Fresh from her amazing performance in Moscow, Daniela Nardi continues to captivate audiences with her latest project, Espresso Manifesto – The Songs of Paolo Conte (Acronym/EMI Music).
Receiving rave reviews and charting on radio across North America, The Montreal Journal calls this a “true tour de force, (4.5 out of 5 stars!). As part of her North American Tour, Nardi and her stellar band are set to heat up cities across North America.
“Espresso. The ultimate symbol of all things Italian. Dark. Rich. Earthy. Complex yet effortless. Elegant yet primal. Hot. When made in the right way, the only way, it is like nothing you have ever known. This is Italy to me. If one person embodies all these elements, it’s Paolo Conte. His music, his lyrics, the experience; as Italian as Espresso. This is my manifesto, my Espresso Manifesto: to create works that proudly display the wonders of those earthy, complex, elegant, primal people, my people – the Italian people.” ~ Daniela Nardi
Daniela Nardi’s latest self-produced album Espresso Manifesto – The Songs of Paolo Conteand launch of her new world music project, Espresso Manifesto, marks a musical and personal milestone for the award-winning singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Under the project title Espresso Manifesto, the Toronto-born daughter of Italian immigrants explores some adventurous and new creative territory on this album that has required her to step out of her musical comfort zone and into the wondrous exploration of the Italian Songbook. This passionately crafted album, a tribute to the legendary Italian composer/performer Paolo Conte, is receiving rave reviews all the way from Italy for Nardi’s enchanting voice and smoldering interpretations of Conte’s works. Her expressive vocals matched with spare, earthy, jazzy arrangements, are an evocative combination of old-world romanticism and modernist cool.
Charting on radio across North America with features on the prestigious KCRW’s “Cafe L.A.” with Tom Schnabel, PRI’s The World (syndicated to BBC, NPR and CBC) and Montreal’s Planète Jazz 99.1 FM, Nardi is well on her way to fulfilling her “manifesto” to bring the heart of Italy to North America.
Recorded at Elettra Studios in Italy’s Umbria region, the CD boasts some of that country’s most respected musicians and features her husband, renowned jazz pianist/composer Ron Davis who also co-produced. Included on the 12-track album are such stirring vintage numbers as the plaintive, haunting, tango-inspired “Gioco D’Azzardo,” the beautifully bittersweet “Nina,” the punchy, playful “Via Con Me” and the breezy, swinging “Gelato al Limon.” They offer powerful testimony to Conte’s enduring genius and Nardi’s singular interpretive skills resulting in timeless eloquence that transcends the songs’ Italian lyrics.
Daniela Nardi – vocals
Ron Davis – piano
Kevin Barrett – guitars
Larry Crowe – drums
Mike Downes – bass
Louis Simao – accordion
Sasha Boychuk – clarinet
Bryden Baird – trumpet
Honorable Mention – Billboard Magazine World Song Contest
Reader’s Pick for Best Female Vocalist – 2009 “Best of Toronto” Now Magazine
Female Vocalist of the Year – 2009 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards
Best Group Nominee – 2006 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards
“Nardi truly manages to give a second life to these pieces, which are so well-known here.” ~ Le Devoir – Montreal, QC
“Let the album wash over you like a seductive Mediterranean wave”
~The Whole Note – Toronto ON
“Brilliant, warm homage from Ontario for Paolo Conte” ~ America Oggi – New York, NY
“This is a great effort in understanding the spirit of Paolo Conte and at the same time creating a very personal interpretation” ~ AnimaJazz.It – Pisa, Italy
“Daniela is a successful icon for the new generation of Italian-Canadians”
~ PanoramItalia Magazine
“Love It!” ~ KCRW/CAFE LA
“I love this!! The clarinet player is a monster!” ~ KBEM/CornerJazz
This is really cool!” ~ KUWS/91 Jazz Street”
“Groovissima!” ~ KUNM/World
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