Susanna Stivali – Maestri Musicisti
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival
Susanna Stivali is one of the best-known Italian jazz singers of her generation – a master musician (maestri musicista). In 1997 she obtained a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she entrenched herself in jazz and improvised music and has since regularly performed between Europe, Africa, USA and Brazil. She is the artistic director of the Incontri Jazz Festival, a festival held in different archaeological locations across the centre of Italy. She composes music for cinema, theatre and television and is also Professor of Jazz at the Conservatory of Music Licino Refice of Frosinone, where she lectures vocal studies and improvisation.
Today’s band of maestri musicisti plays a selection of material from Italy, Brazil, USA and SA and features UCT’s Prof Mike Rossi on sax, who was last year awarded one of Italy’s highest honours, bestowed by a decree from Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, in recognition of Professor Rossi’s contributions in promoting relationships, friendship and collaboration between Italy and other countries. ‘Sir’ Rossi is now officially a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy (Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia) – the first ‘royal’ to perform on the jazz stages in Makhanda!
Voice: Susanna Stivali (IT)
Sax: Mike Rossi
Accordion: Guilherme Ribeiro (BR)
Bass: Romy Brauteseth
Drums: Marlon Witbooi