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Carla Marciano

Carla Marciano is an Italian saxophonist and composer from Salerno considered by specialized critics among the best talents of European jazz. She is an alto saxophone specialist, appreciated for her great passion and energy, her strong expressiveness, her advanced tecnique as well as her distinctive performative and compositional streak. She is also one of the leading experts of the rarely used and hard to master sopranino saxophone. She has performed her music projects, with her quartet, around the world at a lot of prestigious international jazz festivals, theaters and clubs as well as at most of the major Italian jazz festivals and clubs and she has under her belt some tours in America and in Russia.

She started studying music first playing the piano and then the alto saxophone and she graduated in clarinet from the Conservatory of Music in Salerno.

"TRANE’S GROOVE” (with Alessandro La Corte - piano, Aldo Vigorito and Dario Deidda - bass, Donato Cimaglia - drums) is the title of her first CD, released in 2003 by DDQ - DISCHI DELLA QUERCIA (one of the three Bonandrinis' famous labels together with Black Saint and Soul Note). Thanks to this project she paid homage to the great John Coltrane, with original compositions and some standards, exploring and re- examining his instrumental language with a particular attention to his modal period. Her second CD "A STRANGE DAY" was released in 2005 by BLACK SAINT, the Bonandrini's prestigious as well as legendary label (the DownBeat critics poll's best label in the world, from 1984 to 1989), so much appreciated in USA. Few Italian musicians have recorded for this label and Carla Marciano is one of them, along with giants of the caliber of Max Roach, Archie Sheep, Steve Lacy, Charlie Haden, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Lester Bowie, Art Farmer, Dewey Redman, just to name a few. With this project and the precious collaboration of Alessandro La Corte on piano, Aldo Vigorito on bass and Gaetano Fasano on drums, she develops a personal discourse, mainly through her original compositions. With a precise sketch at the bottom, the quartet proposes a passionate and instinctive music, sometimes impetuous and vehement and sometimes interrupted by spiritual atmospheres and moments of meditation and reflection. You can pass from the modal pieces, which are the right ground to express a liberty of phrasing that often pushes on to extreme harmonic solutions, to the soft and seductive ballads.

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CADENCE MAGAZINE (USA) “She comunicates on a personal level, taking advantage of her beautiful tone quality to "sing" lyrically with genuine passion and a powerful force, absorbing all the energy from the room and channeling it into an open space as would the eruption of a volcano.” Jim Santella

JAZZ TIMES (USA) “Marciano is a marvelous saxophonist and improviser, consistently demonstrating impressive control of her instruments and her material most of which she composed herself.” David Franklin

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA) “One of today's strongest female saxophonists

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Psychosis - Homage to...

Challenge Records



Black Saint


Change Of Mood

Black Saint


A Strange Day

Black Saint


Preceding/Inner blast

By Carla Marciano

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