Percussionist, Vocalist, Composer
Following her heart, Amelie moved all the way from Austria (Europe) to San Francisco. It is here that she rediscovered her first love – music.
Currently, Amelie is the percussionist and vocalist with the Blind Bandits and brings film and video game scores to life with her unique voice and hand drumming skills. She is also a member of the official Golden State Warriors’ Band “The Bay Blue Notes”, performing at the San Francisco Chase Center.
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As the first woman in the inaugural class of the Roots, Jazz and American Music Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Amelie is a trailblazer for young female jazz musicians on the West Coast. She works closely and performs with SFJAZZ Collective artists David Sanchez, Obed Calvaire, Edward Simon and jazz greats like Julian Lage, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, or the late Randy Weston. Her mentors are Carlos Caro (Afro-Cuban Percussion), Matt Wilson, Warren Wolf and Jake Nissly (Jazz Drums) and Carmen Bradford (Jazz Vocals). The distinguished program has brought her to SFJAZZ, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN) in New Orleans. Amelie has been awarded the Marineau Family Foundation Scholarship and the Vincent Constantine Scholarship.
Featured as one of the first female emerging artists in Mario Guarneri’s Jazz 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.
In Europe, Big John Whitfield and the Vienna Soul Society, Alex Borek, Mashiko, Süperlove and Shady Pulp are some of the acts that Amelie toured and performed with until moving to the US. She has also collaborated with singer/songwriter Mel Verez on her hit single “I Can Handle This.”
Amelie’s education in Afro-Cuban Percussion began with Herwig Stieger and Gerhard Reiter. Andrea Gelsinger and Christine Hinterkörner were her first vocal teachers at the BORG Linz.
When the Bay Area skies turned dark orange and gloomy, I turned to music for solace and comfort. This hopeful and comforting gift is what I want to pass on to the listeners.