06 Jul 2018

St. Louis musician Tonina bridges the gaps between languages and musical styles

Tonina Saputo speaks several languages — both musically and otherwise. She’s not very far past the beginning of her career, but the diversity of her musical interests can already be heard in projects ranging from alternative R&B to Latin jazz.

The St. Louis-based vocalist, songwriter and bassist, who performs under her first name, has a global vision. “I really want to bridge the gap between American music — I put that in air quotes, because what is American music? — and world music. And what is world music?” she said.

Her vision is reflected on her new album, “Black Angel,” which includes songs sung in Spanish, Sicilian and English.