Studies and qualifications
Anais Drago began studying violin at the age of three under the guidance of Robert Lee Mosca at the Suzuki Talent Centre school in Turin.
From the very beginning, she took part in many concerts and tours, both in Italy and abroad, with the school orchestra (in Geneva in collaboration with UNICEF, in Thailand at the headquarters of the United Nations to denounce the exploitation of children in the Third World).
Since 2007 she has studied under the guidance of Liana Mosca.
She graduated at the 'A. Steffani' Conservatory of Music in Castelfranco Veneto in June 2013, obtaining the highest mark.
During the school year 2013/14 she dedicated herself to learning the jazz language , attending courses and private lessons (in Alessandria with maestro Fazio and in London with several teachers of the Guildhall High School of Music and Drama).
In July 2014, she participated in the seminars of Umbria Jazz and won a considerable scholarship for the Berklee college of music in Boston.
Currently she is attending the Graduate Degree in jazz arranging and composition at the Conservatory ' A. Vivaldi ' of Alessandria.
She has worked with several orchestras of Piedmont, such as the Via Francigena Canavesana Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Biella conducted by maestro Straudi, the municipal band 'G. Verdi' of Biella, the Master of Talents Orchestra of Turin in the project Diderot - 2013 edition.
She frequently collaborates with maestro Fulvio Bottega in lyrical music works and festivals, with the association 'Amici della Lirica Cesira Ferrani' and with the Camerata Ducale in Vercelli.
In October 2014, she performed at the closing concert of Lucca Jazz Donna, alongside Giovanni Tommaso. In December 2014, she was asked, along with other students of the summer camp of Umbria Jazz, to play at the opening concert of Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto.
She is currently working on her Graduate Degree thesis, which involves the creation and arrangement of original compositions for octet.
She is also taking part in the recording of the new Enrico Fazio’s record.
Future projects include the creation of a jazz quartet.
In 2009, she founded with a group of friends an Irish folk band, the Folhas which was the pretext and the opportunity to enter the pop, rock and folk world.
The repertoire of the first appearances of the group mainly included covers ranging from pop to folk, and from ska to gipsy, but during the years, drawing inspiration from previous influences, the "Folhas" developed their own language. This led to the creation of an EP entitled 'Papri qua' including only original songs. In 2015, the 'Folhas' became a female trio, which is developing the band's repertoire and to today's date continues to produce original material.
Since 2011 onwards, she has been playing together with Pier Michelatti in the band Faber per sempre, the official tribute to Fabrizio de Andrè, performing both in Italy and abroad (Lugano, in September 2015, Bucharest National Theatre, in October 2015). In July 2014 she shared the stage with Michelatti and with the other historical components of the band of De Andrè (E. Bandini, M. Ascolese, G. Cordini) in the closing concert of the festival Risonando De Andrè'in Soriano nel Cimino (VT).
In July 2012, she became part of the well-known country music band Lake 47, with which she played many concerts throughout northern Italy and Switzerland, with an American new-country repertoire as well as originals.
In February 2016, Lake 47 started to record the first completely original album in studio.
In 2014, she created the project Torpedo Blu with the singer and songwriter Giacomo Lamura with whom she re-arranged the songs that have made the history of Italian music, from the 40s to today, in a swing and jazz tone and recorded an EP of original songs entitled 'Contadini in frac’ (‘Farmers in tails’).
Since 2015, she has occasionally played with the Caravan Trio, a gipsy jazz trio/quartet.This collaboration started performing at Moncalieri Jazz Festival in October of the same year.
In October 2014 she undertook the training to become a teacher of the Suzuki method and in November 2015 she obtained the first level qualification.
She teaches at the Sonoria-Civic Musical Institute music school of Cossato and helps Liana Mosca, as an assistant trainee, during Suzuki violin lessons at Cittadellarte (Fondazione Pistoletto) of Biella.