Voice to Luisa Cottifogli means singing, improvising, ”playing” like an instrument, acting, discovering and traveling in different cultures.
She obtained a diploma in both singing (Conservatorio G.B. Martini) and acting (Accademia Antoniana) at Bologna. She performed in the same city as a soprano at Teatro Comunale dell’Opera, as an actress at Teatro delle Moline (member of its company) and as a radio-broadcaster for her national radio-tv (RAI). She has been singing early music and a cappella music in Italy and Europe, then experimented new vocal styles, contemporary opera, jazz.
She created the female vocal sextet Vocinblue, arranging a cappella music and collaborating with such Italian artists as Ivano Fossati (Macramè), Lucio Dalla (Milingo), Glauco Mauri (The Tempest by Shakespeare), Nicola Campogrande (Capelas Imperfeitas). Then, thanks to Riccardo Tesi she takes part in the renewal of the historical show of traditional Italian music Bella Ciao, (with Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Ginevra Di Marco, Alessio Lega).
“Rumì” is the title of her cd and is a multimedia event, a concert immersed in suggestive videos and ancient stories: it magically joins together contemporary sounds and words from a past world, progressive-jazz-rock sounds with the colors of the dialect and the imaginative world from Romagna.
Her latest recording is “Like a tree in winter” (Visage Records), in which voices play a major role; produced together with Gabriele Bombardini it is dedicated to the North, mountains and metaphorically to the hard life of mankind.
Among her collaborations also are Andrea Parodi (Tazenda), Guo Hue, Giovanna Marini, David Riondino, Flavio Premoli (PFM), Andrea Centazzo, Roberto Cacciapaglia, Tomaso Lama.
“Luisa is a world music talent with extraordinary potential. Trained classicaly, she weaves Renaissance and Baroque elements, Middle Eastern sounds and African rhythms into seamless musical tapestries” D.H. Los Angeles Times
“The many dialects of Italy can give the emotion of truly exotic world tunes. Luisa Cottifogli, with the stage name of Lu, uses Romagnolo dialect to produce sounds which range from Area (progressive rock) to suggestions between afro and celtic. How brilliant she is!” A.A. Il Venerdì di Repubblica