|December 28, 2012To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
|On Sunday, December 30th, at 4PM, Antoinette Silicato will be gracing the stage at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, NYC, followed by a book signing. Her show, I COULD WRITE A BOOK, offers a gorgeous selection of songs found in the pages of her newly released cookbook, SOULFUL SICILIAN COOKING. Centering each recipe in the music that she loves to listen to and sing, Silicato breathes new life into a plethora of great music and lyric by composers: Victor Young & Sam M. Lewis, Irving Berlin, Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart, Hoagy Carmichael & Ned Washington, Cole Porter, Domenico Mondugno to name but a few. Music director, Mario Sprouse, who Silicato has collaborated with for over twenty-five years, will be leading the trio on piano. Antoinette Silicato is a singer/performer/author who, for more than three decades, resided in New York City and worked in Jazz Ensembles, Negro Spiritual Choirs, Gospel Choirs and Musical Theatre. As a solo artist, she has smartly amassed these musically rich experiences into a swinging style that sparkles with excitement and into a storytelling balladeer, rendering lyrics and melodies that are deeply visceral, defining her as a timeless song stylist/chanteuse.
Harold Mabern, jazz pianist/composer, began coaching the young Silicato in jazz vocal styles shortly after her arrival in New York City, during the summer of 1976. Solidifying a call to sing, she continued vocal training and went on to study classical voice with her mentor and teacher, the renowned Professor Edward Boatner and spent several seasons performing with his Negro Spiritual Choir. Max Roach was quoted as saying, “there has been no greater influence on the world of Black choral music than Edward Boatner.” A suggestion made by Dizzy Gillespie led her to the tutelage of Barry Harris and performed, for a number of years, in his annual Symphony Space Concerts, under the conductorship of Coleridge Taylor Perkinson; she simultaneously furthered private classical vocal studies with New York Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Magda Stott, of Latvia. During this period, as a member of various ensembles, other stages where Silicato added her voice include Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Ellis Island.
2007-2010: Silicato lived in Taormina, Sicily and continued to lift her voice between New York and Italy, where an international following added flavor to her style and reflected in her artistry. The Italian/American newspaper OGGI has declared that Silicato sings “in the genre of Edith Piaf, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.” During this period, Silicato honed another passion, the Sicilian Mediterranean style of cooking. After spending a great amount of time collecting carefully chosen recipes in the homes of local Sicilian women and men, “SOULFUL SICILIAN COOKING” has been made possible by Legas Publishing.
Las Vegas Jazz Society President, Frank Leone, who is also the president of the Musicians Local of Las Vegas 369 stated, “…Silicato’s soulful voice, with its great range, delivered from a soft whisper to that of resounding belting, always with intensity.”
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