– She carried out her studies at the International School of Milan, Oxford Institute
High school certificate: Liceo Linguistico Internazionale, where she studied
Professional Diploma in foreign languages (French and English) released
by Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori in Milano, where she followed
a 3-year course. She also studied German.
Vocal Technique, Theory and Solfeggio - Professional Certificate released
by NAM in Milano, where she also specialized in stage-behaviour, diction, orthoepy
She took voice lessons with Anna Bakja for two years at
the SMUM Institute in Lugano, Switzerland, and practiced blues and jazz improvisation
with Anna Bakja and
She studied classical piano with Dorothy Mae Charles who was also
her first voice teacher, and with Irma Pandolfi. She took harmony and jazz
piano lessons with
followed various workshops and seminars (gospel and black music, jazz, improvisation,
vocal technique) and is constantly keeping up-to-date on subjects concerning vocal
training, vocal technique, jazz music and teaching.
She has been the vocalist of the
Enos Patracchini Big Band until
2005, when Maestro Enos Patracchini suddenly
died. With the Big Band she had gigs in Theaters and in clubs, such as the Gimmi's
Club in Milan. She also participated to TV shows such as Telethon, with the Big
Band, and sang for prestigious events organized by the Commune of Milano and various
other Communes such as "Milano Estate" where the Big Band played in Piazza del Cannone
at the Sforza Castle. She had the joy and honour of singing with artists such as
Riccardo Vigoré, Umberto Marcandalli, Massimo Patracchini,
Mario Cavallaro, Pippo Colucci. The musicians of the
Enos Patracchini Big Band
with whom she shared the stage for seven years are: Diego Lambertini,
Wolf Ekkhart Sillem, Luciano Guerrieri, Martino Pozzi, Paolo
Lopolito, Paolo Rebulla, Costanzo Laini, Andrea Baroldi,
Paolo Bulgheroni, Pietro Maiocchi, Francesca Belcastro,
Massimo Patracchini, Lewis Edward Short, Sergio Chieregato,
Bruno Manzini, Germano Sigolo, Anna Bettoni and Giorgio Chiari.
She has been the vocalist of the "Original Garden Jazz Band" for
She collaborated for years with "Guitar Club" and "Drum Club"
Voice and Vocal technique instructor at Gynmusic (Paderno Dugnano,
Milano) from 2000 to
Director of the Voice Department and Vocal technique intructor at Accademia
Vivaldi (Bollate, Milano).
She also held professional voice classes at the N.A.M. School of Music
She is a member of A.I.C.I. (Italian Voice Teachers Association),
which is in its turn a member of E.V.T.A. (European Voice Teachers Association).
A.I.C.I. is also a member of I.C.V.T. (International Congress of Voice Teachers).
She sings with
Underground Gospel Project (contemporary gospel). With this vocal group, she
participated to events such as "Acqua per l'Etiopia" (2004)
at the Idropark Fila and to concerts held during the event "Una Notte
per gli Angeli" in Piazza Duomo in Milan in December
2003 and 2004. In December
2004 a film and recording of U.G.P.'s
live performance was included in a box containing a DVD and CD of various Gospel
Groups which participated to this prestigious event. Eva Simontacchi recorded,
with other artists, the vocals in the U.G.P. demo which was recorded at the
LOGIC Studio of Carmelo La Bionda. (2003)
She collaborated on stage or during recordings in studio with other professional
artists such as
Monica Magnani, Isabella Casucci, Jenny Tempesta,
Elisa Rosselli, Ferdinando Di Martino, Claudia Bernath, Letizia
Turrà, Sheu Tanimowo, Sagi Reitan, Yonatan Rukhman,
Ranieri Di Biagio, Marlena Colecchia, Marco Guerzoni,
Andrea Candido, Cristina Di Bella, Alice
Edun, and many others.
For the U.G.P. projects she collaborated with the following musicians:
Andrea Pollione, Marco Mangelli, Salvo Correri, Marcello
"Bread" Schena and Giancarlo Urso.
