|Suoni Italiani - Simona Molinari & La Mosca Jazz Band
Simona Molinari is born in Naples in 1983, but lives in L’Aquila most of her life. Already as a child, she develops an intense passion for old American musicals and, eight years old, she starts studying singing.
Fabio Colella, drums
Fabrizio Pierleoni, bass
Sade Mangiaracina, piano
Frank Armocida, percussion
Nick Tariello, trumpet
Nick Valente, guitar
At age 16, she starts to specialize in pop music and jazz, studying in Naples first and then in Rome. She gets proficient in jazz improvisation, modern signing and afro-american vocalities. Later on, she expands her musical interests by studying classical music at the Coservatorium of L’Aquila.
In 2005, she is awarded “best singer” in the author festival Premio 25 Aprile. Meanwhile, she broadens her experience performing on theatrical stages, boasting numerous collaborations with relevant Italian artists such as Michele Placido, Edoardo Siravo and Catherine Vertova.
Together with Gio’ Di Tonno, Simona makes her debut as leading actress in the “Jekill & Hyde” musical, which goes on show in the most prestigious theatres of Italy. Her growing fame gets her to be invited to perform with her band in Canada, in summer 2008, where is met with passionate applauses and standing ovations in all theatres where the show is hosted.
In the same year, after winning the “Sanremolab – Accademia della Canzone di Sanremo” competition, Simona is selected by Mazzi and Bonolis to perform on the stage of the 59th edition of the Sanremo Festival, in the section “2009 proposals”, with the song Egocentrica.
“This song depicts the egocentrism of a woman” – states Simona – “of an artist, of a person who gets alight on stage, despite being, away from the spotlight, fragile and introvert”.
In the “super Big” evening at the Festival, Simona has the honor of being accompanied by the dame of Italian music Ornella Vanoni. Simona’s performance is met with unanimous praise from critics and newspapers such as II Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa, II Giornale, II Messaggero, II Secolo XIX, II Mattino, II Centro.
On the back of her participation in Sanremo, her first discographic work “Egocentrica” is issued: it is produced and arranged by Carol Avarello and distributed by Warner Music.
The album features precious collaborations such as those of the saxophonist Stefano Di Battista and the trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, special guests of the young singer- songwriter.
“Egocentrica”, also following a second issue as part of the “Particolare femminile” insert of the L’Espresso magazine, sells more than 15000 copies.
In April 2009, with a sold – out concert at the famous jazz club Blue Note in Milan, the “Egocentrica” tour makes its start. The show (which last summer had more than 40 dates among exhibitions and jazz festivals) combines present and past, the unseen with some standard jazz, the album’s songs with those that have made history in Italian and International music.
All in a single concert, delicate but intense show of a charming and exciting voice.
Several of her appearances on National television; besides the already mentioned Sanremo Festival, Simona is guest of many popular tv progammes, among which : “Sette Giorni”, cultural programme hosted by Pippo Baudo during Domenica In, “Speciale Port a Porta” hosted by Bruno Vespa in prime time, “Chiambretti night”, “X- Factor”, “Amalfi Coast Media Award”, presented by journalist Milly Carlucci, the television gala for the latest edition of the Mediterranean Games. “Domenica in..sieme” hosted by Lorena Bianchetti, “Unomattina”, “Festa Italiana”, “Effetto Sabato” and many more.
With regard to the aforementioned special episode of Porta a Porta live from L’Aquila, Simona performs for his fellow citizens with the song “In the Air”, dedicated to those affected by the earthquake in the Abruzzi region.
Inaddition, on June 21st, Simona takes part in the “Amiche per l’Abruzzo” concert, organized by Laura Puasini to raise funds to support the people affected by the earthquake; for Simona, daughter of L’Aquila by adoption, the event has a special personal significance.
Simona also gets several awards for her debut album “Egocentrica”. Firstly, she is invited to the “Mogol Award”, which rewards the best lyrics of the year and which is broadcasted on Rai Uno in prime time; shes gets to the final with some big names of Italian music like Franco Battiato, Vinicio Caposselam Jovanotti, Povia, and Arisa. In this occasion, Simona has the honour of hearing her own lyrics recited by Mogol himself.
And again, she wins the Lunezia New Stars 2009 Award for the best debut album of the year in 2009. The prestigious “Premio Lunezia”, aimed at highlighting the musical-literary value of Italian songs, awards Simona Molinari “for the overwhelming talent of being able to give shape to different musical styles and genres, with a voice that embroiders melodies and rhythms with skillful expertise”. “Songs like Egocentrica”, “Original Sin” or “In the Air” range from jazz to pop, from classical approach to new ways of making art with songs. Simona Molinari show’s that it is possible to use the musical-literary value, which is union of music and words into an inseparable One”.
Furthermore, on 24th September 2009, Simona shares the stage with the singer-songwriter Vinicio Capossela at the Carosone Award, an excellent exhibition curated bu journalist Federico Vacalebre.
Among other curiosities, Simona is the voice of the theme song of the radio programme “Deejay calls Italy” presented by Linus and Nicola Savino on Radio Deejay.
On 5 December 2009 the Italian tour makes its final stop at the Blue Note in Milan, with the last concert of the year which sees a new sold-out.