Ilona Tipp, Voice and Songwriting
Ilona Tipp creates music with a nearly endless palette of vocal colors through emotionally stirring performances. Trained in classical bel canto singing and later in jazz, blues, folk, country, and other contemporary styles “outside the box,” her seamless multigenre technique is employed not for its own sake, but in service of the feelings she seeks to evoke in the music of the moment. Her original songs are infused with elements of R&B and jazz as well as classical counterpoint, and she brings this eclectic sensibility into interpretations of standards and covers. Heavily influenced by artists from Aretha Franklin to k. d. lang, Joni Mitchell to Cecile McLorin Salvant, Ray Charles to Jamie Cullum, Ilona’s artistry continues to evolve through performance explorations that include singing with art rock blues bands to synagogue choirs to swing-style Klezmer.
Musical roots run deep in Tipp’s family—her grandmother was a piano teacher, and so Tipp learned to play the piano and read music at a very young age. Though primarily a singer now, she’s thankful for her years of piano study and frequently accompanies herself and her students on the keys. Tipp received both her
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New England Conservatory, where she studied with singer and composer Dominique Eade; pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Ran Blake; and multi-instrumentalist, composer, and Klezmer Conservatory Band founder Hankus Netsky. Ilona is Associate Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and at CMC she teaches private lessons in voice, songwriting, and ear training.