Dario Napoli Modern Manouche Project
“What I love about the gypsy jazz style and it’s scene is how honest it is”
Although Sinti guitarist Django Reinhardt is the main inspiration, Dario Napoli looks in his Modern Manouche Project to include more contemporary influences in his version of gypsy swing, introducing elements of more modern musical styles such as bebop, funk and modern jazz. The result is an unpredictable and exuberant sound, which steals from various musical eras leading you through a rich and vibrant sonic experience, without ever totally abandoning the gypsy imprint of Django. Most songs are original compositions of Dario with a few reinterpretations of jazz or pop standards from different eras.
No stranger to some of the biggest music cities in North America, guitarist and composer Dario Napoli of Cortona, Italy is quickly making a name for himself in the world of gypsy jazz music. His 2012 tour of the United States took Dario’s music to fans in cities such as Austin, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. More recently he toured in Brazil and has performed at several well-known festivals throughout Italy, including Arezzo Summer Jazz, Trasimeno Blues and Raduno Mediterraneo Petralia, where he performed on stage with Stochelo Rosenberg.
Dario also knows his way around the recording studio, having released two original albums. His first album, “Gypsy Bop”, was produced in 2011 by Drycastle Records. Dario’s second album, “Make It a Sunny Day”, was released in 2013 and included guest appearances from prestigious artists such as Jacopo Martini, Maurizio Geri, Tolga During, and Augusto Creni.
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WithDario Napoli: lead guitar
Tommaso Papini: rhythm guitar
Tonino De Sensi: bass guitar