Motifs

by Chiara Izzi

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Motifs is the debut recording from young Italian vocalist Chiara Izzi. Chiara caught the attention of Quincy Jones and was awarded 1st prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011.

Despite her young age. Chiara is very active in the jazz community in Italy and has already performed at a number of high profile European jazz festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival and Barga Jazz. In addition Chiara has performed numerous club dates in Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, France and the United States.

Chiara has already grabbed the attention of a number of high profile musicians both in Europe and the USA including Quincy Jones, Benny Golson, Aaron Goldberg, David Kikosky, Greg Hutchinson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Dado Moroni and many others.

Below you can find a number of testimonials:

“Sister, you are very very talented!” – Quincy Jones

“Having travelled to and performed in Italy for the last 35 years, I have met many Italian rising stars and have seen them to go on to achieve international recognition. Chiara is one of those rising stars that I speak of. She has the talent, passion, devotion, musicianship, and professionalism that is required for success…” – Bobby Watson

“Chiara Izzi is really one of the most talented young jazz singers I have ever heard in a very long time. Her way of presenting melodies and lyrics are very unique, and the way she sings scat like an instrument is totally mind blowing.” – Lars Danielsson

“I can affirm that Chiara is a mature, brilliant and professional singer who will continue to contribute greatly
to the jazz scene of the future.” – Jonathan Kreisberg

Liner Notes from Javier Girotto:

“I first discovered Chiara via a link to a live recording on YouTube and was immediately impressed with her voice, her improvisations and the manner she in which interpreted her chosen repertoire. Chiara’s recording of “El Cacerolazo” is the first time that I have heard a voice interpret one of my compositions and not only this “El Cacerolazo” is one of the more challenging tunes that I have written.

After listening to the entire album I was entranced by the continuous creativity shown in her improvisations and the way she combines the many varied musical styles portrayed on the album. Not everyone is capable of moving from one genre to another while maintaining stylistic integrity in the effortless way Chiara does and in addition, her skill in the many languages she evokes on the album makes her in my opinion a multi-skilled artist.

I strongly recommend listening to this album. The emotion, technique and musicality of Chiara Izzi is outstanding. This, combined with the great band of supporting musicians that surpass technicality, accompany this beautiful voice with unlimited creativity and musical imagination.” – Javier Girotto

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released November 15, 2013

Andrea Rea (piano)
Nicola Corso (bass)
Gino del Prete (drums)

Recorded on June 2012 at Balik Studio, Switzerland.
Engineered and Mixed by Alexandre Bolle.
Mastered at Magic Box Studio, Italy by Franco Cleopatra.
Arrangements by Chiara Izzi.
Photos by Massimiliano Ferrante for Mamiphoto & Gianna Piano.
Artwork by MFM Media.
Chiara Izzi is endorsed by Shure Microphones.

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“Having travelled to and performed in Italy for the last 35 years, I have met many Italian rising stars and have seen them to go on to achieve international recognition. Chiara is one of those rising stars that I speak of. She has the talent, passion, devotion, musicianship, and professionalism that is required for success…” – Bobby Watson ... more

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Track Name: I Get A Kick Out Of You
I get A Kick Out Of You
(C. Porter)

I get no kick from champagne.
Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all.
So tell me why should it be true
That I get a kick out of you?

Some get a kick from cocaine.
I'm sure that if I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrifically, too.
Yet I get a kick out of you.

I get a kick every time
I see you standing there before me.
I get a kick though it's clear to me
You obviously do not adore me.

I get no kick in a plane.
Flying too high with some guy in the sky
Is my idea of nothing to do.
Yet I get a kick out of you.
Track Name: Travessia
Travessia
( M. Nascimento/F. Brant)

Quando você foi embora fez-se noite em meu viver
Forte eu sou mas não tem jeito, hoje eu tenho que chorar
Minha casa não é minha, e nem é meu este lugar
Estou só e não resisto, muito tenho prá falar

Solto a voz nas estradas, já não quero parar
Meu caminho é de pedras, como posso sonhar
Sonho feito de brisa, vento vem terminar
Vou fechar o meu canto, vou querer me matar

Vou seguindo pela vida me esquecendo de você
Eu não quero mais a morte, tenho muito que viver
Vou querer amar de novo e se não der não vou sofrer
Já não sonho, hoje faço com meu braço o meu viver

Solto a voz nas estradas, já não quero parar
Meu caminho é de pedras, como posso sonhar
Sonho feito de brisa, vento vem terminar
Vou fechar o meu canto, vou querer me matar
Track Name: Another Day
Another Day
(C. Izzi)

Another day, no clouds in the sky
No troubles on your mind
There will be no better time.

