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BIO e QUOTES - ITALIANO   


Altosassofonista e compositrice salernitana, apprezzata sia per la grande passionalità ed energia, quanto per il fraseggio particolarmente articolato e l'inconsueta vena interpretativa e compositiva, considerata dalla critica specializzata tra i migliori talenti del jazz nazionale e non solo. E' inoltre annoverata tra i principali musicisti di jazz che usano il sassofono sopranino, uno dei sassofoni più difficili da padroneggiare, strumento poco comune e poco utilizzato.

Carla Marciano si avvicina alla musica all'età di undici anni, dapprima al pianoforte, poi al sax alto e si diploma in clarinetto presso il Conservatorio di Musica di Salerno.

Successivamente entra a far parte della “Matera Concert Band” di Ettore Fioravanti, con la quale si esibisce in alcuni festival italiani di jazz.

"TRANE’S GROOVE" (con Alessandro La Corte al pianoforte, Aldo Vigorito e Dario Deidda al contrabbasso, e Donato Cimaglia alla batteria) è il titolo del suo primo lavoro discografico, pubblicato nel 2003 dalla DDQ (una delle tre etichette della famiglia Bonandrini, insieme a Black Saint e Soul Note).
Con questo CD, tra brani originali e qualche classico della musica afroamericana, Carla Marciano rendeva omaggio al grande John Coltrane, esplorando e rivisitando il suo linguaggio strumentale con particolare attenzione al periodo modale.

Il suo secondo CD, "A STRANGE DAY", è stato prodotto nel 2005 dalla BLACK SAINT, la prestigiosissima e storica etichetta di Giovanni e Flavio Bonandrini (dal 1984 al 1989, la migliore etichetta discografica di jazz nel mondo, secondo il referendum della celeberrima rivista statunitense DOWNBEAT) il cui catalogo, da sempre molto apprezzato anche in America, vede la Marciano tra i pochi artisti italiani dell'elenco.
Avvalendosi della preziosa collaborazione dei conterranei Alessandro La Corte al pianoforte, Aldo Vigorito al contrabbasso e Gaetano Fasano alla batteria, Carla Marciano, con questo progetto, è volta a sviluppare un discorso personale, principalmente attraverso brani originali di sua composizione. Con un rigoroso disegno di base, il quartetto propone una musica passionale, istintiva, a volte impetuosa ed irruente e a tratti interrotta da atmosfere spirituali e momenti di meditazione. Si passa dai brani modali, in cui il fraseggio si spinge spesso fino ad estreme soluzioni armoniche, alle ballads, morbide ed ammalianti.

Nel 2006 Carla Marciano, insieme al suo quartetto, ha presentato questo CD negli Stati Uniti, partecipando a tre importanti jazz festival: l'HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, la rassegna del FIREHOUSE 12 Music Club a New Haven e l'ITALIAN WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL (prodotto dall'Istituto di Cultura Italiano di New York) presso il SYMPHONY SPACE THEATRE a Broadway, New York.
Inoltre ha presentato lo stesso progetto in Montenegro, all'INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL "A TEMPO" del MONTENEGRIN NATIONAL THEATRE di Podgorica.

Nel 2008 è stato pubblicato il suo terzo CD “CHANGE OF MOOD”, prodotto ancora una volta dalla BLACK SAINT, prima che i Bonandrini si ritirassero e le loro tre etichette fossero acquisite dalla CAM JAZZ. Con lo stesso quartetto, ormai stabile da anni (A. La Corte - A. Vigorito - G. Fasano), Carla ribadisce l’intenzione di portare avanti un discorso musicale coerente e con una chiara identità, che vive appunto sull’alternanza tra momenti dalla coinvolgente carica passionale ed emotiva ed altri più riflessivi. Il CD contiene esclusivamente brani originali, di sua composizione.

Il suo quarto CD "STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS" è stato recentemente pubblicato da un'altrettanto stimata etichetta italiana: la ALFA MUSIC. Un "live" in studio, ancora una volta in compagnia dello stesso quartetto (A. La Corte - A. Vigorito - G. Fasano), per una musica senza filtri, sempre più diretta ed emozionale, in cui la Marciano utilizza un linguaggio improvvisativo aperto ad ogni rischio per comunicare il proprio mondo interiore, le proprie emozioni, le proprie passioni o ansie più profonde. Il CD contiene esclusivamente brani originali di sua composizione, eccetto un'eleborazione, di A. La Corte, dell'English traditional "God rest ye merry, gentlemen".

