Born in Portugal to an English mother and Canadian father, Ziggi Jadovsky grew up with a sense of ‘Saudade’ and her singing contains a deep feeling of nostalgia often expressed in the form of a signature powerful wail. UK music magazine, hitthefloor.com, noted the effect: ‘Ziggi’s…haunting vocals…float by before proceeding to kick down the back door’. At the same time, her warm contralto vocals can be delicate and fragile, expressing the duality of the human condition with vulnerability and authenticity.
Ziggi’s songs are often about grief (her father died tragically when she was a teenager) and fighting negative self-talk, sometimes physically as with Glass Ceiling’s call to ‘smash my fists’ and ‘get outta my head’ (Morning Dread) Ziggi began her career performing with band Poeticat (now Coltana), taking their brand of spoken-word music to venues all over the UK including the country’s largest music festival, Glastonbury (2010, 2011), during which time they also won Arts Council funding to write and tour.
She left Poeticat in 2015 to write her debut solo-EP, Fox & Moon. Forever seeking self-transformation through experience and change, Ziggi dropped her life in London, UK, to move to her father’s homeland Montreal, Canada, later that year.
There she met and is supported by The Firing Squad, a Jazz-Funk trio made up of Alex Lepanto, Gideon Yellin and Lloyd White. Together they produce songs of the Jazz-Rockilk and have been compared to artists like Jefferson Airplane, Tim Buckley and more recently, Hiatus Kaiyote. Other inspiration includes Jazz singers Billie Holiday and Helen Merrill, along with Ziggi’s love for World music (foremost, Peruvian Chicha and Malian Blues) and Reggae.
In 2017, Ziggi won a grant from Quebec youth mentorship programmed, Jeunes Volontaires to write and record new songs for her second EP, Shadow Roots, out this Fall. The music video for her song, Morning Dread, was released earlier this year.