen Jazz, Sarasota Jazz Festival, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Jazzahead, Italian Embassy Washington DC, grabbing the attention of a number of high profile musicians including Quincy Jones, Kevin Hays, Bobby Watson, Joel Frahm, Benny Golson, and many others.

Below you can find a number of testimonials:

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

“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. 

“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

“One of the few artists that we all get the pleasure to meet a few times in our life”. – Kevin Hays

Liner Notes from Javier Girotto:

“I first discovered Chiara via a link to a live recording on YouTube and was immediately impressed with her voice, her improvisations and the manner she in which interpreted her chosen repertoire. Chiara’s recording of “El Cacerolazo” is the first time that I have heard a voice interpret one of my compositions and not only this “El Cacerolazo” is one of the more challenging tunes that I have written.

After listening to the entire album I was entranced by the continuous creativity shown in her improvisations and the way she combines the many varied musical styles portrayed on the album. Not everyone is capable of moving from one genre to another while maintaining stylistic integrity in the effortless way Chiara does and in addition, her skill in the many languages she evokes on the album makes her in my opinion a multi-skilled artist.

I strongly recommend listening to this album. The emotion, technique and musicality of Chiara Izzi is outstanding. This, combined with the great band of supporting musicians that surpass technicality, accompany this beautiful voice with unlimited creativity and musical imagination.” – Javier Girotto