Alice Ricciardi

Presentation of the vocal interpretation and improvisation course by the new Saint Louis teacher Alice Ricciardi.

Alice Ricciardi joins the Saint Louis teaching staff, Department of Jazz Singing, and meets the students to present her course dedicated to the development of interpretative and improvisational skills in the jazz field.

A creative work that starts from famous timeless compositions, to get the students to discover their original voice through the deepening of the essential repertoire of the great authors of African American Music and the Great American Song Book.

In a moment of great rebirth of Jazz Singing at an international level, the bet is therefore to rediscover the tradition of vocal jazz, putting it at the center of a current, dynamic and personal context. Not just notions, but a broad look at all aspects of the performance and the voice in jazz.

Presentation of the jazz singing course by Alice Ricciardi, with the participation of Pietro Lussu on the piano

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
h 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saint Louis via urbana, 49/a

Free entrance

Alice Ricciardi bio

“A master phraser with a fresh point of view, Ricciardi is alternately surrealistic and
swinging” – Ted Panken (DownBeat Magazine)
“I love voices: Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Mahalia Jackson, Chris Connor, Christine Correa, Sara Serpa, Alice Ricciardi” – Ran Blake Pianist / Composer / MacArthur Genius Grant

Alice Ricciardi, singer and composer, born in Milan and currently living in Rome. Music has always been part of her life, since the age of seven; she attended the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where she began studying the violin and piano.

From 1995 to 1999, she studied singing at the Accademia Internazionale di Musica Jazz in Milan directed by Enrico Intra and Franco Cerri. Later she specialized with the American singer Rachel Gould in Italy, and with the legendary pianist Ran Blake in Boston.

In 2002, she obtained, in France, the European diploma "F.N.E.I.J" (Fèdèration Nationale des Ecoles d'Influence Jazz et des Musiques Actuelles). In 2005, she won the 2nd Prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival- International Vocal Competition and was invited as a performer at the IAJE Conference 2006 in New York, performing at the IAJE and at Dizzy's Club Jazz at the Lincoln Center.

"COMES LOVE" is the first work conceived and produced by Alice, debut album that was published worldwide by Blue Note / EMI label claiming great success between critics and audiences. The following album "OPTICS" was released by the American label founded by saxophonist Greg Osby, Inner Circle Music. Recently, released her latest album in duo with pianist Pietro Lussu, "CATCH A FALLING STAR" which will be presented at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and at Umbria Jazz 2020.

She has collaborated with some of the most reknown national and international musicians, such as: Pietro Lussu, Dario Deidda, Flavio Boltro, Rosario Giuliani, Daniele Tittarelli, Gaetano Partipilo, Enrico Bracco, Agus Collective, Enrico Intra, Franco Cerri, Fabrizio Bosso, Nicola Conte, Olivier Hutman, Darryl Hall, Gilad Hekselman, Gregory Hutchinson, James Cammack, Neal Miner, Dezron Douglas, Will Terrill, Darrell Green, Adam Pache, Alex Bonheam, Jesper Lundgaard, Morten Lund,Teppo Mäkynen, Saul Rubin, Paul Gill, Desmond White, Spike Wilner, Michael Kanan, Randy Ingram,Tommy Crane, Logan Richardson, Greg Osby.

Alice was also chosen by the French pianist Olivier Hutman as an interpreter for his original composition project "Olivier Hutman meets Alice Ricciardi", recorded in France together with some of the biggest names on the international Jazz scene; Gilad Hekselman, Olivier Temime, Darryl Hall and Gregory Hutchinson.

She has also performed in numerous international music Festivals and clubs all around the world: Teatro Morlacchi Umbria Jazz, Blue Note Tokyo, Cotton Club Tokyo, Highline Ballroom NYC, The Kitano NYC, Regatta Bar Boston, Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica Roma, Casa del Jazz Roma, Jazz Club Ferrara, Jazz Cafè London, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, Blue Note Milano, Villa Ada Roma, Piccolo Teatro di Milano,Teatro Romano di Verona, Anfiteatro Romano di Cagliari, Sferisterio di Macerata, Stadio dei Marmi Roma, Auditorium G. Mahler Milano, The Big Chill Festival UK, Istanbul Jazz Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Bangen Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, KOKO Jazz Club Helsinki, A- Trane Berlin, Central Station Darmstadt, ShapeShifter Lab NYC, ROCKWOOD Music Hall NYC, NUBLU NYC, Smalls Jazz Club NYC, Mezzrow Jazz Club NYC, VOCAL FES.

"It escapes genres because it is pure music faced with culture and purity, this refined, exciting album made of feathers and stones, pauses and counterpoints, which through a noble path (but not without victorious hazards) makes the thousand possible colors of a score explode in an absolute way as it is intelligent, attentive, polite."

Andrea Pedrinelli

"It is not easy to move in the voice and piano duo without risking being trapped in déjà écouté or in some relentless banality. Ricciardi and Lussu dribble every trap by putting on the plate a rich song book but, above all, a surprising exhibition freshness"

Alceste Ayroldi JAZZ MUSIC

"Alice Ricciardi's relevant and delicate interpretation of the texts is a treat. She invites us to penetrate musical mysteries that we have always known and that seem surprisingly new. The quality of her diction, the slight veil in her voice, the art of stretching on the note that is hers, are part of a whole, perfectly shared with a pianist full of ideas being alternately poetic and mischievous, and on any occasion inspired. Alice Ricciardi and Pietro Lussu abandon themselves in the intimacy of their music with a discreet and spontaneous elegance that offers us moments of mesmerizing suspension and others more alert no less beautiful. Never far from silence, the good vibrations resonate and the common sensibility of the two artists flourishes in a common song that we strongly suggest you to listen to."

Yves Dorison CULTURE JAZZ

A piano and a voice that seek new paths, suggestions, inspirations. They delve into jazz moods and then come out and fly higher or obliquely (see the wonderful reinterpretation of "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys). A work of great artistic stature"

Antonio Bacciocchi