MARILENA PARADISI short biography
Vocalist, composer, improviser, tireless explorer and experimenter in the use of the human voice, her work ranges from jazz to total improvisation and contemporary classics. She is internationally recognised for the richness of expression and her talent for interpretation, with reviews in the top international magazines of the sector like Jazzhot, Jazztimes, Musica Jazz, Jazzit; Cadence, JazzProfile; Music Web International etc.
She is among the few Italian singers to be reviewed in the prestigious American magazine JazzTimes, in 2002, at his debut CD:
” the most magical thing about Paradisi is your being able to believe completely in what she’s singing; you get the feeling she was there, that this was how it was, and that she has both scars and sweet memories to prove it…”(Jazz Times December 2002 ).
and also 2017 for her latest and eighth CD as a leader: “Some Place Called Where” ( Losen Records 2017). Here Marilena Paradisi met the legendary now 81 years old piano master Kirk Lightsey for a recording of intimate and great songs :
“Paradisi demonstrates the same captivating ability to fully meld with the songs without dampening their distinct moods”(JazzTimes 2017) https://jazztimes.com/reviews/vox/marilena-paradisi-kirk-lightsey/
that she presented at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome( 20-01-2018) and 23 January 2019
From 2002 to 2017, Marilena brought out as many as 8 albums as a leader, in collaboration with important Italian and international musicians:
1) -I’ll Never Be The Same ( Philology 2002) ( con Eliot Zigmund trio)
2) -Intimate Conversation ( Abeat Records 2004) ( con Pietro Leveratto)
3) . Pensiero- Omaggio a Gino Paoli ( Philology 2007) ( Con Renato Sellani- Dino Piana)
4) Rainbow Inside ( Silta Records 2010) ( con Arturo Tallini)
5) Prelude For Voice and Sailence (SILTACLASSICS 2011) ( con Michiko Hirayama)
6) Come Dirti (Silta Records 2012) ( Silta Records 2012) ( Stefania Tallini)
7) The Cave dialogues between echoes of stones ( Silta Records 2013) ( Ivan Macera)
8) Some Place Called Where ( Losen Records 2017) con Kirk Lightsey
The first three were jazz albums: “I’ll Never Be The Same” (Philology 2002), with the Eliot Zigmund trio, “Intimate Conversation” (Abeat Records 2004) duetting with bassist Pietro Leveratto, the live Cd “Pensiero” Homage to Gino Paoli, in trio with Renato Sellani and Dino Piana (Philology 2007).
The last three cds contemporary music and total improvisation, “Raibow Inside” (Silta Records 2010), with guitarist Arturo Tallini,“Prelude For Voice and Silence” (Siltaclassics 2011) solo voice in duo with Japanese singer Michiko Hirayama. The sixth cd in her name “Come dirti”, with special guest Stefania Tallini; seventh original project “The cave” dialogues between echoes of stone with percussionist Ivan Macera; (SiltaRecords 2013), a research about the sound in the Paleolitic Era that she presented at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. And now the latest, “ Some Place Called Where”( Losen Records 2017) with the legendary piano master Kirk Lightsey.
Always attentive to the international aspects of her business, knowledge and updating, Marilena Paradisi has studied the vocality of various parts of the world, including India. In 2008 he met Michiko Hirayama, one of the greatest contemporary singers of the twentieth century and interpreter of the masterpieces of Giacinto Scelsi, with whom he studied contemporary singing and developed his skills of experimentation and vocal improvisation. The meeting and study with Hirayama and love for Scelsi’s works lead Marilena to take an interest in Indian music. Between 2008 and 2009, he won a scholarship and was invited to India in Mumbai. For three months he studied Raga and classical song Industani with maestro Dhanashree Pandit Rai. In India he sang with the great Indian pianist Louis Banks and his trio at the Bangalore Jazz Festival and at the Blue Frog in Mumbai. Also in Mumbai from September 2014 to March 2015 he held a Jazz Singing course at the Vocal Department of Western Music at the First Comprehensive Institute of Contemporary Music, THE TRUE SCHOOL OF MUSIC.
Her artistic ventures have involved Marilena to perform her concerts and original projects and Masterclass all around the world, in Italy, Finland, New York, Boston, India, France, Portugal, Madrid , Berlin, collaborating with great musicians like:
Eliot Zigmund, Kirk Lightsey, Eric Gravatt, Michiko Hirayama, Scott Reeves, Yaaki Levy; Jim Ridl; Howard Britz; Louiz Banks, Gino Banks, Sheldon D’Silva, Greg Burk, Pat Battstone; Chris Rathbun; Richard Pool;Christopher Braig; Harvey Diamond, Jon Dreyer; Adam Pache,Pietro Leveratto, Renato Sellani, Ivan Macera, Pat Battstone; Karri Luhtala, Dino Piana, Massimo Moriconi, and many other..
REVIEWS AND PRESS
“… Paradisi demonstrates the same captivating ability to fully meld with the songs without dampening their distinct moods”
“ The Italian singer Marilena Paradisi and the pianist Kirk Lightsey have produced an intimate album of great artistic coherence “
(Jazz Hot- 2018 )
“From time-to-time, the editorial staff at JazzProfiles likes to turn its attention to vocal Jazz, especially when something new and different catches it’s ear
“ Steven Cerra –Jazzprofiles
MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL
“ It’s a delight!”
“The vocalist superbly converses with Kirk’s piano: never a phrasing, out of place, not a single note without its specific weight, no forcing. Hence a delicate music, never banal, that gently creeps into the soul of those who can listen, with the voice of Marilena that draws atmospheres of great beauty and the piano of Lightsey that once again highlights its orchestral dimension …. In short, an unmissable album “( Gerlando Gatto-A proposito di jazz)
—–“A symbiotic dialogue, full of feeling and pathos, adorned by a placid atmosphere and a dreamlike mood that infuse a sense of inner peace ……. the emotional suspense, the communicative finesse and the search for a pervasive sound represent the real distinguishing mark of the whole album “(Stefano Dentice-Italiainjazz)
-… the remarkable expressive and technical qualities of the Paradisi, able to merge with surprising grace and continuity the vocal experimentations of Meredith Monk and Joan La Barbara, as well as the velvety fluidity of Norma Winstone …… absolutely delicious the piano by Lightsey .. “Some Place Called Where” was born to communicate, excite and to express the pleasure and the magic of making music together “
( Marco Calloni-Blogfolk)
——“The classic mood, the nuance, the detail, the intimacy, the emotional moment, as a revision of an aesthetic practice from which it is better not to stray too far. The memory. In this way she choose the perfect mate, Lightsey’s lyrical, oneiric, impressionist pianism, from the nuances to the limits of Mannerism ” (Paolo Corradori -Alfadisco)
Interview on Jazzespresso: by EugenioMirti