One of the most talented singers in the Mediterranean today, Franca Masu's thrilling voice first graced the jazz scene in the mid-'90's, during a concert appearance with American clarinet legend Tony Scott; Scott - who played extensively with Billie Holiday - immediately declared her "one of Italy's top vocal talents". Self-taught, Franca went on to collaborate with the crème de la crème of jazz players and the ‘Orchestra Jazz’ in her native Sardinia. An enchanting improviser of all the shades of the vocal instrument, her profound love and understanding of Mediterranean musical traditions has enriched her jazz stylings, and she has chosen to sing in the Catalan dialect of her hometown, the quaint Sardinian seaport of Alghero. Franca Masu's first recording reveals an artist already fully formed and mature. Her CD, El Meu Viatge - published by Saint Rock, produced and arranged by Mark Harris - is a brilliant fresco portraying the restless dreams, the passion, the melancholy and most secret longings of an artist who, from her beloved isle of Sardinia, shares with the world her coastal song of life, love, death... dedicated to the vast sea that pulls and pushes her along on her boundless, borderless "voyage". In 2003 she publishes her second labor, Alguímia (Aramúsica), a homage to the most beautiful and powerful songs of Algherese tradition. In 2006 she publishes her third album Aquamare (Aramúsica-Felmay) defined by both Italian and Spanish critics as the most mature and complete labor by the artist. In 2008 she records Hoy Como Ayer (Aramúsica), a masterpiece dedicated to the classics of Argentine tango.
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