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Anna Lauvergnac

Jazz singer, traveler and social activist Anna Lauvergnac was born in Trieste -Italy, where she received a diploma as a primary school teacher and before choosing singing as the center of her existance, she studied Psychology for two years.

In the meantime she took an impressive variety of different jobs: she’s been a private teacher, a model, a cloak room attendant, a telephone operator, a waitress, a book seller,a cleaner, a music manager and concert organizer, a carpenter (as she puts it “…I guess I wanted to be Bohumil Hrabal”)

She started studying Jazz Singing in 1989 at the Berklee College Summer Clinics in Perugia -Italy, where she was offered a scholarship and received a special Artistic Mention. The same year she enrolled at the Art University for Music and Performing Arts of Graz – Austria, where she studied with Jazz Greats Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Andy Bey and Sheila Jordan.

Masterclasses with Reggie Workman and Barry Harris in New York City.

From 1999 to 2008 she’s been the vocalist of Europe leading international orchestra, the Vienna Art Orchestra. She toured extensively with the VAO, appearing on jazz festivals worldwide, and recorded on 12 of the band’s CD.

In 2008 she started her lates project, the Anna Lauvergnac International quartet, that features the wonderful Claus Raible on piano, bass-master Giorgos Antoniou, and the great Steve Brown on drums.

Their first CD “Unless there’s love” was released in 2012 and was nominated for the German Critic Prize the same year, ranking number 2.

Collaborations include extraordinary musicians such as Andy Bey, Bojan Zulfikarpasic, Julien Lourau, Pete Bernstein, Franco Vallisneri, Fritz Pauer, Francesco Bearzatti, Paolo Fresu, Bumi Fian, Andy Scherrer, Marc Buronfosse, Till Martin, Claus Raible,Thomas Stabenow, Paoulo Cardoso, Henning Siewert, Alegre Corrèa, Steve Kirby, Wolfgang Puschnig, Bruno Cesselli, Florian Bramboeck, Hank Gradischnig, Karl Sayer, Willi Resetarits, Oliver Kent to name a few.

Theater and Festival performances include Umbria Jazz, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Havanna, Berlin, Guimares, Paris, Freiburg, Milano, Varna, Madrid, Moskaw, Essen, Kiev, Vilnius, Vienna, Moers, Le Mans, Dresden, Nord Sea JazzFestival, Joragua do Sul, Joinville, Hamburg, Beijing, Oporto, Amsterdam, Angouleme, Zaragozza, Belfast, Zagreb, Lugano, Brugge, Orleans, Essen, Salamanca, Luzern, Salzsburg, Budapest, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano, Mantova, Nevers, Red Sea Jazz Festival, JVC festival, Time in Jazz, Barcelona, London, Luxenburg, Auxerre, San Sebastian, Graz, Gdynia, Prag, Zurich, Couches, Granada, Sevilla, Junas, Sarajevo, Sibiu, Bern, Cannes, Bergen, Lisbona, Basel.

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She teaches workshops and masterclasses in various European countries, from 2000 to 2002 she’s been teching jazz repertoire and body work at the Bruckner Konservatorium Linz-Austria

She wrote six soundtracks (tv and cinema) for the Austrian director Xaver Schwarzenberger

As a lyricist she’s been writing for different bands and projects, including the Vienna Art Orchestra.

She practice yoga, and Vipassana Meditation, loves flowers and doesn’t eat meat.

selected DISCOGRAPHY

“Anna Lauvergnac” -Anna Lauvergnac,with Andy Bey, Pete Bernstein, Claus Raible, John Di Martino, Andy Scherrer, Alegre Corèa…etc( TCB)

“Unless there’s love” with Claus Raible-piano, Giorgos Antoniou-bass, Howard Curtis -drums (Alessa Records)

“You Must Believe in Spring” -Till Martin quartet and Anna Lauvergnac (Petit Paquet records)

“Come Closer” -Julia Huelsmann trio with Anna Lauvergnac (ACT)

With the Vienna Art Orchestra:

American Rhapsody (BMG)

Quiet Ways (Verve)

Duke Ellington Sound of Love (TCB)

Centenary journey (Quinton)

Art&Fun (Universal)

Big Band Poesie (Universal)

Duke Ellington Sound of Love vol.2 (Universal)

Swing and Affairs (Universal)

Vienna Art Orchestra “3” (Universal)

Compilations:

“The finest female jazz today” vol 2 (Edel)

“The finest female jazz today” vol 5 (Edel)