"It's never too late to
be what you could become"
Claudia Criscuolo, stage-name Sya (pronounced Sea-ah), is an artist
from Rome, Italy – a singer, a composer, and an arranger of music.
Her love for the art emerged when she was a child. She studied piano and
guitar and, when she was ten years old, she "discovered" her voice – her natural
talent. A few years later she composed her first songs and wrote her first poems.
Her voice is often compared to that of Mina and sometimes even mistaken for
it, because of its timbre and range. After years of studying and research she has
acquired a personal style that has rendered her a wonderfully communicative interpreter
in song. Always an experimenter with her vocal instrument, she has full command
of it, with excellent intonation and sense of time, and an innate sense of rhythm.
She uses tones and overtones, sweeping fluidly from low to high, and venturing into
began as a singer of light modern music, her versatility has allowed her to expand
her range into other types of music, including classical. While preferring jazz
and spoken word styles, she has nevertheless been able to demonstrate her overwhelming
strength and mastery – that of improvisation. Because she gave precedence to her
role as a mother, she has attained neither widespread fame nor glory in her singing
Her curriculum vitae is not replete with the names of the famous musicians
who might have been her collaborators, although she did have the privilege to work
with the jazz legend
and with the group "Area". She is pleased and proud to have worked with many
other talented musicians, whose skills she has always recognized and appreciated
and who have, in turn, significantly enriched her own experience of music.
In 1984, she completed nine new songs
in collaboration with Lucio Macchiarella.
In 1993 she set off on a spiritual course
which she continues to follow, and which brought her, in
1999, to record a song of her own composition entitled "Alba
(Daybreak)". "Alba" was entirely improvised and inspired by the
process of image visualization. In this song, Sya employs her voice as an
instrument of sound transmission that "goes beyond comprehensible words."
A music critic described the track in this way: "In 'Alba', the elements of her
voice, because of their extraordinary tonal qualities, echo and superimpose themselves
one upon another until they resound together. This is possibly one of the most sacred
works performed by a singer of world music, in which the music becomes a dream-like
delirium and an incursion into the mind of the listener."
The ambitious aim of Sya's singing is to "make people's lives resonate",
or better, to succeed at making others perceive their own intrinsic potential and
to encourage in them a desire to manifest it. This, for her, should be her ultimate
purpose as an artist.
is born again today,
The earth gives birth
And everything begins to beat.
Dawn, the start of all things,
Is a new beginning,
It is like the phoenix,
It is the constant becoming
It is light
It is faith
It is hope
It is trust
In the eternity of life.
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