Performing with Jumaane Smith, Saturday April 25, 2015 @ 8PM - Stratus Vineyards
2010 Juno Award winner, Dominic Mancuso is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer born and based in Toronto, Ontario. The multi-instrumentalist with an ‘impassioned singing style’ is defining a rich hybrid sound, fueled by the multicultural flavors of his native city, his versatile guitar playing and passion for world music. Mancuso’s latest release, Comfortably Mine showcases his global sound and diverse talent. The album is a sonic exploration of his ancestry: he reinvents classic Italian songs by breathing new life into them in imaginative ways. By embracing his forefathers’ southern Italian repertoire and infusing it with his North American sensibility, he successfully merged the old world with the new. Featuring 12 tracks and a powerhouse of Canada’s finest musicians playing behind Mancuso, the album has received critical acclaim, earning a 2010 Juno Award and a Canadian Folk Music Award for World Music Artist of the Year.
Mancuso has a long, distinguished musical pedigree. He has produced and released several CDs, written scores for TV and film, been involved in numerous musical and interdisciplinary collaborations with artists spanning the globe, and entertained hundreds of thousands of people across North America and in Europe with his infectious on-stage energy & zeal for story-telling. Of note, Mancuso musically directed and performed as the featured vocalist in the off-broadway production Tarantella staged at La Mamma E.T.C in New York City. Across the Atlantic, he staged the cultural event Una Melodica Eco Nel Mondo in Delia, Sicily, the success of which led to an honorary guest performance at the region’s Rafadali Festival.
Collaboration is an integral part of Mancuso’s career. He has teamed up with some of Canada’s most dynamic musicians to compose, record, perform and innovate. In addition to his solo work, the Toronto troubadour is a featured member of the 2009 Juno nominated Sicilian Jazz Project, a collective of musicians led by the renowned Michael Occhipinti. The group, hailed as ‘a masterpiece of cultural fusion’, employs an intriguing mix of Sicilian folk source material and the best elements of modern jazz, world music, funk and blues. They’ve dazzled audiences at major jazz festivals across Canada as well as in the U.S., Mexico and Italy.
Mancuso is also co-founder of the groundbreaking musical production called MANCUSO2 with his brother Vince, a nationally recognized visual artist. The show synergizes music and digital painting in an engaging real-time experience. Since unveiling the concept in 2000, the Mancuso brothers have staged it numerous times to rave reviews, including at the Toronto Distillery Jazz Festival (2003) and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (2007). The show has been commissioned by corporate clients such as Pfizer, Cadbury/Adams and Bell World and was endorsed by York University through
inclusion in their curriculum.
Currently Mancuso has returned from a successful Italian tour co sponsored buy the University of Bologna. He is debuting his New Record Fall of 2013 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Sub Urban Gypsy will be release Internationally on Sept 27th , 2013, and 2014 will see the Artist touring the new body of work along with producing a Blue Ray 5.1 HD audio, video of the recent tour.
The Buzz on Mancuso
“Dominic Mancuso is one of the most distinctive voices in music. He is a paramount storyteller;
a premier Sicilian griot of these times. He wails with the best. He cries the blues from the depths of his soul — bringing great measures of duende to the music. This is a rare album indeed, quite simply one of a kind.”
~ Raul da Gama, All That Jazz
“Full of old-world charm, the record has an honest, authentic feel thanks to Mancuso’s husky tenor,
his impassioned singing style, and the fact he’s singing in the older dialects that make up much
of Sicily’s folk music.”
~ Errol Nazareth, The Toronto Sun
“Una vera sorpresa! Dominic e’ riuscito con il suo nuovo CD “Comfortably Mine” in un’impresa che
pareva impossibile: infondere un afflato vibrante di verita’ , freschezza e originalita’ in composizioni musicali troppe volte ascoltate per riuscire ancora a sorprendere. E i pezzi originali che completano
il Cd sigillano lo straordinario risultato raggiunto.”
~ Martin Stiglio, Director, The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto
“… the singing of Dominic Mancuso – lusty, emotive, freighted with passionate sincerity, lifted the folk tunes high up into the thrilling zone.” ~ Graham Pilsworth, Atlantic Jazz festival, 2008
“… Mancuso is the real sound of Sicily. His voice is robust and passionate and he wails in such a way as bring expressions like ‘Sicilian blues’ into mind, and also suggest how close in temperament and expressive style all the music from the rim of the Mediterranean Sea is, though also very different.”
~ Stephen Pedersen, The Halifax Chronicle-Herald
“How can I choose among the high points of this show? The husky tenor of Mancuso’s vocals were so full of longing and gutsy bravado, casually, effortlessly in the centre of the pitch and so Sicilian in the way he subtly showed the Arabic influences that have passed through the island of Sicily and left a mark on the music.”
~ Tova G Kardonne, The Live Music Report
“Mancuso’s Culture Race, off his debut CD, is one of the most important songs to come out of Canada
in a decade. Standing there with the best songs by Claude Dubois, Bruce Cockburn and Jean-Pierre Ferland, Dominic Mancuso has been given the gift of beautiful inventions.”
~ Antonio D’Alfonso, writer/publisher, Guernica Publishing 2000