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Carla Marciano 4tet at New Haven's Firehouse 12 on September 29th


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Friday, September 29th at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m.
Carla Marciano 4tet
Firehouse 12
45 Crown Street in New Haven, CT
Tickets are $15 (opening set) and $10 (second set)
Tickets and info are available at http://www.firehouse12.com or (203) 785-0468
Learn about Carla Marciano at http://www.carlamarciano.it

Carla Marciano, alto and sopranino saxophones; Alessandro La Corte, piano; Aldo Vigorito, bass; Gaetano Fasano, drums

The Carla Marciano 4tet will kick off its three-stop East Coast tour with a two-set performance on September 29th at New Haven's Firehouse 12. Led by Salerno-based saxophonist/composer Carla Marciano, this Italian quartet features Alessandro La Corte (piano), Aldo Vigorito (bass), and Gaetano Fasano (drums). The group's first-ever American concert (festival appearances in Hartford and New York follow in October) will feature music from its latest release, A Strange Day (Black Saint).

In his review of the disc earlier this year, JazzTimes' David Franklin called Marciano “a marvelous saxophonist and improviser, consistently demonstrating impressive control of her instruments and her material." He continued, “Pianist Alessandro La Corte not only provides roiling accompaniment for the saxophonist's passionate flights but offers a needed contrast with well-constructed, swinging hard-boplike solos of his own. Music of such high intensity asks much of a drummer and bass player, and Gaetano Fasano and Aldo Vigorito come through admirably."

Marciano mostly performs around Europe and her native Italy, but American jazz critics know her as a musician that is “as fierce and relentless as anyone who plays the saxophone" (Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz.com) and “communicates on a personal level, taking advantage of her beautiful tone quality on alto to 'sing' lyrically with genuine passion" (Jim Santella, Cadence). A recording artist for the legendary Black Saint label, she burst on to the international scene with her 2002 debut, Trane's Groove , which paid tribute to iconic saxophonist John Coltrane's modal period. A Strange Day followed in 2005, and not only introduced her working quartet but also a further refined and more personal sound.

About Firehouse 12:

Firehouse 12 is an award-winning full-service bar, state-of-the-art recording studio and unusually intimate performance space located in New Haven's historic Ninth Square District. Painstakingly renovated over the course of four years by owner/producer/ engineer Nick Lloyd and Gray Organschi Architecture, this once-abandoned firehouse building has become a major part of New Haven's cultural renaissance since opening its doors in April 2005. It has also quickly gained a reputation as one of the premier recording studios and creative music venues on the East Coast.

A 2006 Best Studio Design Project nominee for the prestigious Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards, the recording studio features world-class acoustic design by renowned acoustician John Storyk of Walters-Storyk Design Group. The striking 1200- square foot space features a Steinway concert grand piano, and doubles as an 80-seat public venue with unparalleled technical possibilities for some of the most respected names in creative music. Past performers include Han Bennink, Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, William Parker and Mario Pavone among many others.

In a June 2005 feature, New Haven Independent's Regina DeAngelo called Firehouse 12 “a north star in the jazz firmament that might well guide music lovers to New Haven from far away." She went on to write, “fabric-covered walls are angled to urge music to flow, not bounce, through a womb-like space. It's almost like sitting in the hull of an instrument. Luckily, the Firehouse attracts people who bring near-religious reverence to the music, producing an exchange of energy that often fires great performances." James Keepnews of the New Haven Advocate echoed DeAngelo's praise, calling the venue a “remarkable new cultural outpost" and “a resounding success." Yale University's Associate Vice President of New Haven and State Affairs Michael Morand recently called the space “a wonderful addition to New Haven's role as the cultural capital of Connecticut."

Complete Fall 2006 Concert Season:

Friday, September 22nd: Matthew Shipp
Friday, September 29th: Carla Marciano 4tet
Friday, October 6th: David Berkman Quartet
Friday, October 13th: Nate Wooley and Blue Collar
Friday, October 20th: Andrew Cyrille/Greg Osby Duo
Friday, October 27th: Pete Robbins and Centric
Saturday, November 4th: Dave Allen Quartet
Friday, November 10th: Stephen Haynes and Bugaboo
Friday, November 17th: Dominique Eade Duo
Friday, December 1st: Ben Allison Quartet
Friday, December 8th: Wayne Escoffery Quartet
Friday, December 15th: Gerald Cleaver & Violet Hour

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