Toronto - Rome
“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.”
Although Daniela Nardi is already established as one of Canada's most celebrated homegrown artists, the self- produced Espresso Manifesto - The Songs of Paolo Conte and launch of her new world music project, marks a musical as well as personal, milestone for the award winning multi-talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist.
The heartfelt set is a tribute to the legendary Italian composer/performer Paolo Conte, with Nardi exploring a dozen of Conte's classic songs. The singer's distinctive readings capture Conte's passionate essence, while unearthing new layers of emotional content and putting her own unmistakable mark on the material. Nardi matches her sublimely expressive vocals with spare, earthy jazzy instrumental arrangements, offering an evocative meeting of old-world romanticism and modernist cool.
Nardi's deeply felt reworkings of 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" offer powerful testimony to Conte's enduring genius and Nardi's singular interpretive skills. The resulting merge of composer and performer, and of cultures and sensibilities, makes for a memorable musical experience whose timeless eloquence transcends the songs' Italian lyrics.
Espresso Manifesto finds Nardi, the Toronto-born daughter of Italian immigrants, stepping outside of her prior musical comfort zone to explore some adventurous new creative territory. She and her husband, renowned jazz pianist/composer Ron Davis, traveled to Italy to record the album with a studio band comprised of some of that country's most respected jazz and prestigious musicians.
The album was recorded at Elettra Studios in Italy's Umbria region, was produced by Nardi, with co production from husband/pianist Davis and legendary producer/engineer Pasquale Minieri (Elisa, Vinicio Capossela, Gianmaria Testa, Francesco DeGregori).
Daniela Nardi - Piano, Kazoo, voice
Ron Davis - Piano.
Fabrizio Bosso - Trumpet
Gabriele Mirabassi - Clarinet
Michele Rabbia - Percussion
Luciano Biondini - Accordion
Fausto Mesolella - guitars
Dario Roscglione - Bass
Marcello DiLeonardo - Drums
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
"...Daniela Nardi's Espresso Manifesto turns out to be a brilliant homage to legendary singer/songwriter Paolo Conte...." Stanley Pean, Quand le Jazz Est La'/EspaceMusique
"...let the album wash over you like a seductive Mediterranean wave...Nardi rises to the challenge of covering work by a singer with such a strong male presence...." The WholeNote
“Powerful yet intimate, outstanding, an arresting voice"
"...Daniela is a successful icon for the new generation of Italian-Canadians"
"This musically evocative and deeply emotional work reflects life lessons learned, and fuses passion, poetic power, and musical and vocal skill, to striking effect."
"[Nardi’s] musical world is fine, smooth, filled with light and human depth."
Daniela Nardi’s tracks