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ARTIST INTERVIEW: MAFALDA MINNOZZI

Interview


Cru cru Mafalda Minnozzi, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. First and foremost what got you into music?



It just became a call inside of me that got stronger and stronger as I grew up.


My family didn’t accept my choice but it became an obvious one after I won local and then national song contests in Italy.



What is “Natural Impression" and why is it so relaxing?


I have been lucky to have a career not only in Italy and the US, but an over 27 year career in Brazil with over 20 albums. Natural Impression is the way I feel about Brazilian music as I overcame my reluctance to perform Brazilian music in Brazil and beyond. I realized that if I could approach it honestly with the impression it has had on me over all these years, then I could find the voice inside me to express it.


It wasn’t my intention to make it relaxing. I think there are many exciting moments on it. Maybe you are referring to my insistence on recording great musicians on acoustic instruments. It certainly creates an organic feeling that most electronic music doesn’t allow you to feel. Plus the Bossa nova is quite present and that is perfect for relaxation.



What are your top 3 jazz albums of all time?


John Coltrane - Ballads


Miles Davis - Kind of Blue


Bill Evans - Live at the Village Vanguard



What’s the best advice you ever gave?


I believe music gives us the chance to express ourselves so I advise all young people to work on their inner voice to find a sincere place to express what makes them different or special. Only then can their music have something to say.


⁠How is your experience as an indie artist going?


Seems to be more difficult every year with the streaming platforms conspiring to squeeze every penny out of the artist’s income.


At the same time I accept that this is what comes with the liberty to do what I do. I’m know I’m not truly free, but being indie helps me feel that way.



Who was playing on your headphones when you were growing up?


I was very attracted to my divas like Piaf, Billie Holiday, Annie Lennox, Sade, Ornella Vanoni and Mia Martini, Frank Sinatra and singer/songwriters like Lucio Dalla and James Taylor, and so many others.



Who's your favorite artist from the latin scene?


Ruben Blades



Do you consider yourself a music - nerd?



Not really. As a performer I think it’s essential to connect to the common traits of all people. Is a nerd is someone who withdraws from public interaction? I think my calling is to go out and touch people. Especially people who might not have explored jazz or latin styles but who are ready for something deeper than the standard fare.



What movie makes you feel the most at peace with yourself?


Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (directed by Giuseppe Tornatore)



Do you agree with the Pigeon?


Of course, I believe in these forms of communication and that’s why I’m here.


Review

In "Samba de Verão" Mafalda Minnozi is a girl from Ipanema who enchants with the tranquillity intricate to samba, serene strings, and a passionate sincere voice. I love the simplicity of music from Brazilian artists like João Gilberto and Minnozzi is second to none. "Samba de Verão" is a spell of refined keys and organic percussion that perfectly complement Mafalda's melodic voice that exudes love and exotic sensuality. My heart also suddenly leaps when I listen and find these melodic flourishes that represent a soulful state of mind!



The Pigeon added the new single to his Weekly Gems playlist on Spotify. You can check out the released music below. If you like what you hear, make sure to follow along so you can stay on top of future releases!


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