Already established as one of Canada's most celebrated homegrown artists, Daniela Nardi’s launch of her new jazz-world music project Espresso Manifesto marks a musical, as well as personal, milestone for the award winning multi-talented singer/songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist/producer.
Quickly becoming a must-see musical experience Espresso Manifesto has played to sold-out houses in Toronto, Montreal and New York. Upcoming dates include an appearance at Toronto’s international star venue Koerner Hall (with guitar legend John Pizzarelli), two nights at the great Montreal Jazz Festival, and a 2014 tour of Russia.
Critics and reviewers globally sing its praises that Espresso Manifesto is becoming a top pick with Jazz and World music lovers. The project has been featured on Public Radio International’s The World, received a “love it” from Tom Schnabel’s KCRW Café L.A. show, charted #1 and #2 on Jazz and World Music charts throughout Canada and the US, and received rave reviews from JazzTimes and JazzWeekly.
Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto is more than a creative exploration. It’s truly a mission. Nardi created Espresso Manifesto in order to “discover, showcase and reinterpret the scintillating spirit of Italian music and culture.”
“Italian music, art and culture are well known and loved all over the world,” Nardi explains. “Most global citizens can hum ‘O Sole Mio, recall a Fellini film or describe the Mona Lisa, but there is so much more going on in Italian culture. I want to shine a light on the new and different traditions, and I want to help create some more,” she adds.
DN's Espresso Manifesto and The Songs of Paolo Conte:
Espresso Manifesto’s critically acclaimed and commercial success The Music of Paolo Conte (Acronym/Universal Music) is a heartfelt tribute to the renowned Italian singer-songwriter. Known for his gravelly, whisky-and-smoke tinged voice, Conte is often compared to Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen. Nardi is the first woman to reinterpret Conte’s music, turning his originals on their head and making them her own. The combination of Conte's remarkable songwriting and Nardi's sensitive interpretations gives the album a universal appeal that transcends cultural and language barriers.
A key to the record’s appeal is the presence of some of Italy's most prestigious musicians, drawn from Italy's vibrant jazz community, including Fabrizio Bosso, Fausto Mesolella and Gabriele Mirabassi. The album was recorded at Elettra Studios in Italy's lush, celebrated Umbria region. Nardi produced the record, with her husband, renowned jazz pianist Ron Davis as co-producer, and additional artistic direction by legendary producer/engineer Pasquale Minieri
(Vinicio Capossela, Gianmaria Testa, Elisa).
About Daniela Nardi
Artistic curiosity and musical versatility are nothing new for Nardi, she’s been making music all her life. At age five, she began studying piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music. British pop music of the 80’s led Nardi to take up the bass guitar and embrace songwriting. She went on to earn a degree in Music at Toronto’s York University. Meanwhile she honed her live performance skills playing everything from pop to punk, from Latin to country.
In the years since, Nardi’s career has encompassed a remarkable range of activities; recording artist, DJ, film composer, radio show host, actor and marketing/communications consultant. Her pop-jazz solo album One True Thing (2005/Minerva Road) gained considerable airplay, charted, and earned her a Best Group nomination at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.
The 2008 release The Rose Tattoo (Minerva Road), inspired by her mother Rose’s four year battle with cancer, marked a watershed for Nardi. This ambitious album received wide international acclaim, and led to Nardi winning the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year,’ and the ‘Readers Pick Award’ for Best Female Vocalist in the prestigious Now Magazine Best of Toronto campaign. This all helped to set the stage for a quantum leap to Espresso Manifesto.
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