Another day, no birds without a song
We could smile discovering
Together joy.

Can I find a special place?
Where I see your smiling face
Just close your eyes and live for today.

Every day, there's always more for me and you
Every way, Everyday leads to love.
Track Name: It Had To Be You
It Had To Be You
(I. Jones/ G. Kahn)

Why do I do, just as you say, why must I just, give you your way
Why do I sigh, why don't I try to forget
It must have been, that something lovers call fate
Kept me saying: "I have to wait"
I saw them all, just couldn't fall 'til we met.

It had to be you, it had to be you
I wandered around, and finally found the somebody who
Could make me be true, could make me be blue
And even be glad, just to be sad thinking of you.

Some others I've seen, might never be mean
Might never be cross, or try to be boss, but they wouldn't do.
For nobody else gave me a thrill with all your faults I love you still
It had to be you, wonderful you, it had to be you.
Track Name: Cantabile
Cantabile
(M. Petrucciani/C. Izzi)

Where did you go?
I look around in vain
Remembering
How lovely are
Your smile and sound.

Don't be afraid
Friends never say goodbye
Both in this life
And paradise
I'm here to stay.

And if you listen to it you'll find a new and nice way not to feel alone.
I do believe you can feel the music flowing inside to relieve your soul.

This melody
Can keep your dreams alive
It never ends
And following us
on your way.
Track Name: Segni Del Tempo
Segni Del Tempo
(D. Cimaglia/C. Izzi)

Leggera è la neve
che scivola e si dissolve prima che
provi a toccarla, poi, impercettibile
sfugge via da qui.

Limpido è il mare
quando le onde cadono pacifiche
senza turbamenti e scendono giù
nel profondo abisso blu.

Il tempo corre veloce però
lascia tracce indelebili di sé
prima di volare via rapidamente.

E così, mentre tutto cambia
soltanto i nostri desideri restano
come quei ricordi che, incancellabili
si riaccendono.
Track Name: My Shining Hour
My Shining Hour
(H. Arlen/J. Mercer)

This will be my shining hour
Calm and happy and bright
In my dreams, your face will flower
Through the darkness of the night

Like the lights of home before me
Or an angel, watching o'er me
This will be my shining hour
'Til I'm with you again.
Track Name: Il Pescatore
Il Pescatore
(F. de André)

All'ombra dell'ultimo sole
s'era assopito un pescatore
e aveva un solco lungo il viso
come una specie di sorriso.

Venne alla spiaggia un assassino
due occhi grandi da bambino
due occhi enormi di paura
eran gli specchi di un'avventura.

E fu il calore d'un momento
poi via di nuovo verso il vento
davanti agli occhi ancora il sole
dietro alle spalle un pescatore.

Dietro alle spalle un pescatore
e la memoria è già dolore
è già il rimpianto d'un aprile
giocato all'ombra di un cortile.

Vennero in sella due gendarmi
vennero in sella con le armi
chiesero al vecchio se lì vicino
fosse passato un assassino.

Ma all'ombra dell'ultimo sole
s'era assopito il pescatore
e aveva un solco lungo il viso
come una specie di sorriso.
Track Name: Stockholm Sweetnin'
Stockholm Sweetnin'
(Q. Jones)

I've had my sweetnin' from the Zuiderzee
But that was yesterday
Yet you can bet I won't forget what I've seen
In the Stockholm sweetnin' way.

A place where life is full and time don't end
It seems to bend your way
Just fill your cup(pa) on a plan is turned up
In the Stockholm sweetnin' way.

Stockholm is where
You get to knowing just what it's all about
Trip to the fare It's a circus
Don't do without.

Pack up your bag and come along with me
You'll find a brighter day
Just verify it, life and love is all free
In the Stockholm sweetnin' way.
Track Name: Deep In A Dream
Deep in A Dream
(J. V. Heusen/E. D. Lange)

I dim all the lights and I sink in my chair
The smoke from my cigarette climbs through the air
The walls of my room fade away in the blue,
And I'm deep in a dream of you.

The smoke makes a stairway for you to descend;
You come to my arms, may this bliss never end,
For we love a new just as we used to do
When I'm deep in a dream of you.

Then from the ceiling, sweet music comes stealing
We glide through a lover's refrain,
You're so appealing that I'm soon revealing
My love for you over again.

My cigarette burns me, I wake with a start;
My hand isn't hurt, but there's pain in my heart
Awake or asleep, ev'ry mem'ry I'll keep
Deep in a dream of you.