"....flutist Gina Izzo rattles speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects"
-NYC Jazz Record
NY-based flutist Gina Izzo “Rattles speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects" (NYC Jazz Record), with a background ranging from classical to electronic, free improvisation, and new music. Gina has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors with Revive Music, Miguel Atwood Ferguson and Pharoahe Monch, at Duke Performances with Steve Coleman and Natal Eclipse, at The Jazz Standard as part of Ambrose Akinmusire's The Imagined Savior is Far Easier To Paint, at John Zorn's The Stone alongside Todd Reynolds and Jeffrey Zeigler, and at venues and festivals including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, the Jazz Standard, the D.C. Jazz Festival, the Bang on a Can Festival, among others.
In 2018, Gina launched bespoken alongside co-founder Eunbi Kim, a music mentorship program providing skills building, workshops, and strategies to help elevate the visibility of women in the classical, contemporary, and jazz industries. The program provides female musicians with the necessary tools and leadership skills to create rewarding careers, develop their creative and artistic visions, while helping them navigate challenges they may face in the industry.
Gina is the co-founder of RighteousGIRLS with pianist Erika Dohi. RighteousGIRLS debut album gathering blue (New Focus Recordings) featuring works by composers such as Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Vijay Iyer has been met with critical acclaim from both jazz and contemporary-classical critics alike; Jackson Cooper, from I Care If You Listen, called it “…one of the most adventurous new music debut albums in recent years.” gathering blue received a 4.5 stars rating by John Ephland in DownBeat magazine. The duo has received a 2016 IMPACT award, and 2015 New Music USA Project Grant, and has been featured on Q2 Music, WQXR, and WNYC and at SubCulture alongside Steve Coleman & the Five Elements and Rudresh Mahanthappa and the PRISM Quartet.
Gina has worked with National arts organizations in music programming, professional development, management, and marketing including Welltone New Music at Symphony Space, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Interlochen Arts Academy, and Chamber Music America. She currently serves as Manager of Concerts at the College of Performing Arts at the New School. Previously, she served as Manager of Public Programs and National Conference at Chamber Music America, programming some of today's leading classical, contemporary, and jazz artists in venues and festivals including Harlem Stage, Flushing Town Hall, the DiMenna Center, National Sawdust, and the Bryant Park Cooperation. Gina's work in professional development and entrepreneurship extends through programming and leading workshops and panels as a guest speaker at institution such as New York University, the Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, among others.
As an active orchestral musician, Gina has played under conductors like Kurt Masur, Eric Jacobsen, JoAnn Falletta, and George Manahan and has worked with musicians including Linda Chesis, Judith Mendenhall, Robert Langevin, Carol Wincenc, and Paula Robison, David Krakauer, and Charles Neidich. As an advocate for arts education, she has been on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Summer program and an adjunct teaching artist at New York University.
Gina received her B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and M.M from New York University.