Nell'ottobre 2013 e nel novembre 2014, sempre in compagnia del suo quartetto, ha presentato questo progetto in Russia, esibendosi in importanti teatri e jazz club tra cui: l'ESSE JAZZ CLUB a Mosca, l'ENI JAZZ FESTIVAL presso la PHILARMONIC HALL di Krasnoyarsk, il "GG JAZZ III" INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL presso il MUSICAL THEATRE di Krasnodar, l'EVER JAZZ CLUB a Yekaterinburg, il "MUZENERGO" INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL di Dubna, l'HELICON JAZZ CLUB a Novokuznetsk, la PHILARMONIC HALL di Nizhny Tagil, il POBEDA CINEMA CENTER a Novosibirsk ed altri.

Carla Marciano ha destato l'attenzione delle più importanti riviste specializzate e siti web internazionali, tra cui: DOWNBEAT (USA), JAZZIZ (USA), JAZZ TIMES (USA), CADENCE MAGAZINE (USA), ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA), MUSICA JAZZ (I), JAZZ IT (I), JAZZMAN (F), LOS ANGELES JAZZ SCENE (USA), JAZZ REVIEW (UK), JAZZ RU MAGAZINE (Russia), JAZZ REVIEW MAGAZINE (USA), JAZZ MAGAZINE (I), JAZZ MONTHLY (USA), SUONO (I), JAZZ CONVENTION (I), JAZZITALIA (I), MUSIC BOOM (I), KATAWEB/MUSICA (I), FIDELIO (H), CHITARRE (I), SLAGWERKKRANT (NL), solo per citarne alcune, ed i suoi CD hanno ricevuto recensioni estremamente positive.

Inoltre, è stata ospite di alcuni programmi televisivi e radiofonici nazionali, tra cui: "Sottovoce" su RAI 1 - "Music Club" su RADIO 1 RAI - "Al Top Musica" e "Alta Fedeltà" su SAT 2000 - "Musik Musik" su CONTO TV e la sua musica è stata trasmessa da numerosi canali radiofonici nazionali ed internazionali [RADIO 3 RAI ("Radio 3 Suite Jazz", "Battiti", "Primo Movimento", "Fonorama") - RTSI/ Radiotelevisione Svizzera - WRTC, WWUH, WPKN, WNUA, KLCC, WICN (USA) - SMOTH FM (UK) - BAYERN 2 RADIO, RADIO X Frankfurt (Germania) - JAZZ RADIO ARDIA Yogyacarta (Indonesia) - TAINTRADIO (Canada) - UN RADIO (Colombia) - e tanti altri]

Il suo CD “ A STRANGE DAY” è stato incluso nella lista dei TOP TEN CDs del 2006 della prestigiosa rivista specializzata americana CADENCE MAGAZINE.

Il suo CD "STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS" ha ottenuto, nel gennaio 2013, una recensione a CINQUE STELLE sulla prestigiosa rivista specializzata russa JAZZ RU MAGAZINE. Inoltre ha ricevuto il JAZZIT AWARD 2012 dalla nota rivista specializzata italiana JAZZIT.

La Marciano è stata presente per alcuni anni nella TOP TEN della categoria "Miglior Nuovo Talento" del TOP JAZZ, referendum della critica specializzata, indetto dalla storica rivista italiana MUSICA JAZZ ed è stata più volte menzionata tra i migliori sassofonisti italiani (sezione "Ance").

Nel giugno 2010 ha ricevuto il PREMIO INTERNAZIONALE PRINCIPESSA SICHELGAITA (riconoscimento destinato alle donne della provincia di Salerno distintesi in campo nazionale ed internazionale), con medaglia della PRESIDENZA del SENATO della REPUBBLICA ITALIANA per la sezione "Arte".

Nel marzo 2012 è stata invitata all' "Italian Jazz Graffiti", tra i solisti ospiti della Civica Jazz Band - Orchestra Senza Confini - diretta da Enrico Intra, al PICCOLO TEATRO STREHLER di Milano.

Nell'anno 2012 è stata ospite fissa della Tullio De Piscopo Band.

Nel dicembre 2013 è stata tra i vincitori della categoria "miglior altosassofonista" (in compagnia di artisti del calibro di Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, David Sanborn, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton) del 35° ANNUAL JAZZ STATION AWARDS, diretto dallo storico di jazz, produttore discografico e giornalista Arnaldo De Souteiro, membro del JJA (Jazz Journalists Association) e del LAJS (Los Angeles Jazz Society) nonchè membro votante del Naras-Grammy.

