Back to New York from Argentina, Maria Cangiano presents her new cd HEART OF A WOMAN/CORAZON DE MUJER, released by EPSA records: a journey to the depth of the woman's heart, her emotions, strength and wisdom. Maria has put music to the lyrics of poets such as Alfonsina Storni, Gabriela Mistral, Maria Fernanda Hubeaut and herself with original arrangements by two major Argentine musicians: guitar/composer Quique Sinesi and percussionist/composer Quintino Cinalli. It has also the participation of shakere virtuso Kevin Nathaniel Hylton. The music is a unique blend of Jazz, Classical and Maria's own journey through Latin American floclore and Afro music, a truthful and sincere deepening of her roots while incorporating her global musical experiences. Argentine visual artist, Marcela Sol has made of the cd design her own view of a woman's heart. Italian multimedia artist Salvo Genovesi did the photography and Argentine filmmaker Javier Gonçalves had done the trailer and video clips for de CD. Maria will share the stage with Mexican guitarist Francisco Lelo de Larrea, German guitarist Elias Meister, Argentine bass player Martin Balik, Argentine percussionist Mauro Satalino and Italian singer-songwriter Gio Moretti.
Maria Cangiano's musical journey mirrors her gypsy life, being a daughter of Italian immigrants from middle eastern roots, raised in Argentina and exposed to Tango and South American folk music, came to the US and discovered Jazz, Blues and Afro music. Inspired by her Neapolitan grandfather who was an opera singer, Maria Cangiano had a classical training and performed many mezzo soprano opera roles at Opera Theaters in New York City, such as Regina Opera, Dicapo Opera and Amato Opera. Since 2001 she became known as the Edith Piaf of Tango and collaborated with many well known musicians from the New York Jazz, Classical and Tango scene, such as Octavio Brunetti, Fernando Otero, Pedro Giraudo, Victor Prieto, Julio Santillan, Raul Jaurena, Juan Pablo Jofre Romarion among others. In 2009 /10 she released her first cd Ballads for My Life and Death: Tribute to Piazzolla at New York and Milano's Blue Note.
"With her big, powerful contralto and a vibrato that she commanded with effortless ease, Cangiano was seemingly born to sing the Piazzolla songbook " -Lucid Culture