Olivia Chindamo is a New York-based jazz vocalist from Australia whose unique voice effortlessly carries and delivers stories and melodies with the highest level of integrity, honesty and musicianship. With a special love for improvisation, Olivia's musical endeavours offer a fresh combination of old and new as she continually fuses an ever expanding knowledge of jazz history with her modern sensibilities, impressive technique control and textural versatility.
Having studied under the tutelage of some of America’s finest jazz musicians at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music in 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 and fully pursue her love and passion for jazz music.
Since her arrival, Olivia has performed extensively in the United States at various world-renown venues such as The Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Club, The Lincoln Center and Birdland Jazz Club, and has toured internationally to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland in recent years with her own projects and as a guest to others’. A 2023 highlight was performing for artistic director and legendary conductor Alondra De La Parra's 2nd annual Festival PAAX GNP in Cancún, Mexico, where Olivia's extraordinary vocal versatilities were spotlighted throughout the 10-day-long program. Performances included the Northern Hemisphere premiere of Fantaskatto: Fantasy for Voice & Orchestra, collaborations with world-renown choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and dancers from the New York City Ballet, The Impossible Orchestra, latin-jazz icon Paquito D'Rivera and with her own jazz trio.
Olivia is a 2021 Master of Music graduate of The Juilliard School, where she made history as its first ever jazz voice graduate student, and was honoured upon graduation with the Joseph W. Polisi prize for “Artist as Citizen” for her work as a jazz division student representative, Gluck Fellowship leader and Community leader for Juilliard International Students.
Photos by Margherita Andreani www.margheritaandreani.com
“Olivia Chindamo is a new singer on the NYC jazz scene and she’s really going places. She’s got the whole package: great sound, soul, pitch and amazing scatting abilities. So take it from me, go check her out!”
- Randy Brecker (USA/Trumpeter, The Brecker Brothers)
“She’s what every jazz instrumentalist wants to hear - when Olivia scats, it’s like having another great horn player in the band.”
- James Morrison AM (AUS/Multi-instrumentalist, entertainer, educator)
“Beautiful intonation and time feel, she’s got the lot!”
- Don Burrows AO, MBE (AUS/Multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator)