Born: June 3
Some things are meant to be. In the case of Italian singer Emilia Vancini 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. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t sing.”
Preparing to turn the page of her next exciting chapter, Emilia’s fourth album “And if you fall, you fall” is a compendium of improvised jazz standards between voice and piano with Sardinian pianist Augusto Pirodda. The pair have crafted an instinctive lingua franca across traditional songs they both know and love, culled from Emilia’s extensive repertoire of around 200 jazz standards. Its title - taken from Johnny Burke’s lyrics in Jimmy Van Heusen’s ‘But beautiful’ (“beautiful to take a chance / And if you fall, you fall / and I'm thinking I wouldn't mind at all”) - is a poignant reminder of challenges we all face and offers positivity and comfort from being yourself and living in the moment. “Improvising was stressful, but my teacher ask me: ‘what are you afraid of? What can happen? Will you die? Just let yourself go. The worst to happen is a mistake.’ ”
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