Marta Del Grandi
Vocal Coach (November 29, 2016 till January 23, 2017)
Winner of CONCOURIOSO 2016, selected for De Nieuwe Lichting and Humo’s Rock Rally 2016.
Born in 1988 in a small town called Abbiategrasso, close to Milan, Marta grows up in a creative family where no one is a musician but everybody likes beautiful things.
Encouraged by her family to develop her passion for music, she starts studying at Civici Corsi di Jazz in Milan in 2008. She discovers jazz and improvisation and starts singing in bars and clubs with different bands. Soon she’ll be taking part in competitions and festivals, winning in 2011 the Special Prize awarded by singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla at the contest Porsche Live Giovani e Jazz in Padova (IT).
She starts writing music and lyrics (both in Italian and English) and wins a scholarship to attend a songwriting course at CET Centro Europeo Toscolano, funded by famous lyrics writer Mogol.
In 2012 she moves to Ghent, Belgium, to continue her studies with a Master in Jazz Vocals at the Royal Conservatory. In Belgium she is inspired by the many good musicians she has the chance to listen to and to collaborate with. The diversity of the scene is very interesting for her artistic development.
She meets bass player Nils Vermeulen and together they start working on her songs, then ask guitarist Artan Buleshkaj and drummer Simon Raman to join the band.
In 2014 she spends four months in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she teaches jazz vocals, music and songwriting at Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory.
In 2015 she spends five months in China working for the Golden Jazz Contemporary Music Institute in Zhuhai, Guangdong.
In 2015 she collaborates with Ecuadorian guitarist Luis Castro, recording his second album at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn (NYC).
The debut album “Invertebrates” (released on March 29th) is recorded, mixed and produced by Pier Ballarin from T.U.P. Studio, Brescia (IT). The songs, written in Milan, Ghent and Kathmandu, talk about how the world outside connects to the world inside, with different characters and scenarios.
In this album many different influences come together, from traditional to experimental jazz, from melodic singer-songwriters to alternative rock and electric sounds. (http://vi.be/martarosa)