In many years, I have learned to move among apparently contrasting musical worlds. When I’m asked how is it possible to go straight from jazz to opera, I reply that ‘Musically it’s never an issue. Small things, like rehearsal times or late night hours, can be!’
I adore repertoire from the 20th century, and I have been exploring it for years in duo with pianist Andrea Rebaudengo. Our duo also works with two trios, involving clarinet player Gabriele Mirabassi and violist Danusha Waskiewicz. Pieces like Berio’s Folk Songs, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire or Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine have become part of me, and when I get back to my jazz quartet Special Dish or when I work with Uri Caine or Paolo Fresu, it feels like coming home.
I consider myself a jazz singer because jazz was my first love: I learned from the voices of Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, and many more. (...)
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