Carla Marciano, con il suo quartetto, ha presentato i suoi progetti in numerosi ed importanti festival e rassegne di jazz internazionali in Italia e all’estero. Solo per nominarne alcuni:
SYMPHONY SPACE THEATRE, New York (USA) - HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, Hartford (USA) - EUROPEAN JAZZ EXPO', Cagliari - CLUSONE JAZZ FESTIVAL - FIREHOUSE 12, New Haven (USA) - "ITALIAN JAZZ GRAFFITI" PICCOLO TEATRO STREHLER, Milano (con Civica Jazz Band diretta da E. Intra e R. Bonati) - VICENZA JAZZ "New Conversations" - ESSE JAZZ CLUB, Moscow (Russia) - “ENI JAZZ FESTIVAL”, PHILARMONIC HALL, Krasnoyarsk (Russia) (due edizioni) - "GG JAZZ III" INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, Krasnodar (Russia) - EVER JAZZ CLUB, Yekaterinburg (Russia) - "MUZENERGO" INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, Dubna (Russia) - HELICON JAZZ CLUB, Novokuznetsk (Russia) - PHILARMONIC HALL, Nizhny Tagil (Russia) - POBEDA CINEMA CENTER, Novosibirsk (Russia) - "A TEMPO" MONTENEGRIN NATIONAL THEATRE, Podgorica (MONTENEGRO) - ISEO JAZZ - BOLZANO JAZZ "Jazz and Other" - VILLA CELIMONTANA JAZZ FESTIVAL, Roma (due edizioni) - ATELIER MUSICALE (con Cerri-Intra Doppio Trio), Milano - CASA DEL JAZZ, Roma (due edizioni) - ALEXANDERPLATZ JAZZ CLUB, Roma (varie edizioni) - PIACENZA JAZZ FEST - FANO JAZZ BY THE SEA - LA PALMA, Roma - PINOCCHIO JAZZ CLUB, Firenze (due edizioni) - PORDENONE JAZZ KOINE' - BEAT ONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL, Bitonto - EDDIE LANG JAZZ FESTIVAL, Monteroduni - LA SOSTA/"JAZZMIN", Villa S.Giovanni (due edizioni) - ESPERANTO JAZZ FESTIVAL, Roma - DONNE IN JAZZ, Frascati (tre edizioni) - BLUE BRASS (The Brass Group), Palermo - LUCCA JAZZ DONNA (tre edizioni) - OKTOBER JAZZ, Benevento - OVER JAZZ, Salerno - INCONTRI INTERNAZIONALI DELLA MUSICA, Salerno - PAESAGGI SONORI (MT) - TEATRO COMUNALE REGINA MARGHERITA (stagione concertistica jazz), Caltanissetta - GHEROARTE', Milano - POMIGLIANO JAZZ FESTIVAL (NA) - TOSCANA JAZZ FESTIVAL - NICK LA ROCCA JAZZ FESTIVAL - VIGGIANO JAZZ - FESTIVAL DELLE SERRE, Cerisano - WORLD MUSIC PROJECT Molise (con Tullio De Piscopo Project) - ECOJAZZ FESTIVAL, Reggio Calabria - SERRAVALLE JAZZ (PT) - CIRCOLO DEL JAZZ THELONIOUS, Trieste - CALTAGIRONE JAZZ CLUB - e molti altri...

Ha suonato, occasionalmente, con:
Victor Bailey, Hiram Bullock, Bill Evans (sax), Franco Cerri, Enrico Intra, Tullio De Piscopo, Ernst Reijseger, Wolfgang Haffner, Ettore Fioravanti, Paco Sery, Massimo Manzi, Enzo Avitabile, Mauro Ottolini e tanti altri...


QUOTES

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

DOWNBEAT (USA)
“Now Italy has Carla Marciano, a powerful and passionate musician. She has developed a tick and broad tone as well as a fluid articulation and is equally at ease in a serene ballad, a brazen uptempo piece or an open improvisational flight.” Alain Drouot

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
“One of today's strongest female saxophonists. The force is in her sax-blood.” Mark F.Turner

CADENCE MAGAZINE (USA)
“She comunicates on a personal level, taking advantage of her beautiful tone quality to "sing" lyrically with genuine passion. She takes her liberal breaks with 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

JAZZIZ (USA)
“Marciano and her quartet have recorded a provocative and thrilling album. She employs just the right amount of vibrato and a balances strong spiritualty with visceral earthiness. Her serpentine improvisations are often exploratory and sometimes quite contemplative. Marciano excels also as a composer.” Hrayr Attarian

JAZZ TIMES (USA)
"The volcanic passion of the sound. It is the most faithful way to refer to the Italian saxophonist Carla Marciano. Away from the monotony of the jazz prevailing today where the stylistic variety is saturated with uniformity, the singing of Carla has passionate vocation, autonomy of free distinction." Gustavo Bustamante Mesa

JAZZ MONTHLY (USA)
“An incredible sax player... She has amazing “sax stamina” and incredible “saxability”. She is toast and the most of all Italy, one of the strongest sax player in the world and her music will truly ignite you!” Baldwin “Smitty” Smith

