An Italian singer, Giuppi Paone started her musical training as a pianist, then moved on to classical singing but at nineteen, she discovered and fell in love with jazz. It happened by chance one night when she reluctantly accompanied a friend to a jazz concert. She was immediately impressed with the way the musicians related to their instruments and to each other, especially astonishing for her was the bass. It was incredible to this classically trained musician that they played using the sheet music as a “canovaccio” for their interplay. This is how she discovered improvisation and her life took on a new direction. She exchanged the piano for the alto saxophone and started a course of studies in jazz music, learning improvisation, composition and arranging at the Testaccio School of Music in Rome. Eventually she was keen to sing again but from a totally different perspective and has become an elegant interpreter.
As a singer Giuppi has collaborated with the most well-known jazz musicians in Italy like Eugenio Colombo, Umberto Petrin, Arrigo Cappelletti; she has sung for the composers Roberto Laneri, Giovanna Marini, Alvin Curran, Walter Zimmerman, Fabrizio De Rossi Re.
Her latest release, “Cinema italiano” combines her love for jazz and film. With a painter friend, she chose 14 songs from italian films, written by the most renown italian composers: Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Riz Ortolani, Piero Piccioni. She recorded her interpretations with pianist Carlo Cittadini, and the artist Gianni Di Nucci created a series of paintings on the subject of the same songs. In this way they hoped to combine their visual and audio interpretations into one indivisible whole. To be so, the cd is packed together with the catalogue of the paintings.