Anna Bignami

Award Winning Composer, Arranger, Conductor

Winner of the Sophie Desmarais International Composition Competition for Large Jazz Ensemble (open category)

Anna Bignami will be awarded a prize of 2500 $ CA for her piece “The Blue Fairy” which will be performed in a world-premier by the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal  in the coming 2023 concert season. 

« Cette pièce a séduit les juges par la qualité de sa composition, son originalité, par ses jeux de timbre et textures pouvant être influencé par Gil Evans ou Maria Schneider, le tout créant une ambiance sonore à mi-chemin entre la musique de film noir et le jazz contemporain »

« This piece seduced the judges for the quality of its composition, its originality, for its play of timbres and textures that could be influenced by Gil Evans or Maria Schneider, all creating a sound atmosphere halfway between the music of film noir and contemporary jazz.»

Jean-Nicolas Trottier


The EP "Epitaphs from the Hill" by Bignami Veltri Jazz Ensemble is out!

“Epitaphs from the Hill” is a cross-disciplinary encounter between music and the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters. The collection of poems titled “Spoon River Anthology”(1914) tells the stories of the inhabitants of an imaginary town, Spoon River. These stories are told by the inhabitants themselves in the form of epitaphs, where they finally reveal the darkest parts of their lives. Their tales of corruption, bitterness, violence, unreciprocated love, and longing for lost youth, destroy the idyllic image of the American village of the time leaving space to a more crude, realistic depiction. Once dead, the characters tell the hard truth, free from the fake smiles of  socially accepted behaviour. This is arguably a highly relevant issue of today’s society: often, we find ourselves swallowing our negative emotions, for the sake of pleasing our peers, being accepted or because we convince ourselves that, by not addressing our issues, eventually we will make them disappear. Positivity is misused as a tool to hide inner problems, thus merely burying the issues rather than confronting them. 

“Epitaphs from the Hill” invites the listeners to quit avoiding their hidden skeletons and to finally work through them, before it’s too late.


past concerts: 30/04 at Kammersalen, Musikhuset Aarhus ; 1/05 at Metronomen, Frederiksberg 

supported by Frederiksberg Kommune, Dansk Artist Forbund, Dansk Musiker Forbund, and Aarhus Kommune and Koda Kultur


New concerts in Denmark: 26/04/2024, Lille Sal, Aarhus Musikhuset, and 27/04/2024 Centret for dansk jazzhistorie Aalborg 

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“Epitaphs from the Hill” by the Bignami Veltri Jazz Ensemble is a captivating exploration of the human condition through the lens of music and poetry. The EP masterfully translates the poignant narratives of Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” into a jazz soundscape that is at once introspective, emotive, and thought-provoking. With its intricate arrangements, stellar ensemble performance, and rich emotional depth, this EP stands as a testament to the power of artistic collaboration and the enduring resonance of great poetry in the realm of music.

Michael Westmore:

Read the interview on Musica Jazz with Alceste Ayroldi

Epitaphs from the Hill: Concert Highlights

“ As a good orator can mold words and figures of speech to provoke a strong emotional reaction in the audience, a composer can craft every single aspect of music to represent feelings, concepts and stories.”

New projects for BVJE and other concerts coming up! check out the dates!

Here you can find all concert dates and all upcoming events where you can listen to my original works written for my upcoming sextet, BVJE, Toneart Komponistforeningen and more! 


3-Objekter: et Spil om Selvbillede featuring Laura Wildt.

With monologues written by Regina Rex and stage direction by Anna Katrin Einarsdottir.


"Evliya", single in the critically acclaimed album "Tutku" by Kalaha and Aarhus Jazz Orchestra


Whether you’d like to collaborate, commission me a piece or just start a conversation you can contact me any time.