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Emilia

Some things are meant to be. In the case of Italian singer Emilia Vancini, there are no accidents. Music runs through her veins and singing is woven into every part of her melodic make-up. Emilia’s story transcends 30 years and countless countries from Italy to her current home in The Hague. With each note and mile she has fallen deeper in love with jazz, via a story that doesn’t begin with finding her voice, but rather, tells how singing found her. “Singing is a place where I feel safe,” Emilia says. “The first time I sang to an audience it was like a miracle. To me it was home, and I sing because I cannot not do it

Sara Filipova

For years, Sara Filipova has been one of Vienna’s best-kept secrets. Her voice – capable of both whispered intimacy and full-throated acrobatics – has supported a wide variety of artists in recent years. With her solo debut, Black And White Café, Sara takes center stage for the first time. The five songs on the EP draw liberally from her experience in R&B, jazz, and classical music, but are closer in spirit to great singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon. Accompanying herself at the piano, she reflects on the transience of life and the human condition; the result is an intimate, moving portrait of a young woman sung in her own words

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Monika Hoffman

MONIKA HOFFMAN is a Swedish singer with Hungarian-German roots. She is at home not only in classical music, latin, jazz and pop, but also in three languages, namely Swedish, Hungarian and English – all of which she uses for shades of musical expression that are quite distinct. Monika Hoffman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she played with legends like Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. In Hungary she became well known for participating in the TV show Megasztár – Voice of the Year, which resulted in a recording contract and a spot in the Hungarian finals for the Eurovision Song Contest

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Dei Xhrist

Sotto voce/art brut glossolalia and spoken word, acoustic or amplified with pedal effects. Xhrist began performing sonically in the early 00s, and now sings solo and with ensemble improvisors in the New England experimental sound/noise/improvisation/art scene. Organizes XFest MA (www.xfestma.com) starting in 2020. Past projects: - Negative Reinforcement: with Craig Douglas (synth and effects) - Xhristishoe : with Matt Samolis (flute) - Birdrogan : psychedelic/kraut/rock/noise band with Marc Bisson (guitar), Mike Dailey Jr. (drums), Mike Fun (synth), and guest musicians - Demi Exegeses : avant garde chamber music with with Matt Samolis (flute) and Emilo Gonzalez (piano, kalimba) - Tyto Alba : atonal jazz with with Matt Samolis (flute), Thadd Comstock (microtonal guitar) and Ryan McGuire (upright bass)

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Deelee Dube

Deelee Dubé (pronounced Doo-beh, accented “é”) made history by becoming the first British Winner and recipient of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and is one of today’s foremost gifted vocalists to have emerged from the London scene in many years. Embodying a stellar African musical lineage, the eclectic tastes of a London upbringing and a deep love and respect for the jazz tradition, Deelee possesses what Jazz Times called ‘a warm tone, genuine blues feeling and easy rhythmic authority.’ Deelee’s late father was the famed South African jazz pianist Jabu Nkosi; her grandfather another legendary figure from the country’s music scene, saxophonist and bandleader Zacks (Isaac) Nkosi

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Sarah Jerrom

Sarah Jerrom is a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in jazz and creative music who takes her inspiration from lyric-driven melodies, genre-defying instrumentation and experimental soundscapes. “The Yeats Project” (2017), her first all-original album, features W.B. Yeats’s poetry set to music and orchestrated for a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, achieved critical praise and international airplay. Sarah’s debut album, “Illuminations” (2007), encompassing original compositions, jazz-inspired arrangements of contemporary songs and traditional jazz standards, has also received widespread media attention and international radio airplay

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Katerina Brown

Born in 1982 in a small town outside St. Petersburg, Katerina Brown was drawn to music as an infant. Jazz and American records were still hard to come by in the waning years of the Soviet Union, but she soaked up her father’s albums by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Studying classical music throughout her adolescence, she started performing in local clubs as a teenager, singing mostly blues and standards. Ambitious and eager to learn more, she moved to St. Petersburg at 19 and quickly fell in with a cadre of young musicians who loved and played jazz. A savvy bandleader by 21, she started performing regularly at the Red Lion Blues Club, which was owned by an American, and spent the next five years working steadily around the city as a blues singer


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