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.