Alba is a very interesting singer, she does very creative things with looping and with her voice that have different effects and concepts, really very interesting, she’s definitely not locked in a particular type of thing.
A voice in between Morissette and Natasha Khan by way of Björk, astounding for her vocal variety and capacity to challenge the impossible… sonic inventions of remarkable refinement.
Alba proved yet another time not only to be a great singer, but also a sensitive poetry performer, capable of drawing the audience into the ‘story’ she’s delivering.
Good. That was… very good. I don’t know what to say!
Alba Nacinovich came close to music very early, winning the “Zecchino d’Argento” at Zecchino d’Oro children’s song festival in 1993. After studying classical piano with prof. Roberto Haller, she completed the Master in Jazz Singing, graduating with honours at the “Giuseppe Tartini” Conservatoire in Trieste (Italy) under the guide of professors Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier. She attended part of her studies at the “Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo” in Porto (Portugal) as an Erasmus student.
She had the pleasure to perform with the likes of the Grammy-nominated pianist Glauco Venier, the Joe Zawinul Legacy Band (Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Katisse Buckingham, Michael Baker, Bobby Thomas Jr), Janek Gwizdala, Arun Luthra and Jure Pukl.
Her electro-duo “The Hunting Dogs” was invited to perform at the Arezzo Wave Festival 2014 as winner of the “Sing happy with Brooks” contest which chose her song to become the soundtrack for the Brooks advertising spot airing on Sky TV. Their EP “Out To Hunt” entered the “Top 5 EPs in 2015” chart by Croatian newspaper Večernji List.
She figures on Žan Tetičkovič’s album “The Port Of Life“, winner of the ASCAP Foundation’s Johnny Mendel Prize 2017, on Zvjezdan Ružić’s “The Knightingale Cabaret” and Elvis Stanić Group’s “Sol et Luna” albums, both awarded with the Porin (the Croatian discographic award) as well as on Jan Sturiale’s and Damir Halilić Hal’s records.
She has been selected by the director Airelle Besson to join the “Euroradio Jazz Orchestra” (broadcasted by Radio France and BBC 3) for the France hosted 2017 edition. She performed at some of the most notable jazz festivals in Italy, Croatia and France such as Villa Celimontana Jazz, Jazz&Wine of Peace, Veneto Jazz, Trieste loves Jazz, Südtirol Jazzfestival, D’Jazz Nevers, Jazz sou les pommiers, Jazzdor, Liburnia Jazz, Jazz Time Rijeka and at other prestigious venues such as viennese Porgy & Bess, Pula Roman amphitheatre, Zagreb’s Lisinski auditorium, Bologna’s Estragon and Ljubljana’s Kino Šiška.
She attended workshops by Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Stefano Bollani, Marc Ribot, Diana Torto, the Ohad Talmore NewsReel and the Stage International de Jazz in Trier (Germany).
She has collaborated with the Croatian and Italian Dramas and the Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre “Ivan pl. Zajc” in the roles of solo singer, soundtrack performer and actress, as well as with the Zagreb contemporary music Cantus Ansambl.
She has been teaching modern and jazz singing in various music schools in Italy and at summer workshops in Croatia. She was a music programmer at the Croatian National Radio Station “Radio Rijeka” before moving to London in 2017.
During the London stay in 2017-2018 she brought her duo Alba&Leo to the stages of Ronny Scott’s Upstairs, The Troubadour, and opened for Natacha Atlas the Cambridge Ahbab Festival. She was also accepted into The Rattle, a game-changing collective of artists and tech developers, founded by experts from the MIT and the Abbey Road Studios.
Alba&Leo are currently recording with the Mercury Music Prize nominated producer Gerry Diver. Their latest single “Won’t be back soon” was selected by Frank Turner and Mungo Jerry as the 2nd prize winner at the Absolute Music Best Original Song Competition.
In 2019 The Hunting Dogs performed at the main showcases of the region: the Austrian WavesVienna, the Hungarian BUSH – Budapest Showcase Hub and the Italian SudWave, where they won the ArezzoWave “Best Italian up-and-coming artist 2019“, which will lead them on tour all across Italy in 2020 to promote their upcoming album.
Some tracks from Alba’s projects as leader (Alba&Leo, The Hunting Dogs, Questionin’ Answers) and the albums she had the pleasure to play on side by side with Elvis Stanić, Žan Tetičkovič, Zvjezdan Ružić, Lenart Krečič, Jan Sturiale, Jure Pukl, Damir Halilić Hal, Filip Novosel.