Ada Montellanico is one of the most important, innovative singers and composers of the Italian jazz scene.
She has collaborated with the likes of Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Paul McCandless, Enrico Peranunzi and Enrico Rava, enjoying great success with both critics and audiences at many of the most prestigious Italian and international jazz Festivals. She is a performer with a warm and sandy voice, a researcher of unusual and original repertoire and she is able to find a magical fusion between Italian language, jazz and improvisation.
The most important milestone of her career was in 1996 when she recorded L'altro Tenco with Enrico Rava.
Her deep sensibility in singing less famous songs of the Italian songwriter Luigi Tenco in a new way, shows an incredible ability to get her intimate world closer to the narrative needs. The research aimed at blending the refined songwriter's tradition with the Afro-American language, led to important recording sessions for albums such as Ma l'amore no (1997) and Danza di una ninfa, produced for Egea Lebel in 2005, with Enrico Pieranunzi. The latter CD represents a very important event, since it marked the first time that four of Tenco's unpublished poems were set to music by Montellanico and Pieranunzi, with the endorsement of Tenco's family.
In 2006 she published her book Quasi sera, una storia di Tenco, a biography of the Italian songwriter. The originality, the expertise and her sensibility as woman and singer allowed her to her to make this book successful with great reviews from the critics.