Motifs

by Chiara Izzi

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1.
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.
2.
Travessia 05:51
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
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Another Day 05:10
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.
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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.
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Cantabile 05:58
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.
7.
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.
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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.
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Il Pescatore 04:41
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.
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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.
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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.

about

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

credits

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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Chiara Izzi New York, New York

Chiara Izzi is an award-winning jazz singer-songwriter from Italy who has been based in New York City since 2014, three years after Quincy Jones awarded her first prize in the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition.

Singing in English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Chiara displays her prodigious vocal instrument, refined musicianship, inherent soulfulness.
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