born in 1954 in Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Barbara Casini, (born 1954 in Florence) is an Italian vocalist and guitar player. Studying piano from her youth, she was exposed to Bossa Nova at the age of 15, which had a marked influence on her musical life. After graduating in psychology from the University of Padova, she moved on to become an important voice for Brazilian music and jazz in particular in Italy and beyond after first performing in 1979. She has since recorded and performed with Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Leo Walls, Francisco Petreni, Stefano Bollani, Enrico Rava, amongst others and with her own group, Outro Lado.