Elisabetta Antonini


Elisabetta Antonini

Elisabetta Antonini is the first Italian artist to sign with the prestigious English label Candid, produced by the record historian Alan Bates, wins the Top Jazz 2014 as Best New Talent and gets the fourth place as Best Album of the Year according to the annual referendum of the most important specialized critics in Italy organized by the Musica Jazz magazine.

Singer and band leader, arranger and composer, she studies jazz vocality and deepens the jazz style and language in the United States and in Italy with the most prominent international figures. He graduated in Jazz cum magna laude, developing his own style, sophisticated and elegant, and a deep and original musical approach.

Very active in the jazz scene, she participates in exhibitions and festivals in Europe, Asia and South America, presenting a wide repertoire ranging from the American Songbook to contemporary jazz, collaborating with internationally important names such as Kenny Wheeler, Paul McCandless, Paolo Fresu, Javier Girotto, Francesco Bearzatti, Jim Rotondi, Dado Moroni, Roberto Gatto and Enrico Pieranunzi.

She pays particular attention to composition and arrangement by carefully reworking some pages of today's jazz, writing original songs, declining her creativity in refined and original musical paths, such as her latest recording work: "The Beat Goes On", Homage to the Beat Generation. This concept album, distributed in Italy and the United States, which embraces Francesco Bearzatti, Luca Mannutza, Paolino Dalla Porta, Marcello Di Leonardo in the line up, it combines jazz with Beat poetry in an absolutely original way, using also to the use of vintage recordings of the poets themselves, woven into music with creativity and sensitivity. The project was presented on many prestigious occasions in Italy, as well as in Tokyo and at the Mumbai International Festival.

So much originality is found in the exploration of a jazz with a chamber flavor with the trio "Un Minuto Dopo", a project designed for piano, voice and brass, with Alessandro Gwis and Gabriele Coen, in which the great oboist of the legendary Oregon group, Paul McCandless, appears. Inspired by the lyricism and impressionism, more typically European and of cultured extraction, Antonini writes original music and redesigns some compositions by Enrico Rava, enriched by the pen of Marina Tiezzi who signs for the occasion refined and evocative texts. The project, presented in various editions of the prestigious Villa Celimontana festival, which also got the participation of the great trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.

Antonini's interest in new sounds led her to undertake an intense collaboration with the harpist Marcella Carboni with whom she started the project "Nuance" and recorded an album under the same name, a harp and voice duo, in which both experiment with the use of electronics, effects, and sound filters and samples. Creating rarefied and deeply delicate soundscapes and ranging from original songs of Mediterranean flavor to modal jazz standards, up to some classics of Brazilian music, the duo accompanied a stable and lasting collaboration, occasionally embellished by some guests such as Aldo Bassi or Javier Girotto, which had them protagonists of different radio experiences, and led them to perform in numerous concerts throughout Italy, Brazil, Spain and Hong Kong.

The use of live electronics is the driving force behind Antonini's inclusion in the Pollock Project, with which she realized the CDs "Ah!" and "Speak Slowly Please", signed and played by Marco Testoni, percussion and caisa drums, with Simone Salza on saxophones, visual music projects in which the jazz creative element relied on original video art and photographic inserts, in collaboration with the artistic movement of the New Era Museum.

Added to this frame is the deep knowledge of the mainstream jazz tradition that finds space in numerous collaborations: Fabio Zeppetella, Fabrizio Bosso, Maurizio Giammarco, Aldo Bassi, Luca Mannutza, Max Ionata, Micheal Rosen, Greg Burk, Roberto Tarenzi, Pietro Ciancaglini, Daniele Tittarelli, Domenico Sanna, Francesco Puglisi, Marco Valeri and many others; the AMIT (Accademia Musicale Italiana) National Orchestra, the Big Night Jive Orchestra, the Di Lella/Quagliero Orchestra, and projects such as the jazz opera del Jazz Storie (Jazz opera Stories) of Cronopios and Famas, the dance-opera Jazzamore, Women Next Door, the all-female group guided under her name in which American music is revived in the refined plots of historical arrangements taken from verve 1950s records; In A New York Minute, a hard bop project dedicated to modern jazz and the compositions of Cedar Walton, Tom Harrell and others, in which maurizio Giammarco's saxophone stands out.

Important to higlight her exhibitions on several occasions in prestigious jazz clubs and theaters in Italy and abroad (Finland, Denmark, Japan, India, Belgium, Hong Kong, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Brazil), she took part in major events and festivals, including: Umbria Jazz, Festival Internacional de Jazz de Madrid, Tel Aviv Jazz on the Boulevard Festival, Rio Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai Jazz Festival , Torino Jazz Festival, Rumori Mediterraneo Roccella Jonica, Casa del Jazz, Villa Celimontana, International Jazz Festival of La Spezia, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Dialogo, Teatro Sistina, Tuscia In Jazz, Roma Summer Jazz Festival, Cool's Jazz.

Also active on an educational level, she has held master classes and seminars at the High Conservatory of Music of Navarre in Pamplona in Spain, the Metropolia Conservatory of Music in Finland, West London in England, the Gent Conservatory in Belgium and Aalborg in Denmark, and clinics at the Nuoro Jazz Festival directed by Paolo Fresu (2005-2013), Jazz's Cool of the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, Tuscia in Jazz Spring and Summer Camp (2013-2017), La Spezia International Jazz Festival (2013- 2015), collaborating, among others, alongside Sheila Jordan, Maria Pia De Vito, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Bernstein, Aaron Goldberg, Gregory Hutchinson, Donny McCaslin, Kenny Werner, Francisco Mela, Hari Hoening, Eric Harland. Social Call special guest Esben Elvstrøm, Social Call – special guest Tom Peeters, JAZZ CHOIR with Elisabetta Antoni, Tommi Rautianen special guest, Elisabetta Antonini Erasmus +.