The more I see you
She followed the Vocal Power Singing Method Workshop held by
Howard (in the various styles: Blues, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Musical Theatre,
etc.) organized by the Italian Voice Teachers Association (A.I.C.I.).
2003 – She organizes a stage behaviour workshop
with Silvia Beillard at Accademia Vivaldi in Bollate (Milan).
2003 – She follows a workshop held by Michele Hendricks, organized
by Piacenza jazz Club.
2004 – She deepens her studies of the blues with
2004 – She becomes Director of the Voice Courses at Accademia Vivaldi
in Bollate (Milan).
2004 – She follows a PNL practitioner
course at EMMEESSE s.n.c. in Milano, Via Vincenzo Monti, 8 – held by Franco Castagnola
– Coach and Master Practitioner and Lorenzo Bresciani – Room Coach for Emmeesse
2004 – She follows a two-day master class "The Secrets of Singing"
Elisabeth Howard for voice teachers at the Cambiomusica School
in Brescia, organized by A.I.C.I.
2004 – She organizes and translates the workshop held by
Howard at Accademia Vivaldi (with the participation of A.I.C.I.)
2004 – She translates
Howard's workshop at C.D.P.M. in Bergamo, organized by
the School's Director
2004 – She organizes, with the collaboration of the Accademia's Modern
Music Director, Mr. Andrea Papini,
Clayton's Master Class at the Accademia Vivaldi in Bollate (Milan).
2004 – She receives the Certificate of Vocal Power Singing Method
2005 – She organizes and translates
Master Class at the Accademia Vivaldi in Bollate (Milan).
2005 – She is interviewed for a jazz radio program by
pianist, composer, and Director of C.D.P.M. Music School in Bergamo for Radio
April 2005 – She follows a workshop with
Maria Pia De
Vito at C.E.M.M. music university in Bussero.
May 2005 – She organizes
Master Class at Accademia Vivaldi in Bollate (Milano).
June 2005 – She organizes, with
a two-day workshop with
Clayton at C.E.M.M. music university in Bussero.
June 2005 – Organizes and follows a Master Class
for singers held by
Clayton in Novate Milanese.
June 2005 - Background gospel vocals in the
song "Che Ritorni La Sera" (L. Bonometti) in the album "Laura
Bono" by Laura Bono (winner of Sanremo
2005 "young singers" contest) recorded at
"Alphaville Studios" in Milano. The gospel choir has been written and directed
by Tiziano Cogliati and recorded by Sylvain Prevost.
Founder of the choir project "Happy Day Gospel Choir" (formed by voice
students) with Ranieri Di Biagio.
Founder of the professional vocal group "4 Heaven
& More", for which she follows the repertoire and the choir harmonizations
with Giancarlo Urso and Ranieri Di Biagio. The singers in this project
Eva Simontacchi) are: Claudia Bernath, Ranieri Di
Biagio, Emanuela Gramaglia, Gabriele Rofi, Jenny Tempesta
(vocals) and Giancarlo Urso (piano). "4 Heaven
& More" has a repertoire of Gospel Classics and of traditional afroamerican
spirituals, and some interesting harmonizations of classical pieces such as "Ave
Maria" by Gounod and "Ave Maria" by Schubert.
Eva Simontacchi writes interviews and reviews which are regularly published
on-line by Jazzitalia (www.jazzitalia.net).
Among the artists she interviewed we name:
Clayton. Her articles are also translated in
and published by the bimonthly Jazz Magazine "Jazz-Quadrat".
She often collaborates, for her interviews and reviews, with
A paragraph of her interview to
for Jazzitalia has been quoted inside
front cover for the album "Believe In Jazz – Sheila Jordan
live with Serge Forté Trio" (Ella Productions
2004), and she wrote a presentation for
album "Straight Ahead", recorded in Italy with
E.S.P. Trio (Cipelli, Zanchi, Cazzola – Special guest
Fresu) which is printed inside the cover of the CD (2005).
Voice and Vocal Technique program: it may be read in the
Italian version of this page
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