VIOLETTA ZIRONI is a delicate and lovely cantate from Correggio, in northern Italy’s Po Valley; she’s been releasing digital singles and EPs for nine years or so. More recently she’s been working with guitarist Ed Prosek to produce airy and sunshine-filled lovers’ cafe jazz; music to fall head over heels to on the Adriatic coast.
Violetta began in music at the tender age of 6, when she first sat at a piano; by her teens she had joined a local country-blues band, country in particular being her first passion. She spent months touring around Italy before she started writing her own songs aged 16, eventually heading for London.
Ed, for his part, received a classical musical education in California before being seduced by the romance of the travelling songwriter on the road, and now divides his time between Brighton and Berlin.
They’ve released a folksy duet, “Come What May”: a song of sentiment for a sweeter time and for the love of love. Guitars, strings and things frame Violetta’s swoonsome voice, with Ed on counterpoint just behind.
“‘Come What May’ is a sweet, simple, honest confession of the hopefulness of true love,” explains Violetta. “This was a feeling both Ed and I could relate to in our own personal lives, and so we thought what better way to express it than as a duet.”
Ed adds: “Violetta and I always write these dramatic, sad songs and ‘Come What May’ went completely the other way: soft, sincere and cute. A bit of a change, but in my opinion a completely welcome one.
“I got my friend Sabastian Laverde in Valencia to record the strings and the song ended up with such a warm and cosy feel to it, perfect for the beginning of winter, before we all get sick and tired of it.”
The pair promise that there’s much more to come throughout 2022.