Join us at the Birdland Theater for Mafalda Minnozzi!
Returning to Birdland for the fifth time, powerhouse singer Mafalda Minnozzi will preview her upcoming CD "SENSORIAL" in celebration of the new project and the upcoming November Italian tour with an exclusive NY debut of the concert "Portraits in Bossa & Jazz".
On hand will be the all star band from the recording dedicated to a revisiting of the magical fusion of Bossa and jazz via some unique arrangements built around her spirited improvisations.
Mafalda, although Italian, has an over 20 year solid touring and recording career in Brazil marked by collaborations with Milton Nascimento, Guinga, Leny Andrade, Paulo Moura, Martinho Da Vila, Toquinho, Andre Mehmari and many others.
After performing at Jazz festivals in Italy, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay and Portugal, her trajectory from Rome to Rio has brought her to New York at the side of the New York arranger, guitarist Paul Ricci along with Art Hirahara - piano, Essiet Okon Essiet and Harvie S - bass, Victor Jones - drums, and Rogerio Boccato - percussion. Although the CD was not originally planned to be a tribute to Joao Gilberto, a large part of the repertoire and much of the musical language on the CD comes from Mafalda's intimate coexistence with the Bossa and Ricci's work with Dom Um Romao, Edison Machado and Astrud and Bebel Gilberto.
As much as Joao is always present in the language, Mafalda's Jobim laden repertoire also visits the creativity of post Bossa generation composers Toninho Horta, Filo Machado and Chico Buarque with a more fiery style defined by her charismatic stage presence, vocal range and versatile timbral palette, blurring the line between singer and improviser and earning her a prestigious “Targa Tenco” nomination by the Italian press and a spot among the 10 best jazz vocalists readers poll in Italy's JAZZIT magazine.
"Mafalda Minnozzi, is an extraordinary performer. She dominates the stage with her fascinating scenic presence and her powerful and flexible voice, rich in a thousand nuances" - Gerlando Gatto (journalist, music critic and author of"L'Altra Metà del Jazz")
"Thanks to her experiences with jazz music in Brazil and Italy, both countries influence her way of singing ... each interpretation is deep and sensitive. This is jazz for falling in love, the free flight of a bird in a great sky. "- Debbie Burke (blogger and jazz critic)
"She has a beautiful conception of each song and is a wonderful performer. I am fascinated by her way of improvising and interacting" - Gene Bertoncini (legendary NY jazz guitarist)
“…overflowing with interpretative choices, communicative appeal and strong artistic personality, the singer expertly handles the dynamics and projection with grace and deep emotional impact, suggesting a sort of imaginary bridge connecting Italy, the United States and Brazil…”
– Stefano Dentice: Italian Jazz Critic at “ITALIAINJAZZ”
“…delivered the hottest show of the night… the Italian singer Mafalda Minnozzi and American guitarist Paul Ricci literally raised the audience with jazzy versions of classics."
– Carlos Calado: Brazilian Jazz author and critic at “FOLHA de S.PAULO”.
“… there were some revelations, for example the eMPathia duo composed of Paul Ricci and Mafalda Minnozzi… Fantastic!”
– Humphrey Inzillo: Argentine Jazz critic and author at “LA NACION”.