Nova Columbo

Nova Columbo

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Nova Columbo explodes with Pop Fusion, mixing the eclectic energies and colors of Rock, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Pop and World music. We are a mix of great NYC based musicians from around the world who meet on the common ground of Love & Music.



Biography

Pop, Jazz and World energies on a solid Rock foundation;
Nova Columbo is a celebration of sound !

Columbo's upbeat and melodic sound cross genre's and have a common energy that is infectious. Sweet, sexy and fiery vocals, explosive solo's, world and dance rhythms and energetic stage presence draws the audience in for the party.

They have been labeled Brazilian Rock by many favorable critics and accept that generality gratefully.

Their influences are numerous and broad and thus the title of their latest recording, KALEIDOSCOPE; to name a few:
Santana, Pink Martini, Bebel Gilberto, Ellis Regina, Sonny Rollins, Bueno Vista Social Club, Sade, Paul Simon, Todd Rundgren, St. Germain, Barbra Streisand, as well as Slavic, Gipsy and European folk traditions and experiments into Electronica.

HISTORY AND MEMBERS

Guitarist, songwriter Frankie DiDonato first met Gina when she moved into the basement apartment next to his; truly "the girl next door". Gina had moved from her native Bulgaria where she was the youngest performer in the national theater and instrumental in fusing musical styles. Chasing her musical dreams she met DiDonato. The two began performing Bossa Nova and Jazz standards as "Nova Duo" and the seeds for Nova Columbo were planted.

Trumpet great and former Art Blakey Jazz Messenger Valery Ponomarev next joined the duo. Bassists Steve Watson and multi instrumentalist Keiji have shared the Bass chair throughout the years. Percussion virtuoso's John Hadfeild (John has worked with everyone from Jon Faddis to Yo Yo Ma) and Kazumi studied world percussion together and lay down the foundation for Columbo's eclectic fire. Composer and versatile pianist Gary Negbaur joins them on keyboards.The latest band member is the great saxophonists Atsuishi Anouchie and Fotios Anthonasou. Their powerful styles are a thrilling addition on Alto, Tenor, Flute and Clarinet.

Nova Columbo is also available in smaller ensembles besides the full 7 piece band, from the core dynamic duo
and up we can accommodate all your needs for special events and diverse venue's.

I hope you further investigate and enjoy the music of Nova Columbo It is a celebration of sound.

Lyrics

Something New

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

Come on baby, lets start something new. There is something that we need to do. Come on baby lets start something new, I can read your mind just looking at you.

‘Cause time is short and the wheels keep on turning round and round my heart. I know you want me, I know you feel me seeping in deeper.

You feel me coming to bring you lovin and show you something keeping it all new. You feel the power forget the hour, our hearts devour, keeping it all new.

Tempting glance I send you, blowing candlelight. You who dream and think of me on each lonely night. Meet me in the moonlight stars will give their flame. You and I return anew from the same old game.

‘Cause time is short….….. feel me seeping in deeper.

Though the earth is moving, You and I now stop to seize the day and enter dawn, a door we have unlocked.

I'll Bring You Something New

Arms of the Soul

Written By: Frankie DiDonato


Every morning I wake up with a rhythm in my heart, children are laughing the sun is shining, this is Love.

Every Morning I wake up with a singing in my soul. The tide is rising with an undying sense of Love.

And you and I will follow the Heart where ever it goes, to places we don't know. Into the Arms of the Soul

Feel it everywhere and in everything Love come unto me, love come unto me.

True Love is Mine

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

I know that Love is nothing new I know that Love is often blue but then theres you and your so wonderful.

Time played the jester and now its true, True love is mine.

Like the leaves on the tree's swinging with the breeze. Like the birds in the sky flying up above. Like the heart once lost knows the reason why

Time played the jester and now its true , True love is mine.

Fortune waits in the strangest of places. Who know who, what, when or where it may come. Just when your lonely heart has given up its journey its right there shining like the Sun

Like the moon and the stars and the cats and the dogs, the old couple down the street. Like the walks in the rain to the subway train are whispering to me, they say how sweet, lovely, life is good.

Time played the jester and now its true, True love is mine.

It's finally mine.


You're Not Around

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

When you're not around the wind is a wisp,
the gently falling Autumn leaves search for their kiss,
and I reminisce your open arms.

The touch of your goodbye
that let me live and die,
Makes me think that melodies are
gone from my lips.
as I reminisce your open heart.

Maybe I am just a fool and I know it, inside.
When I did what I had to do and left you behind.

When you're not around the wind is a wisp, the gently falling Autumn leaves search for their kiss
and I reminisce your open arms.
Your open Heart.
Your open Arms.

Precious

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

Downtown in love, summer plans we dream of.
No wind or rain can stop the dawn we've made

And when this world starts getting me down I dream of you and how I want to be sharing life through eternity, so much beauty all around for us to see

You're Precious and I'm thankful everyday (Na na na....)

You're Precious and I'm thankful everyday (Na na na)

You're Precious and I'm thankful everyday that your love came my way.

We're on our own
To face whatever the future holds
Never alone, the skies wide open up above.

And when this world starts dragging me down I dream of you and how I want to be sharing life through eternity, so much beauty all around for you and me

You're Precious and I'm thankful everyday.... (Na na naa).

Somehow

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

Somehow some way
I came through the storm
and found that my angel
was there all along

Sunshine on soft lips
now wait at my door
To find me and guide me
and make me strong

I've never noticed the simplest parts of life
How the smell of your hair matches the morning light

I found the purest beauty,
hanging outside of my door
And thats the greatest part of it all.

(Oooh ........ Mmmn oh yeah)

Kaleidoscopes of black and white
The dream of you that came to life
The colors were already in the sky
where you where searching

I've never noticed the simplest parts of life
How the smell of your hair matches the morning light

I found the purest beauty,
hanging outside of my door
And that's the greatest part of it all.

Thats the greatest part of it all

Vurteleshka

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

Vurteleshka (Carousel)
Sung in Bulgarian
English Translation

As every day goes by my love,
I sit and wonder why my love,
All that I have left of you is my love.
The sparks that were in your eyes
I saw fade to embers as I watched from the carousel of broken dreams.

The painted pony I am riding on
is an old friend of mine
I'm asking him if he knows where you are. Are you near or far ?
Who will find you while I'm riding round and round on this carousel in my dreams.

I've never been in love like this before,
I've never been in love like this before,
I've never been in Love

Spinning and Spinning,
Round and Round

(3rd verse-sung in english)

As every day goes by my love,
I sit and wonder why my love,
All I had was a moment with you
The kisses that were in your eyes
I watched them as they passed me by.
Round and Round on this Carousel in my Dreams.

I've never been in love like this before,
I've never been in love like this before,
I never been in Love.

Spinning and Spinning,
Round and Round.

I Have You

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

I Have You - Frankie DiDonato

You appear in your in all your style
Far more lovelier than the flowers of June.
And every around us seemed so confused, “what’s she doing with him ?”

And as you take my hand
As if a child, but who’s to say is who’s.
And as you ask me to dance, I whisper forever.

More important than anything, I have you.

And the places we must hide
is where we’ll make our paradise.
Between every look a tender smile of our love unspoken.

Yet we have tonight, so many dreams so many signs.
Let’s leave here tonight into forever

More important than anything, I have you

All alone on this journey
I don’t think I could’ve survived.
We are two streams discovering an ocean in our eyes.
Let me sing to you mia amore, my love.
Let me look up into those eyes tonight

You appear in your style far more lovelier than the flowers of June,
And everyone around seemed so confused.
They’ve got a lot of living to do.

More important than anything, I have you
More important than anything, I have you

Candy Jam

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

My sugar cover coated candy jam,
C'mon and play with me a while.
You've got the lips that I deserve.
You've got the kisses that I need.
'Cause its been a long and lonely night,
I've got to get you into my life
Got get you !

Cotton candy roller coaster ride.
C'mon baby take it one more time,
upside down, around and back again,
I've got this vision spinning in my head.
Oh this rapture gives me butterflies,
I've got to get you into my life
Got to Get you !

Sweet lollipops, strawberry smiles,
Choclate covered cherry eyes,
Rasberry circus surprise
Ice creams swirls on banana moon pies,
Butterscotch on hot fudge nights
Got to get you into my life !

Get up this christmas morning

Written By: Frankie DiDonato

Get up this Christmas Morning
With a simple thought of me
Sharing the dream of ages
Knowing you belong to me

B) Life gets so strange year after year
This day reminds me just why I’m here

C) With You - There can be no other
With You - We have found one another
With You - There can be no other
We can make it last forever

D) Gather the choir of Angels. Singing for the hope of a brand new day
Trumpet the horn of Gabriel. Playing for Peace on this New Years Day

A) Get up this Christmas Morning
See the children laugh and play
Remember the simplest feelings
How we were all just the same

B) Life gets so strange year after year
We should be mindful of the laughter we hear

C) For You - are my sisters and brothers
For We – must embrace one another
For You - are my sisters and brothers
We can make it last forever

D) Gather the choir of Angels, Singing for the hope of a brand new day
Trumpet the horn of Gabriel, Playing for Peace on this New Years Day

Instruumental Bridge

A) Get up this Christmas Morning
Gentle friend and enemy
Behold the mighty vision
Of the child in you and me

B) Life gets so strange year after year
This day’s upon us
So be of good cheer

C) With You - There can be no other
With You – We have found one another
For You - are my sisters and brothers
For we - must embrace one another

Discography

NOVA COLUMBO : KALEIDOSCOPE

Somehow
Something New
Arms of the Soul
Candy Jam
You're Not Around
Arms of the Soul
Vurteleshka
True Love Is Mine
I Have You
Precious
Every Moment
Ne Me Buddi

NOVA COLUMBO : COSMIC QUEEN

Waiting for Your Life
Perfume, Cologne and Wine
All My Life
When Your Not Around
You Make Me Feel
Antonio's Theme
Thank You

NOVA LIVE AT THE LEMON : Standards and Originals

My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Something New
A Day in the Life of a Fool
Big Spender
Speak Low
True Love is Mine
Fly Me to The Moon
I Will Survive
Mambo Italiano
Under My Skin
Heat Wave
Fly Like an Eagle
Bang Bang

Set List


NOVA COLUMBO Disked Originals Include :

Something New
Somehow
Candy Jam
Your'e Not Around
Arms of the Soul
Vurteleshka
True Love is Mine
I Have You
Precious
Every Moment
Ne Me Buddi
City Girl
Thank You
Waiting for Your Life
Waiting for Your Life
Perfume, Cologne and Wine
All My Life
When Your Not Around
You Make Me Feel
Antonio's Theme
Thank You

Library of Covers and Standards:
Over 250 Jazz, Bossa Nova and Pop Standards

Some of our favorites to flavor include:

My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Killing Me Softly
A Day in the Life of a Fool
Big Spender
All That Jazz
Beseme Mucho
Speak Low
Fly Me to The Moon
Look of Love
I Will Survive
Fly Like an Eagle
Thats the Way Ah ha I Like it.
Mambo Italiano
Under My Skin
Heat Wave
Bang Bang
More
Too Darn Hot
All the Things You Are
Light My Fire
Speak Softly Love
Evergreen
Still of the Night