Laura Fedele

(Genova, 12 Settembre 1959) Cantante, pianista e compositrice, rivela il suo talento già all’età di cinque anni, suonando il pianoforte senza che nessuno gliel’abbia insegnato. Si trasferisce a Milano dove incontra il sassofonista Paolo Tomellieri e muove i primi passi nella musica jazz cantando nei locali dell’hinterland lombardo. Il suo debutto discografico risale al 1984 con l’uscita dell’album Right now. Partecipa a festival italiani ed internazionali tra cui il prestigioso “Jazz & Heritage Festival” di New Orleans. Nel 1995 è invitata al Premio Tenco con l’album Laura Fedele, che contiene quasi esclusivamente canzoni da lei composte, e in seguito partecipa a molte trasmissioni televisive. Nel 2004 registra il suo primo album live Independently Blue: le canzoni di Nina Simone omaggio al repertorio della cantante americana. Dal 2005 al 2007 collabora con il mensile di musica InSound, dove ha una sua rubrica intitolata “La voce”. Sempre nel 2007 è invitata alla rassegna “Just like a woman” a fianco di Patty Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater e Rickie Lee Jones. Attiva anche sul versante didattico è docente di canto jazz al Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Como.

Lei Feng Johansson

(born in Zheng Zhou, China, 1971, resident Gothenburg, Sweden) started playing the piano at the age of five. In 1988-1993 she studied composition at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with professor Ming-xin Du. In 1996-1997 she did post graduate studies at the same school with professor Xiao-gang Ye. In 1999 she went to Gothenburg, Sweden in order to study with professor Ole Lützow-Holm at the Academy of Music and Dram in Gothenburg. She graduated with a diploma in 2004. In 1998 her cello concerto, The Mood of the End of the Year, won the Prize of the Audience at the 7th Composition Competition in Taiwan. Since 1988 Johansson has composed 30 pieces in the range from solo pieces to orchestral works.
Selected works: Wink, 2009, for fl; Olle och Skatan, 2012,2013, for cl, chit, vlc, V-recit; Seven, 2009, for fl, cl, 2 perc, chit, pf, vl vlc; Människor, for chamber orch; Qi, 2003, for orch; Walk with you, 2000, for str; The cross, for Coro-bi and accompaniment; You are my friend, Jesus, 2012, for Coro- and accompaniment.
Publications direction: Available at Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB

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Lorena Fontana

(born 1st Aprl 1961 in Formigone, Italy, and resident there) composer. She studied jazz-rock music at the Guildhall School of Music in London in 1987, and then she gained a dipoloma in Opera Singing at the "F. Venezze" Conservatory in Rovigo (Italy) in 1991 and in Jazz Music at the "Bomporti" Conservatoy in Trento (Italy) with Franco D'Andrea in 1997. She also attended a course in Big Band Arrangements with Bruno Tommaso (1992) and studied jazz improvisation with the saxophone player Lee Konitz and the singer Sheila Jordan in New York (1993) and with the contemporary soprano Dorothy Dorow (1995-1996). She has participated in radio and TV programmes as guest musician and performed in many concerts and festivals such as "VoceDonna" (Parma, Italy) 2007, "Woma Jazz at Les Printemps des Poetes Couleur Femme" (Luxembourg) 2010 and at the Concert season Latina Jazz Club 2012, collaborating (in concerts and recordings) with several National and International musicians and band in the jazz, pop/rock, ethnic, new age and contemporary music fields. She has also taught jazz and choral singing in various music schools and conservatories and has held different seminars and courses.
Selected works: Il golpe, recorded in her CD "Lanxsatura", MAP/Nuova Fonit Cetra, 1994; The father and his child and Dubitango, redorded in in her CD "Radici Iberiche & Musica Vagabonda", Panastudio Production, 1998; Mother's milk Lullaby, for the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, 2001; L'angelo caduto and Straz ed nebia, recorded in her CD "Guccini in Jazz", Music centre, 2004; Music is an isle, A vision, Cinderella and What I'm worth, recorded in her CD "A vision", Aleo Music, 2013.

Contact: www.lorenafontana.com