Following her heart, Amelie moved all the way from Austria (Europe) to San Francisco. It is here that she rediscovered her first love – music. “For me, the purpose of making music with and for others is to connect with the people around me. My goal as a musician is to reaffirm our shared humanity and bring it all back to the communal aspect of music.”, says Amelie. With her exciting stage presence as multi instrumentalist, singing and playing at the same time, Amelie Anna creates inviting and energetic experiences.
Combining her deep passion and expertise in education with her work as a professional musician, Amelie empowers and supports developing female and femme-identifying artists as Assistant Director of the Roots, Jazz and American Music Program (RJAM) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). Amelie earned her Master’s Degree in English, Psychology, Philosophy and Pedagogy from the University of Vienna.
Amelie’s mentors Carlos Caro (Afro-Cuban Percussion), Jake Nissly (Jazz Drums) and Carmen Bradford (Jazz Vocals) prepared her to synthesize several different styles into one compelling and engaging musical experience. As the first woman, Amelie graduated from the inaugural class of the RJAM program and studied with SFJAZZ Collective artists David Sanchez, Edward Simon and jazz greats like Julian Lage, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, or the late Randy Weston. Her studies have brought her to the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN) in New Orleans. Amelie has been awarded the Marineau Family Foundation Scholarship, the Vincent Constantine Scholarship and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Featured as one of the first female emerging artists in Mario Guarneri’sJazz In The Neighborhood program, Amelie Anna has shared the stage with renowned artists including: David Flores, Eric Jekabson, John Wiitala, Frank Martin, George Brooks, Anne Sajdera and Akira Tana.
With her Quintet, Amelie has performed at major venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (SFJAZZ, The Black Cat, The Chapel, Mr. Tipples’ Recording Studio, to name only a few). She also brings film and video game scores to life with her unique voice and hand drumming skills (e.g.: Sony Playstation “Concrete Genie”). Martin Luther McCoy, San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and Mia Pixely are some of the artists Amelie has recently enjoyed collaborating with.