Mélanie De Biasio
Season 2 · Episode 4
Melanie de Biasio is an Italo-Belgian vocalist who is considered one of the leading voices of a new generation of jazz singers. Her singing style is unique as she mixes jazz, blues and soul to a distinctive new amalgamate. Born in Charleroi, Belgium in 1978, de Biasio studied classical dance and flute before discovering her voice and her love of singing. Heralded by the British BBC DJ Gilles Peterson ever since the day she released her debut album „A Stomach Is Burning“ in 2007, de Biasio has since released three albums and an outstanding 24-minute EP with the title “Blackened City” that was inspired by her travels through post-industrial environments such as Charleroi, Manchester or Detroit. With the latter piece, de Biasio stunningly charted new territory in jazz by adding noir-ish, soul, avant pop and classical elements to the formula. In her STRRR episode she shares with us footage of Orson Welles having breakfast with French film journalists, a mind-blowing interview sequence with Mark Hollis of Talk Talk fame, and a surprising trailer for the new Alien movie with Melanie de Biasio’s music - and more.
Interview + 2nd camera: Max Dax, DOP + editing: Lucia Lux, animations: TOPE, introduction: Craig Holiday Haynes