“Mancuso is one of the most distinctive voices in music. He cries the blues from the depths of his soul. In this respect, he recalls the great Ray Charles at the height of his powers.” (Raul da Gama, All That Jazz, Feb. 2010)
2010 Juno Award winner, 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 has successfully merged the old world with the new.
Musical Collaboration and Innovation
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 Sicilian Jazz Project, a collective of musicians led by the renowned Michael Occhipinti. The renowned group, hailed as "a masterpiece of cultural fusion", earned a JUNO Award nomination in 2009 with their intriguing mix of Sicilian folk source material and the best elements of modern jazz, world music, funk and blues. Mancuso has toured extensively with The Sicilian Jazz Project, dazzling audiences at major jazz festivals across Canada as well as in the U.S., Mexico and Italy.
He is also co-founder of a groundbreaking musical production called MANCUSO2 with his brother Vince, a nationally recognized visual artist. The show synergizes music and digital art 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 and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The show has been commissioned by corporate clients such as Pfizer, Cadbury/Adams and Bell World and was endorsed by York University through inclusion in their curriculum.
In 2010, Mancuso will be an artist in residence at Toronto's Lula Lounge, one of Canada's premier world music venues. He will also play select dates across Canada with the Dominic Mancuso Group as well as The Sicilian Jazz Project, and is presently developing material for his follow up album.