Appearing in National Jazz Awards Finals, 7.30pm Wednesday 28 October
Olivia Chindamo is a New York-based jazz vocalist from Australia whose unique voice effortlessly carries and delivers stories and melodies with the highest level of integrity, honesty and musicianship. With a special love for improvisation, Olivia’s musical endeavours offer a fresh combination of old and new as she continually fuses an ever expanding knowledge of jazz history with her modern sensibilities, impressive technique control and textural versatility.
As the first ever vocalist to receive the prestigious Bell Award for “Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year” in 2016, Olivia has firmly cemented her place in her local and national jazz scene. Touring and performing frequently with her own projects and as a guest to globally celebrated artists such as James Morrison (AUS) and Willie Murillo (USA), Olivia is no stranger to the stage.
Recent highlights include her debut performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and travelling to Europe with Willie Murillo to perform and record with Big Band Liechtenstein.
Having studied under the tutelage of some of America’s finest jazz musicians at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music in 2016, Olivia felt more drawn to the United States than ever before, inspiring her bold move to relocate to the other side of the world and fully pursue her love and passion for jazz music. Olivia is currently studying at The Juilliard School, where she is a part of the inaugural Jazz Voice graduate program.
“Olivia Chindamo is a new singer on the NYC jazz scene and she’s really going places. She’s got the whole package: great sound, soul, pitch and amazing scatting abilities. So take it from me, go check her out!” – Randy Brecker (USA/Trumpeter, The Brecker Brothers)
“She’s what every jazz instrumentalist wants to hear – when Olivia scats, it’s like having another great horn player in the band.” – James Morrison AM (AUS/Multi-instrumentalist, entertainer, educator)
“Beautiful intonation and time feel, she’s got the lot!” – Don Burrows AO, MBE (AUS/Multi- instrumentalist, composer, educator)