JAZZMAN (France)
“Italian jazz has gained an extremely talented saxophonist named Carla Marciano, who serves as a cultural exception in Italy, where there are few female jazz instrumentalists. She adds an out-of-the-ordinary strength of interpretation to her inspiration and advanced technique in contrast with in contrast with her apparent fragility.” Francisco Cruz

ITALIAN WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL (New York City, USA)
“Carla is the most talented female alto sax player in all history of Italian Jazz”. Enzo Capua

LOS ANGELES JAZZ SCENE (USA)
“A very skilled altoist from Italy who plays with consistent intensity, really pushing herself and her musicians to play at their most passionate. The results are quite exciting.” Scott Yanow

SLAGWERKKRANT (The Netherlands)
“I was just knocked out by someone that had Trane down so good and that was young and that was Italian. And I was also knocked out by her command of the horn.” Hugo Pinksterboer

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
“A wonderful album. One of the more exciting of the year. Enjoy!” Dave Sumner

CARDIFF JAZZ SOCIETY (UK)
“Carla is a profligate improviser and has a considerable technical ability that gives her control of both music and instrument Carla’s lyricism gleams through each tune and every track sounds like an established jazz classic. A superbly exciting album.“ Ken Cheetham

MUSICA JAZZ (Italia)
“La sua musica è impressionante per magnificenza tecnica e intuizione espressiva: costruzioni articolate,volute mozzafiato, controllo perfetto di un materiale incandescente... La prova della sassofonista è peraltro eccezionale. Un disco di notevole maturità.” Stefano Merighi

IRD (Italia)
“Ovunque Carla Marciano mette in mostra una voce strumentale che non può lasciare indifferenti: i suoi interventi solistici sono sempre incisivi, pensati e costruiti con precisi intendimenti espressivi. In Italia è lei la più autorevole personalità sassofonistica femminile.” Roberto Valentino

JAZZIT (Italia)
“La Marciano è sempre al limite delle possibilità dello strumento. La musica è potente, affascinante, profondamente meditativa e carica di tensione espressiva.” Chiara Giordano

JAZZ CONVENTION (Italia)
“La Marciano suona con un'energia senza pari, domina lo strumento e sa spingersi lontano grazie alle sue spiccate doti tecniche. Da entrambi gli strumenti riesce a tirare fuori un suono personalissimo, con un timbro ben preciso e carico di lirismo e procede a volte, con una velocità che fa tremare i polsi.“ Flavio Caprera

SUONO (Italia)
“Una musicista fra le più interessanti dell’intero panorama jazz italiano ed europeo (e non parlo solo al femminile, naturalmente…). La sua bravura con entrambi gli strumenti è tanto naturale quanto impressionante. La formazione è un “treno” che non perde colpi nella sua corsa” Sergio Spada

JAZZ MAGAZINE (Italia)
“Con una battuta un po'rozza si potrebbe dire che suona come un uomo, ma la sassofonista salernitana non ha bisogno di mettersi a confronto con i colleghi su queso piano.” Giulio Cancelliere

MUSIC ZOOM (Italia)
“La forza e l´energia della sassofonista salernitana suonano incredibili, difficilmente riscontrabili presso altre colleghe. Nel panorama del jazz italiano questo gruppo ha di sicuro un ruolo importante, ma anche a livello internazionale di sicuro non teme molti confronti sul genere.” Vittorio Lo Conte

DISCO CLUB (Italia)
“Carla Marciano” suona da signora assoluta del sax contralto e sopranino. Affiancata da un trio classico eccellente, Marciano sfodera una torrenziale capacità di fraseggio.” Guido Festinese

SOUND CONTEST (Italia)
“Carla Marciano esibisce una maestria e una potenza volumetrica, tecnica e sonora, da cui e’ impossibile non lasciarsi suggestionare.” Pietro Mazzone

JAZZ COLOURS (Italia)
“Carla Marciano si conferma compositrice ingegnosa e strumentista prodiga di improvvisazioni generose. Un disco che trasuda genuina passione.” Enzo Boddi

KATAWEB / MUSICA (Italia)
“Ribadiamo lo straordinario talento di questa giovane sassofonista campana, che imbraccia con eguale perizia il sax alto e il sopranino.” Vittorio Pio

MUSICA JAZZ (Italia)
“Bisogna ancora una volta sottolineare la genuinità della sua ispirazione, l’audacia del sound e delle dinamiche, la forza del suo fraseggio che porta a progressioni frenetiche e coinvolgenti.” Libero Farnè

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (Italia)
“I suoi assoli evidenziano sia la grande forza narrativa che un'energica voglia - a tratti furiosa - di mettersi in discussione in ogni passaggio, come se volesse spingere la musica sempre in avanti, rinnovandone di volta in volta confini e significati.” Roberto Paviglianiti

