Vocal contest / Participants

Camille Barbillon (Caloé), France
Caloé sings jazz, improvises, interprets musics from different cultures and writes music and words. Originally a violin player, she discovered jazz at the age of 18 and felt in love with it. She is very admirative of Ella Fitzgerald and studies "scat" with precision and technique to make it hers and do it her way. Always surrounded by amazingly good musicians, she performs in and outside France and records new videos every month for her YouTube channel.

Elisabeth Bignall, United Kingdom
Often likened to singers such as Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Ellie combines a love of the Great American Songbook with a passion for contemporary jazz. Described as a ‘rising star on the London Jazz scene’, Ellie has sung at various venues in and around the UK, Europe and further afield. Earlier this year, Ellie was awarded third place as the youngest contestant in the internationally acclaimed Unisa International Jazz Voice Competition. She has also recently graduated with a BMus Hons in Jazz Voice from Trinity Conservatoire of Music. Ellie is a principle vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Lori van Gremberghe, Belgium
Lori van Gremberghe is a Belgian vocalist and improviser. From an early age she was intrigued by music while learning piano and solfege at the local Music Academy. She started studying jazz first at Conservatory of Ghent, (BE) continuing at Luca School of Arts Leuven (BE) and finally graduated for jazz vocals at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (AT). Over the years, Lori performed and recorded in Austria, Latvia, Italy, The Netherlands, and her home country Belgium with many groups. In 2016 she was awarded the DownBeat SMA award for Best Vocal Jazz Soloist. As a vocalist, she’s active as a composer, lyricist and pianist. She loves working in diverse musical environments ranging from traditional to contemporary styles, free improvisation and beyond.

Kasia Kaju, Poland
Born in Żory, is a graduate of an Academy of Music in Katowice at the department of Compositon and Interpratation of Education and Jazz. She took 1st place and got a special prize at the Young Talents Niemen Non Stop Festival in Słupsk. She had the pleasure to sing Czesław Niemen’s compositions which were published as an audiobook entitled “When I stop being surprised”. She released her own album entitled “A look from above”. She has performed her music with chamber bands and symphonic orchestras.

Natalia Kordiak, Poland
A singer psychedelically sensitive, most beautiful when she forgets that she needs to be somehow. One wouldn’t say she is ethereal. Although her young age she is not girlish any longer. Currently, a student at the Academy of Music in Katowice. Graduate of Henryk Majewski Jazz Music College in Warsaw (Poland) called „Bednarska”.

Monika Malczak, Poland
She strives to get rid of the destructive addiction to fear of music while constant searching and breaking barriers are her goals and main priorities. She believes music must be a spiritual experience allowing a listener to self-identify with it.

Judyta Pisarczyk, Poland
A student at a jazz department in Nysa. In 2017 she won Ladies' Jazz Festival in Gdynia and a 3rd prize in the International Meeting of Jazz Vocalist in Zamość 2017. With its original compositions, Judyta Pisarczyk Ensemble qualified for the final of Jazz Juniors International Exchange 2017. In May 2018 Judyta performed two concerts accompanying Bobby McFerrin - momentous events in her young professional career.

Alina Zalozna, Ukraine
A singer with Turkish roots inspired by Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. A graduate from music college in her hometown. She likes playing guitar in love with Jobim`s music. Her plan is to record a mini album with Ukrainian folk songs. She is also into arranging for a vocal ensemble. She loves contemporary dancing and art of perfomance with dance improvisation. She`s learning how to communicate in the language of art. She wants to feel the spirit of jazz music.

Sylwia Klara Zasempa, Poland
A graduate of the Department of Jazz and Popular Music in Nysa. A singer, composer and researcher in the field of Polish folk music. The leader of Klara Cloud & The Vultures she funded in 2016. A laureate of numerous competitions all over Poland (Jazz Jantar, Blue Note Poznan, Novum Jazz Festival, etc.) Since she appreciates self-developing in many directions, her musical interests go far beyond the canon of jazz. She is into teaching and sailing. A foody!