Take Me Back - Official Video
Laura Taglialatela is a vocalist, composer and arranger born in the mediterranean city of Naples, Italy. Growing up in a house full of music and art of all kinds, she naturally developed a complex musical personality, which brought her into experiencing many different languages and genres.
Laura began performing music in church at the age of 10, an experience which consequently drove her interest towards black music. In 2009 she completed her studies in vocal jazz performance at the Scuola Civica in Capannori, and decided to attend a Bachelor in Literature and Cultural studies at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples, while taking music private classes with some of today’s most internationally recognized jazz performers.
She graduated in 2014 presenting a thesis entitled "A unifying language: jazz”, a result of her active researches on the field on the impact of the inter-cultural crossover of the jazz scene on the language currently spoken in America by the new generation through the songwriting process, receiving audience acclaim and extra credits.
In 2016 Laura won the WinJazz Competition with her composition "Blue Moon". In March 2018 her song "Take Me Back" received the Runner Up Songwriting Award at the Song Of The Year International Contest (Steven Tyler, Gwen Stefani, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys among the judges). She has performed at multiple Jazz Festivals around the world, and has led her own band internationally including France, Croatia, Italy, Finland, Belgium, UK, US, Russia.
05/25/2018 GIANNI BASSO AWARD For BEST DEBUT FROM A YOUNG ITALIAN ARTIST
"The Glow” is the inspiration, the divine entity the artist feeds off and is in constant search of. The idea at the base of this collection of works is to create an embodiment that shows the definition of an artist in the process of self acknowledgment, and self acceptance, through the struggles that come by the confrontation with real life.
Each track, therefore, represents a moment of the artist's emotional journey in the controversial relationship with his art: love, devotion, fear, resignation, realization, enthusiasm, despair, joy, all in a space where boundaries between genres and/or between single individuals cease to exist, and the guiding principle is the flow of a spontaneous and fresh interaction.
Taglialatela combines original rhapsodies (Happiness, Silly Girl) to songs, which show traces of the influence of soul and gospel (Take Me Back, The Glow). She also reveals her ability as a lyricist on two tunes written by her bandmates, "Frantasy", by Francesco Ciniglio, and "There's That Smile", by Dayna Stephens, and on a Wayne Shorter’s masterpiece, “Nefertiti”, which is a double tribute to the composer and to the famous queen of the Egypt, an important figure often remembered and celebrated for her incredible beauty, and not enough for the prosperity and the cultural revolution she brought to her people. Icing on the cake, the band performs two atypical arrangements of some Antonio Carlos Jobim’s classics, “Inutil Paisagem” and “Retrato Em Branco and Preto”.
Taglialatela surrounds herself in this first album by a serious team: Domenico Sanna on piano and rhodes, Matteo Bortone on double bass, Francesco Ciniglio on drums, Dayna Stephens on tenor saxophone and ewi, Logan Richardson, special guest on 4 of the tracks, on alto saxophone.
The band includes musicians from different cultural and musical (and geographical!) backgrounds who combine with no inhibitions in a single sound, new, fresh, unanimous and sincere: all improvisations, even when guided by a leader, are collective, and the roles intersect to the point that sometimes vocals become an instrument of accompaniment.
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