IL GIRO DEL JAZZ IN 80 DISCHI (Italia)
"La Marciano è un tripudio di energia del sassofono. Lo possiede, lo controlla, lo maneggia con destrezza, ne estrae cascate di note, lo valorizza nelle sonorità più piene e ridondanti. Si è parlato di “saxability” e le si potrebbe ricamare addosso il termine “saxspirituality”, per quelle timbricità tutte coltraniane che, ascoltate da una musicista, a dir poco sorprendono." Amedeo Furfaro

JAZZITALIA (Italia)
“Di certo c'è che questa giovane donna dalla straordinaria sensibilità, si appresta ad essere sempre più riconosciuta come un talento di caratura internazionale.” Massimiliano Cerreto

AUDIOPHILE SOUND (Italia)
“E non vi venga di prenderla per una delicata ed eterea presenza femminile nel mondo macho del jazz. Lei qui combatte ad armi pari.” Daniele Cecchini

ANIMA JAZZ (Italia)
“Uno straordinario "Uragano" di energia musicale, che trova nel profondo di se stessa le più vibranti intuizioni musicali abbinate ad una incredibile potenza e capacità espressiva. Per me, in definitiva e senza ombra di dubbio, la più grande sassofonista della storia del Jazz italiano.” Bruno Pollacci

HARTFORD COURANT (USA)
“As soon as Marciano began playing, the air in the room became charged by the volcanic force of her music. Surprisingly, she produced these mighty sounds also on the diminutive sopranino saxophone, an instrument rarely used in jazz.“ Chuck Obuchowski

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
“Carla's lyricism shines through every number like a lighthouse submerged under water of several streams. Her sax appears to be an extension of her body: not an artificial appendage, but a lively and expressive member.” Max Babi

CADENCE MAGAZINE (USA)
“Marciano's choice of tunes evolve quickly into a trance-like, spiritual realm where her instrument becomes the immediate means of expression for her feeling” Bill Donaldson

JAZZ MONTHLY (USA)
“Like a shot of espresso Carla Marciano Quartet serves up a punchy taste of the avant-garde, stirs it with the sounds of bebop, then simmers with longingly-romantic interludes.. An extraordinary album! Her maturity as an artist, both in composition and performance, will take your breath away on the tracks.” D.J. Fazio

JAZZ REVIEW MAGAZINE (USA)
“Marciano sets a tone that is both graceful and original. The compositions experiment within lush layers of transcending vibes that floats within a sea of spiritual certainty.” Cheryl Hughey




BIO and QUOTES - ENGLISH   


Carla Marciano is an Italian saxophonist and composer from Salerno, considered by the critics as one of the most talented new Italian musicians. She plays alto and sopranino saxophones with great passion and instinctivity and is appreciated for the deep energy, the particularly articulated phrasing and the unusual interpretative vein and sense of composition. Moreover she is numbered among the most notable jazz musicians using the sopranino saxophone, one of the least common of the saxophones in regular use today.

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

Then, for some years, she played in some Italian jazz festivals with the “Matera Concert Band” directed by Ettore Fioravanti.

"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 (the Bonandrinis' third label 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 Giovanni and Flavio Bonandrini's prestigious as well as historical Italian label (the DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE 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.
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.

In 2006 Carla Marciano introduced this CD in USA, performing, with her quartet, at three remarkable jazz festivals: the HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, the FIREHOUSE 12 Fall Jazz Series in New Haven and the "ITALIAN WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL" (produced by Italian Cultural Institute of New York) at the SYMPHONY SPACE THEATRE on Broadway in New York.
Moreover, she introduced the same project in Montenegro, performing at the "A TEMPO" INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL of MONTENEGRIN NATIONAL THEATRE in Podgorica.

"CHANGE OF MOOD" is the title of her third CD, released in 2008 once again by BLACK SAINT, before the Bonandrinis retired and their three labels were acquired by CAM JAZZ. This CD contains solely her original compositions and she leads the same quartet (A. La Corte - A. Vigorito - G. Fasano). The project confirms her aim to carry on with a coherent musical discourse having its own clear identity, shifting from involving passionate moments to more reflective ones.

Her fourth CD "STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS" was recently released by ALFA MUSIC, another highly esteemed Italian label. She is once again the leader of her usual quartet comprising of A. La Corte, A. Vigorito and G. Fasano. The CD contains solely her original compositions, except for an elaboration of the English traditional "God rest ye merry, gentlemen" by A. La Corte and was recorded live in the studio, with the musicians all playing in a single space, so as to create an emotional and filter-free music, which is as direct and uncompromising as possible.

