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World Music Day - Italian Jazz Ladies#1 - Chiara Pancaldi



World Music Day - Italian Jazz Ladies#1 - Chiara Pancaldi

World Music Day (La fête de la musique) 2021

June 21, 2021

World Music Day was officially launched in 1982. It is celebrated every year on the 21st June. Each year, people are encouraged to listen to their favourite music and share it with others.

World Music Day was originally an idea thought by American musician, Joel Cohen in the 1970s. He worked for a French radio station and wanted live music to be played in the evening of the 21st June to welcome the first day of summer. The idea wasn’t adopted until 1982 when Jack Lang, a French composer and Maurice Fleuret, a music journalist, joined France’s Ministry of Culture and encouraged the celebration of music, amateur and professional musicians. They wanted live music to be available to everybody, no matter what their heritage or background. Alas, the first Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) was born!

To celebrate this special day that in Europe coincides with the first day of Summer, the IIC Melbourne is pleased to present an online free concert in order to encourage the dialogue among genres and cultures and promote the European cultural heritage as well.

ITALIAN JAZZ LADIES project. As part of SUONI ITALIANI Digital Series, the format consists of three video-concerts by some of the most accredited Italian contemporary jazz singers. This original format aims to present not only highly quality performances recorded live in studio but also highlight the artistic and cultural heritage of Italy by introducing in post production beautiful images of the home towns of the three artists: Rome for Susanna Stivali, Milan for Alice Ricciardi and Bologna for Chiara Pancaldi.

The first concert of the series will be by and dedicated to Chiara Pancaldi. Trailer

  • Watch the video-concert in exclusive on the IIC Melbourne YouTube channel on 21 and 22 June: click here


Italian jazz singer and songwriter with a “light’s as air sound and beautiful phrasing” (Jazzwise Magazine) “never fails to excite or impress” (Jazztime magazine).

Born and raised in Bologna, a small town in the North of Italy, she started classical piano studies at 10, and singing since her very early childhood. She soon developed an interest in jazz, singing along with the records and jamming with musicians.

Chiara graduated from the University of Bologna in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology, with a thesis on Indian Classical Music, then graduated from the Conservatory of Bologna in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Music.

She has performed live in clubs and festivals in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, England, Bulgaria, Japan: Bansko Jazz Festival, Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, Audi Forum Jazz, Cala Gone Jazz Festival, Garda Jazz Festival, Padova Jazz Festival, Museo Internazionale della Musica, Umbria Jazz, London Jazz Festival, CrossRoads Jazz Festival, Sunset Sunside Jazz Club, Jazzkeller Jazz Club, Porgy and Bess, Unterfahrt Jazz Club, Teatro Giordano, Teatro Morlacchi, Ancona Jazz Festival, Bologna Jazz Festival, Muze Cultural Center, Torrione Jazz Club, Alexander Plaz Jazz Club, Cantina Bentivoglio Jazz Club, Paradiso Jazz Festival, Blue Note Milano, and many more.

She has collaborated and toured with many great european and american jazz musicians such as Cyrus Chestnut, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth, Darryl Hall, Kirk Lightsey, Don Menza, Vincent Bourgeyx, Olvier Hutman, Jeremy Pelt, Laurent Maur, Fabrizio Bosso, Roberto Tarenzi, Piero Odorici, Nico Gori, Bernd Reiter, Helmut Kagerer, Marc Abrams, to name a few.

Her second album I WALK A LITTLE FASTER, with Cyrus Chestnut on piano, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums, has been awarded as Best Vocal Jazz Album 2015 by the Jazz Critique Magazine.

Her last album WHAT IS THERE TO SAY (Challenge Records International) features the legendary Kirk Lightsey on piano and Darryl Hall on bass. Two special guests enrich the session, both on two ballads: Jeremy Pelt who played on What is there to say, the track that gives the title at the record, and Laurent Maur who played on A timeless place (The peacocks).

With her new project SONGS DON’T GROW OLD ALONE she looks for a new sound that is influenced by contemporary jazz and brazilian music. The repertorie has original songs and some brazilian, pop and folk songs rearranged, explored with freshness and a strong lean towards interplay and improvisation.


Date: Da Monday, June 21, 2021 a Sunday, July 04, 2021

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

In collaboration with : Newageproductions

Entrance : Free