Anna Clementi, swedish-italian, has spent her life between Stockholm, Berlin and Rome. In Rome she studied flute, acting and singing. In 1986 she moved to Berlin where she had the dazzling encounter with Dieter Schnebel, (with whom she has been collaborating in the ensemble “Die Maulwerker” for several years) at the Hochschule der Künste. She put a special focus on the vocal and theatrical repertoire of John Cage and devoted herself mainly to research the possibility of combining song, word, gesture and theater. Her repertoire moves between contemporary music, electro-acoustics, musical theater and club music.
Anna Clementi has participated in many festivals around the world and performed several premieres. The collaboration with composers is something frequent and familiar to her, the common work allows her to let her peculiarities as interpreter emerge. She doesn’t define herself a singer (nor vocalist), but rather an actress of the voice. This felicitous definition gives space for her chameleon-like variety and her interest in combining singing, improvisation, word, gesture and theater, all measured, designed, structured; lymph engine for externalizing the combination of abstraction and emotion which constantly appears in her work. A combination sought for long time through a sinuous formative path: flute first, then acting, contemporary dance, contact improvisation. An adolescence spent between Cage, Hollaender and Buscaglione, Hammond, and Schoenberg, with a keen eye for historical icons such as Pina Bausch and Cathy Berberian. Anna Clementi loves the game, curiosity, humor, lightness (if possible); always searching for new sounds through the many possibilities of the voice.
The outcome of this extraordinary artistic vitality is expressed to an audience that she likes to imagine as a mixture of ' educated heads and uneducated hearts '. Many composers have dedicated their works and created pieces for her. Among the many collaborations: Dieter Schnebel, Laura Bianchini, Maria Cristina De Amicis, Nicola Sani, Agostino di Scipio, Aldo Clementi, Roberta Vacca, Iris ter Schiphorst, Daniel Ott, Laurie Schwartz, Josef Anton Riedl, Aleks Kolkowski, Emanuele Casale, Rupert Huber and Lars Sandberg. Numerous are the works of musical theater: Citing some of the projects: "Pierrot Lunaire" in the staging of Urs Troller; "Eurydike" by Iris ter Schiphorst at Theater Bielefeld, "Anna's Wake" and recently "AUNG" always by Iris Ter Schiphorst in Malmö and Copenhagen, "Ojota IV" by Daniel Oct at Theater Bielefeld, "Tod Majakowskis-Totentanz" by Dieter Schnebel at the the Leipzig Opera, many interpretations of "Song Books" by John Cage and others around the world. In 2000 she staged "Glossolalie 2000" by Dieter Schnebel at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin as a director. With Steffen Schleiermacher she has recorded John Cage. "Voice and Piano; in 2012 Anna Clementi performed “El Jardín de las Delicias”, the fluxus-opera by Wolf Vostell at Museo Vostell Malpartida in Spain and in 2013 “Kassandra” by Michael Jarrell at Radial System in Berlin for the Maerzmusik festival. She has worked with the Viennese duo Tosca and is present on the albums "Suzuki" and "Dehli9". With The Dining Rooms she has recorded "Three". In 2005 she released her first solo album "Love Is A Reason".
"Fräulein Annie" is her last work, a collection of original tracks and cover versions of some of the most beloved songs from Anna Clementi’s personal music box.