On October 2013 and on November 2014 she introduced this CD in Russia performing, with her usual quartet, at numerous important theatres and jazz clubs, among which: the ESSE JAZZ CLUB in Moscow, the ENI JAZZ FESTIVAL at the PHILARMONIC HALL in Krasnoyarsk, the "GG JAZZ III" INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL at the MUSICAL THEATRE in Krasnodar, the EVER JAZZ CLUB in Yekaterinburg, the "MUZENERGO" INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL in Dubna, the HELICON JAZZ CLUB in Novokuznetsk, the PHILARMONIC HALL in Nizhny Tagil, the POBEDA CINEMA CENTER in Novosibirsk and others.

Carla Marciano has attracted attention from some of the most important international jazz magazines and websites, such as: DOWNBEAT (USA), JAZZIZ (USA), JAZZ TIMES (USA), CADENCE MAGAZINE (USA), ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA), MUSICA JAZZ (I), JAZZ IT (I), JAZZMAN (F), LOS ANGELES JAZZ SCENE (USA), JAZZ REVIEW (UK), JAZZ RU MAGAZINE (Russia), JAZZ REVIEW MAGAZINE (USA), JAZZ MAGAZINE (I), JAZZ MONTHLY (USA), SUONO (I), JAZZ CONVENTION (I), JAZZITALIA (I), MUSIC BOOM (I), KATAWEB/MUSICA (I), FIDELIO (H), CHITARRE (I), SLAGWERKKRANT (NL), just to name a few and her CDs have received extremely positive reviews.

She was a guest at the Italian TV programme "Sottovoce", broadcasted on the national television's channel RAI 1 and at others TV programmes broadcasted nationwide, as "Al Top Musica" and "Alta Fedeltà" on SAT 2000. Moreover, her music was broadcasted on numerous national and international radio channels, among which: RADIO 1 RAI, RADIO 3 RAI (Italy) - RTSI (Switzerland) - WRTC, WWUH, WPKN, WNUA, KLCC, WICN (USA) - SMOTH FM (UK) - BAYERN 2 RADIO, RADIO X Frankfurt (Deutschland) - JAZZ RADIO ARDIA Yogyacarta (Indonesia) - TAINTRADIO (Canada) - UN RADIO (Colombia) - and many others.

Her CD “A STRANGE DAY” was included in the prestigious American CADENCE MAGAZINE’s TOP TEN CDs' list for 2006.

On January 2013, her CD "STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS" gained a FIVE STARS review on the important Russian magazine JAZZ RU. Moreover it was awarded with the JAZZIT AWARD 2012 by the renowned Italian jazz magazine JAZZIT.

For some years Carla Marciano has been included in the TOP TEN list of the "Best Italian Talent" category of the TOP JAZZ, the critics' poll organized by the famous Italian magazine MUSICA JAZZ. Moreover, she was often mentioned among the best Italian saxophonists ("Reeds" category).

On June 2010 she was awarded with the PREMIO INTERNAZIONALE PRINCIPESSA SICHELGAITA and the medal by the PRESIDENCY of the SENATE of the ITALIAN REPUBLIC in the "Art" section.

On December 2013 Marciano was among the winners of the "best alto saxophonist" category (along with musicians of the caliber of Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, David Sanborn, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton) of the 35th ANNUAL JAZZ STATION AWARDS, conducted by the jazz historian, record producer and jazz educator & journalist Arnaldo DeSouteiro, member of JJA (Jazz Journalists Association), LAJS (Los Angeles Jazz Society) and voting member of Naras-Grammy.

On March 2012 she played at the PICCOLO TEATRO STREHLER in Milano, as special guest of the Civica Jazz Band directed by Enrico Intra.

