September 17, 2015

."a veritable tour de force..." ~ Montreal Journal
"Giving voice to the Italian corner of the Canadian soul..." ~ Peter Goddard/Toronto Star
"¦warm, sensual, very suave... "magnifique" ~ CBC/Radio-Canada

TORONTO Daniela Nardis Espresso Manifesto once again hits it out of the park with her latest album CANTO. Scheduled for release October 16th on eOne Music, CANTO blends old world charm and modern, sophisticated groove on this stunningly beautiful homage to the Italian cantautore tradition. Daniela will perform the music from CANTO in concert at Lula Lounge, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28TH at 8:00 pm, alongside pianist Ron Davis, guitarist Kevin Barrett, bassist Mike Downes and Roger Travassos on drums and percussion.

CANTO follows on the heels of Daniela Nardis highly acclaimed album, The Songs of Paolo Conte, of which critics and reviewers globally sang praises, and made Nardis Espresso Manifesto a top pick with jazz and world music lovers. It topped charts throughout Canada and the U.S., and received rave reviews from JazzTimes and Jazz Weekly, among others. The release and success of The Songs of Paolo Conte labour-of-love celebration of the legendary Italian singer-songwriter set Nardi on a journey of music and personal discovery which continues on CANTO.

CANTO sees Nardi applying her sublime interpretive skills to 10 timeless songs by some of Italys greatest jazz and pop composers. Nardi also contributes an original piece to this eclectic and intoxicating collection. With an international spin, fluid, expressive vocals and effortless, organic instrumental arrangements that incorporate elements of blues, soul and bossa nova, CANTO is a refreshing foray into the great voices of a time past and also, those of the present.

The album is replete with lush arrangements as on the tune A Story Gone Wrong, an English translation of the controversial death of film director Pier Paolo Pasolini by legend Fabrizio DeAndre "Una Storia Sbagliata", where the intro utilizes the multi-talented pianist and producer of the album, Antonio Fresas classical arranging skills. The song quickly turns into a beautiful waltz, worthy of a love-gone-wrong ballad, as the strings follow in the 50s-60s country tradition of songs by the likes of Patsy Cline or Loretta Lynn. Tinkling piano adds to the country flavour. The string intro on Beautiful That Way, the theme song from Roberto Benigni's "La Vita e' Bella" are reminiscent of music heard in films of the great Italian cinema, combined with a vibrant vocal that sounds like Barbara Streisand, if she were in an Italian musical.

Nardi breathes new life into these Italian songs of old, and her vocals are more powerful than ever on tunes like Giovanni Telegrafista (Enzo Jannacci) a heart breaking Coen brothers-like lament of Giovanni, a telegrapher, and his solitary pursuit for his love, Alba. The extraordinary and effortless trumpet performance by Italian superstar Fabrizio Bosso on this tune, and throughout the album, is stellar. Likewise, Kevin Barretts overall guitar solos and oddly effective twangy guitar enhancement by contemporary songwriter Tony Bungaro, Oublions Nous, (Dimentichiamoci) an Italian song chosen for Nardi and sung in French here is phenomenal.

Bossa nova rhythm interpreted by clavé, on Guidizi Universali, (Samuele Bersani) underscores lazy, soaring horns and a percolating vocal from Nardi that feels like a lazy morning coffee, just before getting ready for a busy day. It also showcases the best use of triangle ever.

The original song Amami Ancora, which Nardi co-penned with Mike Downes, Ilaria Patassini, Antonio Fresa, and Gianna Patriarca, is an amourous lament that began with the beautiful words of the reknown Italian-Canadian poet Patriarca. Then as a team, both in Toronto and in Naples, they co-created this piece, which speaks of an unforgettable love.

CANTO was produced by Antonio Fresa and recorded in Toronto and Naples with an impressive cast of some of Canadas and Italys most prominent jazz artists. While the album ends on a perfectly appropriate note with the hauntingly heart-wrenching timeless classic Canzone Per Te by Sergio Endrigo, meaning A Song for You,it encompasses elements of the many facets of love in a way that only the Italian voice can express.

Daniela Nardis Espresso Manifesto is a musical and cultural experience that is attracting national and international audiences alike. Recent live dates had the group playing to sold-out houses, including a two-night stint at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, a highly anticipated appearance at Torontos international star venue Koerner Hall, (sharing the night with guitar legend John Pizzarelli), and a 2014 tour of Russia. Ontario tour dates in Kitchener, London, Hamilton, Ottawa and Kingston will soon be announced.

Musicians on the Album:
Daniela Nardi - voice, piano (track 7)
Ron Davis - piano (tracks 5, 11), organ (tracks 4, 6)
Mike Downes - bass
Roger Travassos - drums, percussion
Kevin Barrett - guitars
Gabriele Mirabassi - clarinet
Fabrizio Bosso - trumpet, flugelhorn
Roberto Natullo - flute
Antonio Fresa - wurlitzer, rhodes, organ (tracks 3, 4), piano (tracks 1, 4, 6)
Pino Tafuto - piano (track 3)
Robertinho Bastos - percussion
Marco Pacassoni - vibes/ marimba

Daniela will perform the music from CANTO in concert at Lula Lounge, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH at 8:00 pm, alongside pianist Ron Davis, guitarist Kevin Barrett, bassist Mike Downes and Roger Travassos on drums and percussion.