Olivia Foschi was born in San Francisco and grew up in Italy. Although she always loved to sing, she discovered her passion for jazz while studying guitar and Theory of Music with Roy Zimmerman in high school. Her stylistic approach to singing shifted in 2001 when she was given the opportunity to study classical Nepali voice with established singer and composer Aavaas in Katmandu. This experience brought immense musical inspiration and left her eager to explore her voice paying particular attention to color and rhythm. After earning her B.A. in English Literature Cum Laude (John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, 2004), Olivia moved on to study jazz voice with Cecilia Izzi and nonverbal communication with Italian singer/songwriter Grazia DiMichele at the University of Music in Rome. She subsequently pursued undergraduate studies in jazz performance at the Music Academy in Bologna, 2006-2009.
Olivia was awarded first place at the vocal competition that took place during the “Jazz Women in Blues Festival” (Naima Club, Forlì, Italy, 2009) obtaining a full scholarship to the Venice Voice Academy in L.A. for the 2010 summer-session. She moved to New York in the fall of 2010, studying mixed meter and polyrhythm with Marc Mommaas and voice with Fay Victor and Jeremiah Abiah. Her debut album entitled Perennial Dreamer was released in March 2013, produced by Ulysses Owens Jr. and featuring Gregoire Maret. (Personnel: Ulysses Owens Jr. – drums; Gregoire Maret – harmonica; Miki Hayama – piano; David Rosenthal – guitar; Stacy Dillard – saxophone; Mike Cottone – trumpet/flugelhorn; Michael Olatuja – bass; Cory Pesaturo – accordion).