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Angelica Matveeva is a versatile singer, composer and lyricist whose specialty and artistic goal lies in creating and carrying out concept projects.

Angelica was born on August, 25th 1985 in Moscow (Russia) to an Armenian father and a Russian mother, has been partly raised in Belgium, started her career in Stockholm (Sweden) and during stays in Italy, Poland, Turkey and Finland collaborated with musicians from these countries.

Currently Angelica is based in Tromsø, Norway.

Angelica's debut album “Swedish poetry goes jazz” was released in April 2011 and consists entirely of her own compositions on Swedish 20th and 21st century poetry. Musically the style is an emotional blend between hard bop and vocalese inspired jazz, with strong and imaginative melodies and non-trivial musical forms, dictated by the forms of the poems. The goal of this project was to combine the endless musical richness of jazz with inspiring and meaningful stories, lyrics that are interesting to listen to.

Her second album Cabaret Français: Cinq Portraits , a tribute to French chanson, has been released in October 2011. There Angelica returned to her musical roots - pure melodramatic pop known for its profoundly emotional, larger-than-life stories put to sing-along catchy, timeless classic melodies with at times a touch of swing.

Her third album has been released on the 26th of January 2015 and its concept is vocalese, a subgenre of jazz where the vocalist interprets originally instrumental improvisations with lyrics. The album Vocalese features not only existing vocalese pieces, but many completely new ones, where Angelica has written her own lyrics to solos by jazz icons Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Franco Ambrosetti, Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Peter Asplund and others.

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Music Magazine Lira (03.06.2011) on debut album Swedish poetry goes jazz ”Matveeva's clear, genuine, pretence-free voice coupled with the groovy and emotional music and the serious and long text chunks form an exciting whole. My obvious favourite is Gunnar Ekelöf's “Tag och skriv” [...] . Dagens Nyheter (05.06.2011), Sweden's largest daily, on live performance at Jazz Club Glenn Miller Café with programme from debut album Swedish poetry goes jazz ”Swedish jazz flourishes anew”, “Impressive compositions” (Dagens Nyheter, 5th of June 2011) Johannes Cornell Uppsala Nya Tidning (20.07.2011) on debut album Swedish poetry goes jazz ”Matveeva has an exciting voice and her melodies expand freely, and extra spice to the arrangements is added by the beautiful wind tones of Tane Kannisto on the saxophone and Peter Asplund on the trumpet”

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Album Vocalese by Angelica Matveeva

Vocalese

Self Produced
2015

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Album Swedish poetry goes jazz by Angelica Matveeva

Swedish poetry goes...

Chan Puma Records
2011

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Album Cabaret Français: Cinq Portraits  by Angelica Matveeva

Cabaret Français:...

Chan Puma Records
2011

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Wonderyear

Wonderyear

Angelica Matveeva
Vocalese

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