Australian vocalist, Olivia Chindamo is a New York based musician who is best known for her natural and effortless ability to improvise or “scat”. As the 2016 Bell Award winner for “Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year”, Olivia firmly cemented her place in Australia’s flourishing jazz scene and is now being recognised internationally. Having studied under the tutelage of some of America’s finest jazz musicians at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music 2016, Olivia felt more drawn to the United States than ever before, inspiring her bold move to relocate to the other side of the world.
Her win of the Generations In Jazz Vocal Scholarship at James Morrison’s GIJ Festival back in 2014 marked the beginning of her success and brought her voice into the spotlight, quickly making her one of Australia’s most sought after jazz vocalists. Olivia has since recorded and released her debut album “Keep an Eye on Spring” (2015) and has performed countless sold out shows around the country with her various bands and projects.
Often affectionately labelled as a “musician’s singer”, at 25 she has already earned the respect of many of her peers and has performed on stages of all sizes, including Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, The Basement (Sydney), Melbourne’s iconic Hamer Hall and several large scale festivals and concerts, including Sydney’s Twilight at Taronga Zoo Summer Series 2015 and 2016 and Darwin’s Jazz On The Green Festival ‘14. Olivia has studied locally and overseas, including summer short courses in both Italy (2011) and New York (2012) where she met and received high commendations from jazz greats such as the late John Taylor (UK) and Sheila Jordan (USA).
As well as fronting her own bands, Olivia often appears as a guest vocalist with James Morrison’s Big Band and performs and collaborates with many other Australian bands and projects.
Olivia’s understanding of harmony is second nature and makes each of her performances uniquely rich and spontaneous.
She's what every jazz instrumentalist wants to hear - when Olivia scats, it's like having another great horn player in the band.
Occasionally a special and unique singer appears out of the blue, Olivia Chindamo is such a singer. She is capable of producing a sensitive ballad to a roaring up-tempo. She is what is known as a "musician's singer" - one who speaks the same language as a horn player. Keep your eyes and ears on Olivia so you don't miss the great things that will happen for her.