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Vocalist - Italy
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Chiara started her musical path in her native Italy, by learning to play the piano and performing very early. She developed versatility thanks to a multitude of performances in Italy and abroad in Belgium, Switzerland, France, the United States, Finland and Germany, which led to her vocal mastery of traditional jazz along side contemporary styles. Chiara's sound is based on her own unique interpretation of a fusion of different genres, including jazz, pop and Mediterranean sounds. Chiara's Internaitonal debut took place at the Montreu Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, where she was awarded first prize by the living musical legend Quincy Jones.
Following this award the vocailst was invited to open for Paco de Lucia's concert at the Montreux Jazz Festivali n 2012. 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.
She is currently living in New York and performs regularly around the world. Some of her notable performances occurred ( in prominent venues such as Montreux Jazz Festival, The Iridium, Apollo Theater, Aspen Jazz Festival, Jazz Ahead, Italian Embassy in Washington DC, and Smalls. She's also graced the stage with some of the finest musicians, including Kevin Hays, Leon Parker, Bruce Barth, Eliot Zigmund, Warren Wolf, Anthony Wonsey, among many others. Chiara graduated with honors with a Master's Degree in Jazz Music in Italy and she has caught the attention of and received remarkable appraisals from Quincy Jones, Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Kevin Hays, Eliot Zigmund, Joel Frahm, Aaron Goldberg, David Kikosky, Greg Hutchinson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Dado Moroni and many others.
Adapted from Chiara Izzi's website: http://www.chiaraizzi.com/