Alba Plano is a Jazz, Neo Soul singer from Sicily.
She is very well renowned for her unique vocal texture and for being an extremely versatile artist; she has started her carrier hosteing a show for Dabliu Radio (Sicily) and working as an actress for Italian TV for a few years. She has also studied fashion design, although her biggest field of interest is music.
She started singing in her late teens, inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. At the age of 24 she began her jazz vocal studies with acclaimed vocalists, such as Norma Winstone, Kurt Elling, Barry Harris, Bob Stoloff, Joe Blake and Maria Pia De Vito, experimenting and using her voice as a proper instrument.
She is strongly influenced by Chet Baker, Bobby McFerrin and many others; Although she has always had a strong passion for Hip Hop and R&B.
Alba is based in London and she is collaborating with accomplished musicians such as Enzo Zirilli (drummer for Enrico Pieranunzi, Omar), Robin Banerjee (guitarist for Amy Winehouse), Mike Gorman (keyboard player for Boy George), Jonathan Idiagbonya (pianist for Anthony Joseph) and Karme Caruso (keyboard player for Bassment Project). She is also backing vocalist for emerging soul artist Jordan Rakei (one of Gilles Peterson's favourites).
Alba is currently working on her debut album "White Lotus" featuing Julian Mazzariello, Dario Deidda, Enzo Zirilli, Karme Caruso and Stefano Cost
Now based in London, Karme began his music career as a pianist in his hometown, Catania (Sicily), later making a name for himself as a vocalist and keyboard player first in Palermo where he studied jazz, then moving to Milan where he produced his debut EP “Evasioni Prevedibili”.
Passionate about groove and jazz-influenced music, Karme is recognized for his absolute professionalism, taste and generous musicality.
Groovy hooks, attentive listening and care for details and sounds are key points of his playing. His work experience includes the likes of Eliza Doolittle, Maverick Sabre, Pixie Lott, Blue, Rizzle Kicks, Omar, Gloria Gaynor, The Supremes and Jocelyn Brown among the others. Also UK Musical Director for Karyn White, Joyce Simms, Jean Carn, Melba Moore and Maysa Leak.
I started playing guitar and bass at the age of 4, took a degree in Classical Guitar at the italian "Conservatorio" (Italy's most renowned academy) at the age of 12 and started a professional career at the age of 14. I also studied bass guitar with Massimo Moriconi (Mina, Chet Baker, Liza Minnelli) and I play drums and double bass.
In 2006 I started working as a session musician, arranging and recording for many italian artists, doing live shows and gigs, composing music for TV shows and adverts.
I moved to London four years ago and since then I've worked as a session player both live and studio. My session work includes names like Blue (http://wp.officialblue.com/), Hawk House (http://www.hawkhousemusic.com/), Omar (http://www.omarmusic.co.uk/), Tony Momrelle (http://www.tonymomrelle.com/), Wretch32 (http://www.wretch32.com/), Purple Ferdinand (http://www.purpleferdinand.com/), PB Underground (http://www.thepbunderground.com/), and many others. I'm currently in the process of writing and arranging original material for Tony Momrelle's next album and I'm producing and playing in five upcoming albums. From March onwards I'm gonna be playing with Craig David. We have a UK Arena tour coming up in March and then a US tour TBC and plenty of Festivals and Europe gigs in the summer. I'm currently endorsed by Kemper Amps, Marshall Amps, Protection Racket Cases, Godin guitars and Mùvara guitars