Alicia Olaniran is an 18-year-old emerging Jazz and Blues singer, who is beginning to take the Cork music scene by storm. Currently attending Ashton secondary school, Blackrock Alicia has been taking classical singing lessons since she was 11, however, she enjoys singing all styles, especially jazz and is gifted with an amazing vocal range F2 -B6 – for those interested. Alicia says ‘My voice is soulful with a slight vibrato and I personally tend to add riffs. I also play the piano and write music. I enjoy singing retro music the most, from jazz, ballads to disco. as well as musical pieces. I have performed at low-key events and have won three singing competitions – my last win on March 3rd. I love performing and rarely suffer from stage fright. I have an intense passion for music and hope to pursue a solid music career’. Alicia will be performing an intimate jazz club gig at O’Grady’s bar in Killorglin, on Saturday, June 4th at 6.30 pm. She is thrilled to be joined by virtuosic pianist Santa Ignace for this gig. Santa is no stranger to K-FEST classical audiences, having performed many times in the past, as a solo artist and an accompanist, to rave reviews. With a bit of encouragement, she may even perform her newest composition during the gig. At the moment Santa, a lecturer in piano performance at MU, Cork, is heavily involved in composition, filmmaking and DJ experimentation. She currently has four film scripts almost complete and hopes to launch her unique DJ set in the coming months. Alicia and Santa started working together last year by exploring new ways of interpreting the repertoire of the classic jazz standards. They were able to connect through music instantly and compliment each other’s styles. Throughout the music, there is an improvisatory element that is always leading the direction and brings them to a wonderful surprise at the end. This gig will be one of the highlights of this year’s exciting K-FEST program.