Anna R. Lauvergnac

jazz singer, educator, traveller, social activist

About Me

"She's all the expression you need and want form a beautiful singer" Mark Murphy "ANNA SINGS FROM HER HEART" Sheila Jordan "Not only she sings perfectly in tune but her voice is full of pathos, energy, poetry and emotion." Paolo Fresu Born in Trieste -Italy, she received a diploma as a primary school teacher, and before choosing singing as the center of her existance, she studied Psychology for two years. In the meantime she took an impressive variety of different jobs: she's been a private teacher, a model, a cloak room attendant, a telephone operator, a waitress, a book seller,a cleaner, a music manager, a carpenter (as she puts it "...I guess I wanted to be Bohumil Hrabal") She started studying Jazz Singing with Bob Stoloff in 1989 at the Berklee College Summer Clinics in Perugia -Italy, where she was offered a scholarship and received a special Artistic Mention. The same year she enrolled at the Art University for Music and Performing Arts of Graz - Austria, where she studied for the following 4 years with Jazz Greats Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Andy Bey and Sheila Jordan. Masterclasses with Reggie Workman and Barry Harris in New York City. Collaborations include extraordinary musicians such as Bojan Zulfikarpasic, Julien Lourau, Pete Bernstein, Franco Vallisneri, Fritz Pauer, Andy Bey, Francesco Bearzatti, Paolo Fresu, Bumi Fian, Andy Scherrer, Marc Buronfosse, Till Martin, Claus Raible,Thomas Stabenow, Paulo Cardoso, Henning Siewert, Alegre Corrèa, Steve Kirby, Wolfgang Puschnig,the Upper Austria Jazz Orchestra, Mauro Negri, Bruno Cesselli, Glauco Venier, Florian Bramboeck, Hank Gradischnig, Karl Sayer, Willi Resetarits, Oliver Kent. From 1999 to 2008 she's been the vocalist of Europe leading international orchestra, the Vienna Art Orchestra. Theater and Festival performances include Umbria Jazz, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Havanna, Berlin, Guimares, Paris, Freiburg, Milano, Varna, Madrid, Moskaw, Essen, Kiev, Vilnius, Vienna, Moers, Le Mans, Dresden, Nord Sea JazzFestival, Joragua do Sul, Joinville, Hamburg, Beijing, Oporto, Amsterdam, Angouleme, Zaragozza, Belfast, Zagreb, Lugano, Brugge, Orleans, Essen, Salamanca, Luzern, Salzsburg, Budapest, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano, Mantova, Nevers, Red Sea Jazz Festival, JVC festival, Time in Jazz, Barcelona, London, Luxenburg, Auxerre, San Sebastian, Graz, Gdynia, Prag, Zurich, Couches, Granada, Sevilla, Junas, Sarajevo, Sibiu, Bern, Cannes, Bergen, Lisbona, Basel. She’s been a featured guest artist in Events such as the Opening of the Wiener Festwochen (which counts about 5 millions television viewer) and the Ruhr Triennale, as well as in numerous radio broadcastings in Austria, Italy and Germany. She’s been giving different workshops and masterclasses, and from 2000 to 2002 she's been teching jazz repertoire and body work at the Bruckner Konservatorium Linz-Austria She wrote six soundtracks (music and songs) for the Austrian director Xaver Schwarzenberger As a lyricist she’s been writing for different bands and projects, including the Vienna Art Orchestra and the Big Apple Circus New York. A cosmopolite with an attraction for Spirituality, Anna has been living in Vienna for few years, and after spending quite some of time in Paris, Berlin and New York she adopted a Nomadic life style, roaming Asia in winter and touring Europe from spring to fall. She practice yoga, Vipassana meditation and does not eat meat. She works as a volunteer, coordinator, and Fund Rising Concerts organizer for the NGO Childrescue (India) and she supports the Italian NGO Emergency. RECORDINGS (selection) as bandleader, arranger, producer "ANNA LAUVERGNAC" -with Andy Bey, Pete Bernstein, Claus Raible, John Di Martino, Andy Scherrer, Alegre Corèa...etc (TCB) "UNLESS THERE'S LOVE" with Claus Raible-piano, Giorgos Antoniou-bass, Howard Curtis - drums (Alessa Records) as featured guest: "You Must Believe in Spring" -Till Martin quartet and Anna Lauvergnac (Petit Paquet records) "Come Closer" -Julia Huelsmann trio with Anna Lauvergnac (ACT) With the VIENNA ART ORCHESTRA: "Quiet ways: Ballads" - (Verve) "American Rhapsody" - (BMG) "Duke Ellington Sound of Love" -(TCB) Centenary journey -(Quinton) Art&Fun -(Universal) Big Band Poesie -(Universal) Duke Ellington Sound of Love vol.2 -(Universal) Swing and Affairs - (Universal) American Dreams -(Universal) European Visionaries - (Universal) Visionaries and Dreams -(Universal) Compilations: "The finest female jazz today" vol 2 (Edel) "The finest female jazz today" vol 5 (Edel) "The big band years" Vienna Art Orchestra (Universal)

My Jazz Story

I fell in love with jazz as a teenager, as I discovered the music of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Never fell out of love since then.