Following the release of her sleekly stunning album ‘Canto’ (out now via eOne Entertainment) and ahead of her Edinburgh Festival shows, enchantingly talented Canadian/Italian performer Daniela Nardi, talks to FM about her busy Espresso Manifesto and the intercontinental journey she made, to record her album, between Toronto and Naples with Italian producer Antonio Fresa.
Hello Daniela…How are you today?
Doing very well thank you and thank you for this interview.
Can you tell us everything we should know about ‘Canto’?
So much to know about CANTO but primarily it all started with an inspiration that came to me when I was listening to Stacey Kent’s “Raconte Moi”. She took a bunch of French songs, older and newer and set them in a jazz context. I thought well, why can that not be done with Italian songs? The general consciousness around Italian music is that it’s primarily Opera but there’s this vast Italian popular songbook that is so amazing, rich, deep. I wanted to do my part to expose a new audience to it. I started it with the first record I did in Italian “The Songs of Paolo Conte” but I wanted to take a similar approach of taking legendary writers and contempary writers and giving their material new life.What is the idea behind it?
The idea is to showcase or demonstrate the fact that Italian music goes beyond Opera, that it is a world music, comparable to French, African, Portuguese, Brazilian music. It is a world music
Describe in few words your musical journey so far.
Started on piano at the age of 5, discovered the pop band The Police when I was 13, starting writing songs and playing bass at that time and the rest is history as they say. I did go to university to formally study jazz and composition. Upon graduation, music was my full time gig, amongst other day gigs to keep the money coming in, as us artist have to do.
How did you start and when?
I asked my mother for piano lessons and that was it.
Who has helped you the most get to where you are today?
I would say it was my mother’s support and belief in me that carried me through my adolesence and university years. Then it would be the support of my husband. A lot of what I have achieved has been school of hard knocks. Failing alot, losing alot and learning a ton of lessons and not just musical ones – but life lessons.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with Sting, I would also love to collaborate with Italian artist Vinicio Capossela
What kind of music do you like?
Quite honestly I like anything that truly moves me. I do go in phases. I had a country phase now I am in a Ray Baretto, Tito Puente phase. But I do listen to everything.
Are you planning any live shows and what will they be like?
I will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festivall from August 11-19 and then hoping to do a tour in Italy. That is still in the works.
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM