Mafalda Minnozzi Quintet
Paul Ricci – Guitar (musical direction)
Helio Alves – Piano
Eduardo Belo – Acoustic Bass
Graciliano Zambonin – Drums
Italian Singer Mafalda Minnozzi with her NY guitarist, Paul Ricci, have broken musical ground in Brazil, the US, and Europe with a long-running collaboration that has resulted in her notable solo career that often goes hand in hand with the great Brazilian songbook.
Her extensive career in Brazil and beyond, counts on collaborations with Milton Nascimento, Leny Andrade, Guinga, Roberto Menescal, Hugo Fattoruso, and André Mehmari, while Ricci was arranger for Astrud Gilberto and has played with Bebel Gilberto, Bobby Sanabria, Harry Belafonte, Mike Clark, Santi DeBriano, Michael Wolff and a cast of NY’s finest. All this experience can be translated into a unique arranging style over eclectic classics from Brazil, Italy, France and the US, via her own improvisational language.
Aside from a possible surprise or two from her over 20 CD’s, she and her Brazilian all-star band will perform selections from her soon to be released ”NATURAL IMPRESSION” and her previous Brazilian CD ”SENSORIAL” which can be found in rotation on WBGO Radio and other leading jazz stations around the country.
Mafalda’s charismatic stage presence, vocal range, and versatile timbral palette blurs the line between singer and improviser, earning her a prestigious “Targa Tenco” nomination by the Italian press and several top 10 votes in Italy’s prestigious JAZZIT awards.