Gina Izzo plays “in what is wanted” of “ladyybirdd”

“Stay until you lose the urge to go.” This was the only musical instruction that flautist Gina Izzo gave to her collaborators in the studio during the recording of the eponymous debut album of her solo project, ladybug. With original music by Gina, ladybug transforms the sound of the acoustic flute through washed-out reverbs, analog synthesizers and effects.

The album marks Gina’s first time composing and producing her own music, and she brings in Joseph Branciforte at Greyfade Studios as well as some of her favorite artists. Throughout the album, Andy Akiho (steel pan), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Erika Dohi (keyboards), Nick Dunston (bass), Carol Féliz (lyrics), Ian David Rosenbaum (percussion) and Immanuel Wilkins (saxophone) all respond to Gina with l ‘improvisation.

Gina Izzo – Photo by Shervin Lainez

The video for the first single, “into what is want”, was developed in collaboration with videographer Simon Yu and lighting designer Matthew Soares. Here’s what Gina had to say about the video creation process:

Every choice you make changes your direction and always remains a part of who you are. My composition “in what is wanted” is a personal exploration ruminating on my own choices through landscapes of acoustic sounds and analog effects with the flute at its center. From escalating sequences that echo to a long reverb reminiscent of what came before, I assert agency through extensive techniques and layered polyrhythms in an attempt to radically reshape my direction. Yet I finally find myself where I started.

Working with lighting designer Matthew Soares, videographer Simon Yu’s lighting design created evocative images through an LED wall and moving lights that reacted to the music – in real time. The technology responds to my sound through visual improvisations with subtle fluctuations and intensities, resulting in high-energy projections that fade with me when I take my sound apart.

ladybug is slated for release in 2022. “In What’s Wanted” drops on October 26, 2021, and you can pre-order the single here.

About Gina Izzo

New York flautist Gina Izzo “thrills speakers and expectations with razzle stop-time, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects” (NYC Jazz Record). Izzo was featured at Duke Performances with Natal Eclipse by Steve Coleman, Lincoln Center Out of Doors with Revive Music and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and The Jazz Standard as part of “The Imagined Savior” by Ambrose Akinmusire. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, Public Theater, Jazz Standard, The Stone, National Sawdust, Bang on a Can Festival and with artists Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Doe Paoro and on John Olivier’s “SLAPP Suits” on HBO.

Izzo co-founded bespoken with Eunbi Kim, a mentoring organization for women in music serving over 50 artists through their scholarship program since 2018. In 2010, she co-founded RighteousGIRLS with pianist Erika Dohi, whose album Gather blue received 4.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine and has been hailed as “one of the most adventurous early new music albums of recent years”.

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