Carla Marciano performed her music projects, with her quartet, in numerous and important international jazz festivals and clubs in Italy and abroad, among which:
"ITALIAN JAZZ GRAFFITI" PICCOLO TEATRO STREHLER, Milano - HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, Hartford (USA) - EUROPEAN JAZZ EXPO', Cagliari - CLUSONE JAZZ FESTIVAL - SYMPHONY SPACE THEATRE, New York (USA) - FIREHOUSE 12, New Haven (USA) - VICENZA JAZZ "New Conversations" - ISEO JAZZ - ESSE JAZZ CLUB, Moscow (Russia) (two editions) - “ENI JAZZ FESTIVAL” at PHILARMONIC HALL, Krasnoyarsk (Russia) - "GG JAZZ III" INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, Krasnodar (Russia) - EVER JAZZ CLUB, Yekaterinburg (Russia) - "MUZENERGO" INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, Dubna (Russia) - HELICON JAZZ CLUB, Novokuznetsk (Russia) - PHILARMONIC HALL, Nizhny Tagil (Russia) - POBEDA CINEMA CENTER, Novosibirsk (Russia) - MONTENEGRIN NATIONAL THEATRE, Podgorica (MONTENEGRO) - BOLZANO JAZZ "Jazz and Other" - VILLA CELIMONTANA JAZZ FESTIVAL, Roma (two editions) - ATELIER MUSICALE (with Cerri-Intra Double Trio), Milano - CASA DEL JAZZ, Roma (two editions) - ALEXANDERPLATZ JAZZ CLUB, Roma (many editions) - PIACENZA JAZZ FEST - FANO JAZZ BY THE SEA - LA PALMA, Roma - PINOCCHIO JAZZ CLUB, Firenze (two editions) - PORDENONE JAZZ KOINE' - BEAT ONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL, Bitonto - EDDIE LANG JAZZ FESTIVAL, Monteroduni - LA SOSTA/"JAZZMIN", Villa S.Giovanni (two editions) - ESPERANTO JAZZ FESTIVAL, Roma - DONNE IN JAZZ, Frascati (three editions) - BLUE BRASS (The Brass Group), Palermo - LUCCA JAZZ DONNA (three editions) - OKTOBER JAZZ, Benevento - OVER JAZZ, Salerno - INCONTRI INTERNAZIONALI DELLA MUSICA, Salerno - PAESAGGI SONORI (MT) - TEATRO COMUNALE REGINA MARGHERITA, Caltanissetta - GHEROARTE', Milano - POMIGLIANO JAZZ FESTIVAL (NA) - TOSCANA JAZZ FESTIVAL - NICK LA ROCCA JAZZ FESTIVAL - VIGGIANO JAZZ - FESTIVAL DELLE SERRE, Cerisano - WORLD MUSIC PROJECT Molise (with Tullio De Piscopo Project) - ECOJAZZ FESTIVAL, Reggio Calabria - SERRAVALLE JAZZ (PT) - CIRCOLO DEL JAZZ THELONIOUS, Trieste - and many others...

She occasionally played with:
Victor Bailey, Hiram Bullock, Bill Evans (sax), Franco Cerri, Enrico Intra, Tullio De Piscopo, Ernst Reijseger, Wolfgang Haffner, Ettore Fioravanti, Paco Sery, Massimo Manzi, Enzo Avitabile, Mauro Ottolini and many others...


QUOTES

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. The force is in her sax-blood.” Mark F.Turner

DOWNBEAT (USA)
“Now Italy has Carla Marciano, a powerful and passionate musician. She has developed a tick and broad tone as well as a fluid articulation and is equally at ease in a serene ballad, a brazen uptempo piece or an open improvisational flight.” Alain Drouot

CADENCE MAGAZINE (USA)
“She comunicates on a personal level, taking advantage of her beautiful tone quality to "sing" lyrically with genuine passion. She takes her liberal breaks with 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

JAZZIZ (USA)
“Marciano and her quartet have recorded a provocative and thrilling album. She employs just the right amount of vibrato and a balances strong spiritualty with visceral earthiness. Her serpentine improvisations are often exploratory and sometimes quite contemplative. Marciano excels also as a composer.” Hrayr Attarian

JAZZ TIMES (USA)
"The volcanic passion of the sound. It is the most faithful way to refer to the Italian saxophonist Carla Marciano. Away from the monotony of the jazz prevailing today where the stylistic variety is saturated with uniformity, the singing of Carla has passionate vocation, autonomy of free distinction." Gustavo Bustamante Mesa

JAZZ MONTHLY (USA)
“An incredible sax player... She has amazing “sax stamina” and incredible “saxability”. She is toast and the most of all Italy, one of the strongest sax player in the world and her music will truly ignite you!” Baldwin “Smitty” Smith

JAZZMAN (France)
“Italian jazz has gained an extremely talented saxophonist named Carla Marciano, who serves as a cultural exception in Italy, where there are few female jazz instrumentalists. She adds an out-of-the-ordinary strength of interpretation to her inspiration and advanced technique in contrast with in contrast with her apparent fragility.” Francisco Cruz

ITALIAN WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL (New York City, USA)
“Carla is the most talented female alto sax player in all history of Italian Jazz”. Enzo Capua

LOS ANGELES JAZZ SCENE (USA)
“A very skilled altoist from Italy who plays with consistent intensity, really pushing herself and her musicians to play at their most passionate. The results are quite exciting.” Scott Yanow

SLAGWERKKRANT (The Netherlands)
“I was just knocked out by someone that had Trane down so good and that was young and that was Italian. And I was also knocked out by her command of the horn.” Hugo Pinksterboer

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
“A wonderful album. One of the more exciting of the year. Enjoy!” Dave Sumner

HARTFORD COURANT (USA)
“As soon as Marciano began playing, the air in the room became charged by the volcanic force of her music. Surprisingly, she produced these mighty sounds also on the diminutive sopranino saxophone, an instrument rarely used in jazz.“ Chuck Obuchowski

