LUISA ANNIBALI, Italian-born and Ireland-based artist, is the leading voice of the newest generation of jazz musicians on the Dublin scene, with her boundless enthusiasm and vocal prowess.
Despite having played the piano since the age of 7 and having started to take vocal classes in various Jazz, Blues and attend Musical Theatre Workshops while she was still in Rome studying law at university, she didn’t understand at the time that music wasn’t just a hobby for her. It was only after relocating to Dublin in 2016 that she realised it was time she focused exclusively on her art, and in 2017 she enrolled at Newpark College (now Dublin City University), where she recently obtained her BA in‘Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance’.Luisa Annibali has spent years honing her technical skills and unique tone, and she continues to work on both live performances and studio recordings.
In the past, she worked as a singing teacher, music tutor, and vocal coach at the Sound Training College, the Sound Training Music Academy, and Music Generation Dublin City.Today, Luisa is the leader of ‘Lulu’s Swing Band’, a band that specializes in swing dancer and Lindy Hopper events and plays only swing music to reproduce the opulent vintage atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s. She’s also part of ‘The Dublin Jazz Co-op’.She regularly performs jazz, swing and bossa nova in many venues across both Ireland and Italy. In November 2022 she founded the ‘Lulu’s Jazz Club’, whose main goal is to create an inclusive space for bothnewcomers and established jazz musicians where they can freely perform and express their talent; this series of jazz concerts takes place every Tuesday in Whelan’s and every Thursday in The International Bar.On her original projects, such as those with the ‘Luisa Annibali Band’, she blends music from her native Italy with Brazilian tinges and contemporary jazz. The band’s music is her outlet to express herself fully, to bring alive her personality and her talent.All the songs are original works by the band’s leader, and many of the arrangements were created in collaboration with Johnny Batista, the band’s Brazilian guitarist. The band performs both across Ireland and Italy.
Her new track ‘My Own Paradise’ (which will be this month) is a perfect example of her own personal take on jazz music, mixing feminist themes with contemporary jazz undertones. Her lyrics frequently address self-improvement and self-love. She takes the audience on a happy, energising, and upbeat musical and emotional journey of empowerment and consciousness during her concerts.The music has echoes of artists like Gretchen Parlato and Esperanza Spalding while maintaining a constant awareness of its jazz standard repertoire background.Indeed, what distinguishes her music and her performances from others is the meeting of people with various cultural and artistic backgrounds.
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