Award-winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her unique take on material from the new American songbook as well as classic standards by artists as varied as Pink Floyd and Duke Ellington, Dolly Parton and Johnny Mercer. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric and was called “a powerhouse of individual expression” by David Finkle of The Village Voice.
Gabrielle began singing as a soloist with orchestras at the age of 15 and has since performed on stages from Amsterdam to New York including Carnegie Hall, the Hammerstein Ballroom, the Iridium Jazz Club, BB King Blues Club, Birdland Jazz Club, Comix, the Fulton Theatre, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where she opened for Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson. She sang the role of Anita in West Side Story with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a soloist with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops and in the European tour of HAIR. She sings with a “forceful emotional presence and a versatile, well-shaded voice,” says Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, and Peter Haas of Cabaret Scenes, describes her voice as “clear andclean, expressive, supple, with unforced power.”
Gabrielle is the winner of the 2008 Backstage/Bistro Award for Performer on the Rise, was the 1st runner-up at the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition in Harlem and was named to a list of the top ten cabaret acts of 2008 by John Hoglund of theaterscene.net. “One of today's most promising vocalists …. Whether crooning sultry standards like “Skylark or “My Foolish Heart” or playing with Pink Floyd, she embraces each line with perfect, supple phrasing and effective breath control that rivals all that the competition longs for. With luck, she will be picked up by a jazz label and given the world stage her talents deserve.”
She enjoys work-shopping and performing new works by emerging composers and lyricists and has workedwith Adam Gwon (Roundabout Theatre Co.), Todd Almond (Yale Rep), Adam Bock (2006 Obie Award), Marisa Michelson (2011 Jonathan Larson Award), Liz Duffy Adams (Frederick Loewe Award), John Hodian (NY Emmy Award), deaf composer Jay Alan Zimmerman, the New Dramatists and the Directors Guild. Gabrielle holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has studied with acclaimed jazz vocalists Nancy Marano and Marion Cowings. www.gabriellestravelli.com