ladyybirdd features original music by flutist Gina Izzo framed in the context of flute through washed out reverbs, analog synthesizers, and FX. The flute's acoustic sound transforms to create a new musical vocabulary drawing upon ambient electronics & improvisation through analog guitar pedals.
The debut video, "into what is wanted," a precursor to the upcoming album was recently recorded at the Berklee Power Station and will release on October 20, 2021.
In 2018, Gina launched bespoken alongside co-founder Eunbi Kim, a mentorship program for self-identifying female, non-binary, and trans women artists in classical, contemporary, and jazz music. Through professional one-on-one mentoring and group workshops, the program equips fellows with skill-building tools and support to develop successful ideas, goals, and projects to create rewarding music careers.
bespoken, in partnership with the International Contemporary Ensemble, co-present Pathways: Art & Technology, a free online series of panels and workshops focusing on the intersection of technology and art. The series serves as a platform for empowerment, breaking down the barriers to using technology in an artist's practice, especially for women and gender non-conforming artists.
Gina co-founded RighteousGIRLS, a contemporary duo bringing 21st-century music to new audiences and commissioning works that root themselves in classical idioms but draw from other genres, with pianist Erika Dohi in 2010. 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.
RighteousGIRLS was a finalist in the 2020 SAVVY Chamber Music Competition, has received a 2016 IMPACT award and a 2015 Project Grant from New Music USA, and has been featured on Q2 Music, WQXR, and WNYC. RighteousGIRLS is currently working on their sophomore album in collaboration with composers Daniel Wohl and Ambrose Akinmusire.