Dominic Mancuso Group

Dominic Mancuso Group

 Richmond Hill, Ontario, CAN
BandWorldAdult Contemporary

Mancuso' sound has taken its influence from the culturally diverse world he lives in. A Canadian born with a Sicilian soul - resonating in North America . His music transcends cultures and borders. Passionate WORLD FUSION performed by some of Canada's finest musicians.

Biography

DOMINIC MANCUSO

2010 JUNO AWARD "World Music Album of the Year" (Canadian Grammy)
2010 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARD "World Music Solo Artist of the Year"

“ 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 d’Gama Rose – All About Jazz

The Quintessential Independent Artist, 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 flavours 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 into their 2000 curriculum.

He is Currently recording original, multi-lingual compositions to be released later this fall. The balance of the year will be focused on touring nationally and abroad – from The Plaza Theater in Montreal, to LUMINATO’s main stage in Toronto and into various theaters throughout British Columbia. Also in the works, is a documentary film featuring the artist which will follow his performances and travels throughout Italy in the spring of 2012.

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Career CV Highlights
2011
-Canada's National Broadcaster records Dominic Mancuso & Kevin Breit in Concert for national broadcast
-The Alliance Francais, presents Mancuso in the Homage to George Brassens
-Spotlight.Italy features Mancuso twice during their 2 week festival honoring Italy's 150th Anniversary of Unification
-Radio Canada presents Dominic Mancuso in concert at The Plaza Theater in Montreal for national French Broadcast.
-Luminato-Toronto presents Dominic Mancuso on the main stage June 11th 2011, honoring Italy's 150th Anniversary
• 2010
-Juno Award for ‘Best World Music Album’
-Canadian Folk Music Award for ‘World Music Artist’
-Artist in residence at the Lula Lounge, Toronto’s premier world music venue, performing a weekly series entitled Mancuso Live & Intimate
• Performed on popular HIT TV show in Quebec ‘Belle et Bum’
• Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Festival (St. Johns-Newfoundland)
• Markham Jazz Festival
• Southside Shuffle Blues/Jazz festival- Portcredit-Ontario
• PEI- Souris Hall in Souris
• Guitar des Monde Festival in Nora

Discography

2012 SHINE ON : The Universe of John Lennon
2009 Comfortably Mine Dominic Mancuso
2008 Michael Occhipinti's Sicilian Jazz Project
2004 Songwrirters Vol. 1 Sukha Records
2000 MANCUSO Calling Out

Set List

Every show is unique.
Repertoire is incredibly vast, where songs from the past four CD's released are performed as well as various complementary covers. Artists like Sting, Peter Gabriel, Pino Daniele, Chic Corea, and various folk/traditional pieces interpreted in a contemporary way.

The show can range from 45 min to 2hrs or longer