The National Italian newspaper “Il Tirreno”, recently hailed jazz countertenor Emiliano Loconsolo’s “Sophisticated, elegant, delicate voice, almost fragile like Chet Baker, fascinating in his melodies and in his velvet swing.” Labeled by the critics as “an authentic promise in Jazz Singing,” he has collaborated with some of the best jazz artists in Europe including Stefano “Cocco” Cantini, Stefano Bollani, Paolino Dalla Porta, and Massimo Manzi. Emiliano has performed at the famous Capolinea club in Milan, the Lucca Jazz Festival in Tuscany, Break in Jazz in Milan, and the prestigious Umbria Jazz Winter Festival in Orvieto.
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A native of Milan, Emiliano Loconsolo is taking a refreshing step away from the commercial market through a diverse and fascinating repertoire that includes American Songbook classics, 16th century Italian villanella’s, baroque arias, and contemporary art songs. Mr. Loconsolo is trained in both jazz and classical voice and has cultivated a vocal technique that seamlessly blends tenor and countertenor registers and can approach work across multiple genres and periods. His hybrid sound is increasingly finding its place within new music, while he brings the expressive bel canto tradition into a jazz context.
Emiliano is one of the very few performers in the world today interpreting the poignant work of legendary folk singer Roberto Murolo, the undisputed master of the canzone popolare napoletana, son of the great 19th century poet Ernesto Murolo. In 2005 he collaborated with avant-garde jazz icon Irene Aebi on rarely heard and never before performed vocal compositions by her husband, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, and was a member of the American premiere of Futurities, a groundbreaking song cycle created by Mr. Lacy and renowned American poet Robert Creeley.
Mr. Loconsolo was a semi-finalist for the Italian National Award Premio Massimo Urbani in 2001, and recently a finalist in the 1st International Young Jazz Singers Competition in Brussels. In 2005 he was invited to perform at the Bali International Jazz Festival, and was the subject of two radio specials broadcast on Radio Palermo in Buenos Aires and Punto Radio Cascina from Pisa. His performances have been heard on WATD in United States, ABC Radio in Australia, and public radio in Russia.
In Italy, Mr. Loconsolo was the founder of Cantinajazz, a very popular program for three years in Tuscany which explored the artistic relationship between jazz and wine through narration and performance. He is a co-founder of Newpoli, a Boston-based Italian folk group.
Mr. Loconsolo emigrated to the United States in 2002 upon receiving Berklee College of Music’s international best talent scholarship and received a BA in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He currently resides in New York City.
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