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British saxophonist Sigi Beare has played since she was 12. She studied jazz in London under the tuition of Jean Toussaint, Martin Speake and Pete Wareham, graduating in 2008 and playing in (among many others) the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Afro-Latin groups and soul-funk outfit Baby Charles. She played live for BBC radio and toured many European festivals between 2007 and 2010 including Novara Jazz, Glastonbury Festival (UK), Bergenfest (Norway), Nancy Jazz Pulsation (France).
She came to Italy (in a campervan) in 2012, having won a scholarship to attend the Siena Jazz summer school. After the summer school she remained in Italy, continuing to perform in jazz, Afrobeat and folk groups. Her debut album as a leader, Bearetown, was released in 2014. In the same year she won a place on the InJam Interplay Jazz Master at Siena Jazz, and also won the Premio Ciampi songwriting competition as part of the all-female acoustic folk group Sonambula.
She attended the postgraduate program at Siena Jazz between 2019 and 2021 and has played at various festivals including L’ L’Aquila – Il jazz italiano per le terre del sisma, Pisa Jazz, Casa del jazz Roma and at European festivals in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia and Albania with various line ups.