Luisa Cottifogli

Singer and composer. She gained a diploma in singing at the "Giovan Battista Martini" Conservatory and a diploma in acting at the Accademia Antoniana in Bologna. She is leader and arranger for the female sextet "Vocinblù" and has collaborated with Tommaso Lama, Giovanna Marini, Ettore Fioravanti, Massimo Manzi and Roberto Bartoli. She has worked for the "Europe Jazz Network", "Ravenna Festival" and "ORF", for which she realized the Aiò Nene, a show performed also at the "Jazz Yatra Festival" in Bombay, at the "EMP Sky Church" in Seattle and, in Italy, at the "Cassero Jazz", at the "Pavaglione Estate", at the "Garda Jazz". In 2003 she participated in the "Jazz Ventures Festival" in Graz and, in the same year, at the "Festival Progetto Jazz" she made her debut with the original composition for voice and video installations Velocità di fuga, at the Ponchielli Theatre in Cremona (Italy). Since 2005 she has been Quintorigo's vocalist, with which she released three CDs ( "Il cannone", "Quinto" and "Quintorigo play Mingus" ) and two singles ("Redemption song"- Quintorigo for Amref e "La nonna di Frederick"). With this band she performed at the "Premio Tenco" and appeared several times on RAI TV and Radio.
Recordings: Singing in Italian and Arabic in 1997 she recorded the CD "Metissage" released by the Italian newspaper "Il Manifesto", which featured the Metissage ensemble (led by Gabriele Bombardini), Teresa De Sio, Rita Marcotulli and Ambrogio Sparagna ;"Aiò Nenè" (2000); "Marlevar" (Forrest Hill Records, 2002); "Rumì" (Forrest Hill Records, 2006) awarded the "Imola in Musica Prize" and nomination at "Tenco Prize"(second in World Music category);
Awards: With the jazz trio "San Petronius" she won the "Ispra '92" and the "Giugno per I igiovani '94" (Accademia Filarmonica Romana) competitions.

Contact: www.luisacottifogli.com 

Madeleine Caillasse

(born in 1963, France), pianist, composer.  She was  admitted at the age of sixteen to the Lyon Conservatory in Germaine Devèze piano class. She won the National Diploma of Higher Studies Musical. By perfecting with Jean- Claude Pennetier, her attraction to the contemporary repertoire is confirmed and she played in concert among other Ohana and Messiaen (including Oiseaux exotiques). Then she participated in numerous master – classes in Germany, especially with Erik Werba to the accompaniment of songs and Edith Picht. In 1990, she participated in the concerts of the "Villa Musica" of Mainz and the "Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik" in Darmstadt. Since 1992 she has been a professor of piano at the Music Centre Annecy Practice. Her creative activity was in her teens, then she followed the course of music history and analysis with Daniel Gaudet at the Conservatory of Chambery. It was during this period that were deep rooted her deep attraction to German romanticism and passion for Schumann in particular. Colors, expressive intervals, harmonic richness and suspensive resonance prevail in her creations. She has forged an original language which explores the various facets through the series of Jeux de clés. She is also the author, in a tonal language, of a compendium for piano Klass' Ambiance-Remembrance.
Award: 1998, Diploma of Honor contest TIM (Torneo Internazionale di Musica - Rome) for Jeux de clés (created in 2000 to the second Festival " Alfeo Gigli " Bologna ) and Symétrie.

Manuela Costa

Born in 1964 in Oliveira de Azeméis (Portugal), she studied at the Oporto Music Conservatory and concluded the Piano course under Professor Fausto Neves. She went on to study at the ESMAE (Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo) as a student of Professor Pedro Burmester and post graduated later with Professor Madalena Soveral. Since 1991 she is piano teacher at the Oporto Music Conservatory.