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Chiara Civello

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Chiara Civello


SONO COME SONO is the name of Chiara Civello’s latest single. It expresses the freedom to be who you are, without necessarily belonging to a genre or style, because, as Duke Ellington said, there are two kinds of music: good music and everything else.

The repertoire focuses on the songs that have defined her career: from her beginnings in New York, through Brazilian collaborations, to reinterpretations of songs from around the world and all the supporting roots that have made her who she is today.


About Chiara Civello

An Italian singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist with a strong international background, who since the beginning has made hybridization, the mixing of different languages the hallmark of her artistic identity.

Chiara Civello, Roman by birth, has divided her life between Italy, the United States and Brazil.  With six records under her belt, Chiara worked with many international artists over the past years. She collaborated with Burt Bacharach, Gilberto Gil, Ana Carolina, Chico Buarque, Esperanza Spalding, Al Jarreau and James Taylor. She also performed playing the piano on Gilberto Gilles European summer tour in 2018 for the Refavela 40 project.

After her study time at famous Berklee Music School she moved to NY, of course automatically connected to the Nuyorican jazz scene and continued to line up gigs in jazz clubs… A chance meeting with producer Russ Titelman (James Taylor, Paul Simon, Chaka Khan…) changed her life: he encouraged her to write her own songs, finding her own way without turning her back on her roots. Signed with Verve in 2005, her debut album (Last Quarter Moon) laid the foundations of her universe: that of a multilingual singer (Italian and English on this first album), a pianist and guitarist, who refuses to be bound by stylistic or linguistic shackles.

Tony Bennett claimed her to be „the best jazz singer of her generation“!

Gilberto Gil, Ana Carolina, Chico Buarque, Esperanza Spalding of course all heeded her call when offered a duet on Canzoni, an album produced by Nicola Conte with arrangements by Eumir Deodato on which Chiara covered torch songs that were symbolic of her heritage, in this way she has of combining the melodic strength of Italian songs with the harmonies and rhythms of jazz, blue-eyed soul and bossa nova. Come to see her live, her great talent and strong voice and enthusiasm on stage.

Chiara Civello joined forces for the second time with Marc Collin, French musician, film music composer, record producer and founder of the Nouvelle Vague project. After their first collaboration with Marc in 2017 on the album ‚Eclipse‘, they presented in January 2022, 12 classic French chansons all originals written between 1945 and 1975. The album is entitled: „CHANSONS“ (Chiara Civello sings international French standards).

These songs, carefully selected from artists such as Michel Legrand to Charles Aznavour, Charles Trénet, Édith Piaf, Jacques Brel or Gilbert Bécaud and Francis Lai are mostly well known but nevertheless surprising, as they have crossed borders for more than 70 years sometimes without reference to their French heritage.

Marcs production is pure with a little retro touch; a sort of vintage minimalism and covers a variety of styles from swing to Cuban rhythms through soul and blaxploitation, Chiara’s intimate voice, often baring her soul, simply wonderful and sensitive.


A few quotes:

„The beauty, charm and allure of singer/pianist/songwriter Chiara Civello’s debut…makes for an auspicious beginning and marks the first revelation of the New Year.“ Billboard

„Her combination of personality, soulfulness and sophistication [is] striking.“  The International Herald Tribune

„She’s more than a great singer, she’s a real musician and composer, and I love her dearly.“ Phil Woods


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