Mafalda Minnozzi
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No Teatro Frei Caneca, a italiana radicada na capital paulista Mafalda Minnozzi emocionou na estréia de Controvento, show homônimo ao seu novo CD. Com a participação do Dj Patife e do acordeonista argentino Martin Mirol, a cantora mostrou o melhor da nova musica italiana em um irreprensivel espetaculo.
"O que me move é o novo, o andar contra o vento" definiu a estrela
In Frei Caneca Theater, the Italian singer who lives in Sao Paulo emocionated in the "premiere" of the show Controvento, homonymous of her new CD. With two special guests, the Brazilian DJ Patife and the "bandonenon" of the Argentinian Martin Mirol, the singer showed the best of new Italian music in a perfect concert.
"I like this new wave, I like to go against the wind" the popstar said - CARAS Magazine (Brazil) - Ed. Abril

"CONTROVENTO (Against the wind)"

"CONTROVENTO" ("Against The Wind") is the title of the new CD that presents the Italian singer Mafalda Minnozzi in a new setting interpreting 12 songs and 1 bonus track .

The end result is a selection of sucessful popular Italian songs from the last 20 years that distinguish themselves by the importance and poetry of their lyrics and by their refined and original melodies as sung by their interpreters such as Renato Zero and Fiorella Mannoia or in the voices of the actual composers, as in the case of Mariella Nava and Sergio Cammariere. In other words, Mafalda chose a repetoire of "cult following" songs by a modern generation of Italian songwriters that belong to the new Italian popular music.

All of the resulting songs are largely unknown outside of Italy, with the exception of PRIMA DAMMI UN BACIO by Lucio Dalla which Brazilian artist Martinho da Vila recently recorded in a portuguese version in a duet with Mafalda on his CD "Brasilatinidade" (EMI) and which in "CONTROVENTO" appears in it`s original Italian version with a new arrangement.

A bonus track is also included on the CD in which Mafalda recites a short poem in Portuguese based on the Italian lyric of one of the songs.

Moogie Canazio, winner of the Latin Grammy`s best producer award 2005 for Ivan Lins` CD "Cantando Historias" and producer of "Tempo, Tempo, Tempo,Tempo" and "Que Falta Voce Me Faz" both by Maria Bethania, was the engineer chosen to record Mafalda`s voice at Mega Studios in San Paulo during the months of July and August, 2006.

The CD`s final mixing process was left to the experienced ears of Craig Bishop and Rick DePofi at the renowned NYNoise Studios in Manhattan. Together they have engineering and/or producing credits for artists such as Shawn Colvin, Herbie Hancock, Gil Evans, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross and Elvis Costello. The CD was mastered at PureMix studios in New York by Fab, a world renown mastering and sound design engineer and consultant.

The singer Mafalda Minnozzi invited some important guest musicians to participate in the Brazilian recording sessions on several songs from the new CD.

The New York based saxophonist Aaron Heick was one of the first to contribute on the song PRIMA DAMMI UN BACIO. Aaron, who is a veteran of Chaka Khan`s band and accompanied the African artist Richard Bona on a world tour in 2006, which passed through Brazil, is currently sharing the stage with Barbra Streisand.

Mafalda went all the way to Montevideo to record three songs with the veteran Uruguayan pianist Hugo Fattoruso.
Fattoruso is well known to the Brazilians since his name has long been associated with two of the biggest names of Brazilian popular music: Chico Buarque and Milton Nascimento. Hugo Fattoruso participated in the songs L'ARCOBALENO and E DIMMI CHE NON VUOI MORIRE on acoustic piano and on UNA NOTTE IN ITALIA he played accordian.

In Brazil, the Italian singer invited Brazilian jazz master Paulo Moura and Guinga, Rio`s own brilliant composer and nylon string guitarist.
Moura plays clarinet on TUTTO QUELLO CHE UN UOMO and Guinga plays his guitar on L`ARCOBALENO and also contributes an original arrangement on the bonus track O ARCO-IRIS where Mafalda recites in Portuguese.

Another fine Brazilian nylon string guitarist, Marcus Teixeira, adds a firm touch to QUANDO

The New York guitarist, Paul Ricci, expresses his talent and experience recording the remaining guitars that characterize the sound of the majority of the songs on "CONTROVENTO".

The original arrangements for all of the songs (excluding O ARCO-IRIS) are the collaborative work of Paul Ricci and Mafalda Minnozzi.

