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Catali Antonini

Catali Antonini, a native of Corsica, is at the junction of the melodist Italian jazz school and improvised music. She founded the Antonini trio (with Stephane Pelegri - vibraphone & Manu Vallognes - fretless bass) in which she performs as a vocal instrumentalist and is able to explore her own personal take on the European jazz movement and find her place in it. The Antonini Trio appears regularly on the jazz festivals scenes, has recorded 3 albums: «Academy House» (1996), «Chateau de Sable» (2001), «d’antre deux terres» (2005) and won the second prize of the ALLUM’JAZZ competition in 1999. In 2000, Catali was a finalist in the French National Jazz Orchestra european competition (Dir. Paolo Damiani). She obtained the State diploma in Jazz (teaching) in 2007.

Catali’s expression comes directly from researching the sound and phrasing of wind and brass instruments and she collaborates regularly with wind instrumentalists. She is also into improvised exchanges with other expressive art forms such as dance, the visual arts, theatre and electronic music. Her ten years of experience as a dancer herself influence her research in connecting music with this other artistic languages. In 1997, she was creator-performer of «Campe» (music: S.Pelegri & C.Antonini / choreography: Denis Plassard & Tony Vighetto) and worked with dancers from the Folkwang Hocheshule (Pina Bausch) in Germany in 1999. In 2003, she was creator-performer (singing and dancing) of «Voyage au fond du berceau» (music: Antonini Trio / choreography: Marc Neff) and performed in «Sonate en mouvement» (music: Antonini Trio / choreography: Carla Frison) in 2004. She adapted texts from the 12th century for the creation of «Rhapsody Lapidum» with Antonini Trio and Ivan Gouillon (actor) for the Museum of Lyon, in 2007. In 2012 and 2013 she sings in “Encore quelques illusions” (Choreography: Denis Plassard / Compagnie Propos).

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« Catali Antonini has a particular voice, warm, a nice vibrato, a wide vocal range and a mastery of vocal improvisations that are original and audacious, which is not the privilege of many singers. As comfortable on jazz standards as on total improvisations, her approach of « scat » is really different with a sonority, a « phrasé », progressions and rhythms perfectly personal and immediately recognizable, with ease of expression. The scene is her domain. The emotion she communicates is also expressed through the words even if we don't always understand them. Her evocation of the corsican songs is one of these illustrations. Of her first love of the Funk from the 70's she keeps the energy, of the beautiful mediterranean melodies she keeps the lyricism, from the contemporary music (not speaking only about jazz) she has acquired audacity, all this with the love of a jazz that speaks, that rises and a beautiful scenic presence, her dance apprenticeship obviously showing up through her gestures

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Persian Alexandria

Klarthe Records / Harmonia Mundi
2015

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Tribute to Lady...

Unknown label
2009

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Chateau de...

La Chaudière Productions
2001

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Academy...

Unknown label
1996

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