- Regina Echeverria


DVD - Live in Italia / MPI 2009
CD - Live in Italia / MPI 2009
CD - Controvento / MPI 2007
CD - Il tempo dell' amore / Abril Music 2003
CD - Angelo Blu / Som Livre 1999
CD - Effetto Azzurro / Som Livre 1997
CD - Uma noite no Paradiso / Som Livre 1996



Short Release

Integration is the keyword of the concert of the Italian singer and composer Mafalda Minnozzi, who has created a uniquely styled world music mixing Brazilian and Italian folk music and rhythms with a modern, original touch.

Having developed a career of over 20 years in Italy and abroad, Mafalda came to know Brazil in 1996. It was love at first sight.

There she has had many important musical encounters with the likes of Nico Assumpção, Raul Mascarenhas, Armando Marçal, Hugo Fattoruso and Osvaldinho do Acordeon among others. She has also sung in some remarkable collaborations with Martinho da Vila, Guinga and Paulo Moura.

It was also in Brazil where Mafalda met the North American guitar player Paul Ricci who is the current musical director and producer, and who is also responsible for the arrangements of the concerts. Together with Mafalda he has also worked on the 5 CDs of the artist's career released in Brazil as well as on the latest DVD / CD "Mafalda Minnozzi - Live in Italia".

"Arca Musicale" is the concert which accompanies the release of the DVD "Mafalda Minnozzi - Live in Italy" on the stages of Brazil`s major cities from September 2009 and all over the world from January 2010.

The repertoire of the concert "Arca Musicale” is a combination of individual creativity and respect for tradition where Mafalda Minnozzi interprets the realism of Paolo Conte in his amusing "Azzurro" and the irony of Mattone Claudio in “A Citta'e Pulecenella", where she sings the magic of Ivano Fossati´s lyrics of "Una Notte in Italia" and "Oh Che Sara" (a version of Chico Buarque de Hollanda´s success "O que Será - A Flor da Terra"), where it is easy to be moved upon recognizing "Per Amore" and the theme composed by Ennio Morricone for the film " Cinema Paradiso ".

An exciting moment of the concert is dedicated to the popular music of Naples, the oldest and most precious result of the Mediterranean countries´ multi-cultural integration.

Dates and notes

The creative singer and composer Mafalda Minnozzi was born in Pavia, in northern Italy, under the sign of Virgo on September 21st in Pavia.

She grew up listening with attention to the most expressive artists of the 30s and the 40s American Jazz like Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Billie Holiday and later Sarah Vaugham, Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf, Sade, Annie Lennox, Elis Regina, Ornella Vanoni, Nat King Cole, Joe Cocker and Lucio Dalla. Ennio Morricone’s themes have always aroused in her strong emotions.

Her admiration for these artists and her natural passion for music spurred her to take part in several festivals and to open shows of acclaimed national artists across Italy, accompanied by her own band.

From 1987 to 1994, Mafalda`s popularity grew as she sang to ever increasing audiences

In 1994 Mafalda was contracted by RAI (Radio Televisione Italiana) to participate in the historic national daily Tv show “Uno Mattina”. There she developed her skills not only as a singer but also in presenting musical segways, gaining much national popularity during her two year tenure.

In 1996 Mafalda arrived for the first time in Brazil to present a series of shows at the club "Paradiso" in Rio de Janeiro. Her love affair with Brazil began here.

In the same year Mafalda recorded her first live CD entitled "Uma Noite no Paradiso", issued by the Brazilian record company Som Livre.
In 1997, due to the successful sales of her debut CD in Brazil, Mafalda renewed her contract with Som Livre records and released her second CD “Effetto Azzurro”.

In 1997 Mafalda Minnozzi started the artistic collaboration with the guitarist-arranger-producer Paul Ricci from New York and this collaboration is still continuing.

Paul Ricci graduated in guitar at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is an experienced musician as he played for many years in the most famous jazz clubs in New York like Blue Note and Birdland. As a componer he can boast the making of the soundtrack of the prize-winning film “Ready”. As a guitarist and arranger he accompanied a lot of artists such as Harry Bellafonte and the Brazilian Astrud Gilberto and Bebel Gilberto.

In 1999, Mafalda Minnozzi released her third CD for Som Livre records entitled "Angelo Blu".

In the same year, the internationally successful novela "Terra Nostra" (Globo network) marked Mafalda`s presence as a collaborator in soundtrack production.
The CD "Terra Nostra" sold more than 1 million copies and confirmed Mafalda Minnozzi`s popularity in Brasil.

In 2002 Mafalda actively participated in the musical production of a new Globo network novela: "Esperanca". This time the Italian singer also participates in songwriting as a lyricist in the novela`s opening theme entitled "Speranza" (co-written by Laura Pausini).

In 2003, Mafalda recorded “Il Tempo Dell`Amore”, the fourth solo CD of her career.

In 2004 Mafalda Minnozzi had the role of correspondent in Brazil for RADIO RA