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
“Carla's lyricism shines through every number like a lighthouse submerged under water of several streams. Her sax appears to be an extension of her body: not an artificial appendage, but a lively and expressive member.” Max Babi

CARDIFF JAZZ SOCIETY (UK)
“Carla is a profligate improviser and has a considerable technical ability that gives her control of both music and instrument Carla’s lyricism gleams through each tune and every track sounds like an established jazz classic. A superbly exciting album.“ Ken Cheetham

CADENCE MAGAZINE (USA)
“Marciano's choice of tunes evolve quickly into a trance-like, spiritual realm where her instrument becomes the immediate means of expression for her feeling” Bill Donaldson

JAZZ MONTHLY (USA)
“Like a shot of espresso Carla Marciano Quartet serves up a punchy taste of the avant-garde, stirs it with the sounds of bebop, then simmers with longingly-romantic interludes.. An extraordinary album! Her maturity as an artist, both in composition and performance, will take your breath away on the tracks.” D.J. Fazio

JAZZ REVIEW MAGAZINE (USA)
“Marciano sets a tone that is both graceful and original. The compositions experiment within lush layers of transcending vibes that floats within a sea of spiritual certainty.” Cheryl Hughey

MUSICA JAZZ (Italy)
“Her music is impressive for both its technical magnificence and its expressive intuition: articulated constructions: breathtaking volutes, the perfect control of an incandescent material... The saxophonist’s rehearsal is exceptional. This is a remarkably mature disc.” Stefano Merighi

IRD (Italy)
“Everywhere Carla Marciano displays an instrumental voice that cannot leave you indifferent: her soloist performances are always incisive, well-conceived and constructed by means of precise expressive meanings. In Italy, she is the most pre-eminent female saxophonist on the scene.” Roberto Valentino

JAZZIT (Italy)
“Marciano always pushes the instrument to its limits... The music is powerful, fascinating, deeply meditative and laden with expressive tension.” Chiara Giordano

SUONO (Italy)
“She is one of the most interesting musicians on the entire Italian and European jazz scene (and, naturally, I am not only speaking of female artists… )Her talent with both instruments is just as natural as it is incredible. The quartet formation is like a “train” that doesn’t miss a beat along its route.” Sergio Spada

JAZZ MAGAZINE (Italy)
“Roughly joking, one could say that she plays like a man, yet the saxophonist from Salerno doesn’t need to measure herself against her colleagues in this way.” Giulio Cancelliere

JAZZ CONVENTION (Italy)
“La Marciano suona con un'energia senza pari, domina lo strumento e sa spingersi lontano grazie alle sue spiccate doti tecniche. Da entrambi gli strumenti riesce a tirare fuori un suono personalissimo, con un timbro ben preciso e carico di lirismo e procede a volte, con una velocità che fa tremare i polsi.“ Flavio Caprera

MUSIC ZOOM (Italy)
“The strength and the energy coming from this saxophonist from Salerno sound incredible, skills which cannot be easily found in any of her colleagues. On the Italian jazz scenario, this group definitely plays a significant role, but also at an international level, they are certainly one of a kind.” Vittorio Lo Conte

DISCO CLUB (Italy)
“Carla Marciano performs as the leading lady contralto and sopranino saxophonist Accompanied by an excellent classic trio of musicians, Marciano unleashes a torrential geniality of the art of melodic phrasing.” Guido Festinese

SOUND CONTEST (Italy)
“Carla Marciano manages to make her own, by performing with mastery and a volumetric, technical, resonant power that is impossible not to let oneself be influenced by.” Pietro Mazzone

JAZZ COLOURS (Italy)
“Carla Marciano confirms her unique technical ability as an ingenious composer and instrumentalistwho is extravagant in performing lengthy improvisations... This is a CD oozing with genuine passion.” Enzo Boddi

KATAWEB / MUSICA (Italy)
“We reaffirm the extraordinary talent of this young saxophonist from the Campanian region of Italy , who embraces either the alto saxophone or the sopranino with equal skill.” Vittorio Pio

MUSICA JAZZ (Italy)
“Once again, it is necessary to underline the authenticity of her inspiration, the audacity of the sound and dynamics as well as the strength of her melodic phrasing which leads to frenetic and captivating progressions.” Libero Farnè

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (Italy)
“Her solo performances highlight both the great narrative strength together with a forceful – at times even furious desire – to put her musical expertise at stake during each passage, as if she would like to continuously thrust her music further and further forward, time after time creating new limits and meanings.” Roberto Paviglianiti

JAZZITALIA (Italy)
“ It is certain that this fine, extraordinarily sensitive young woman is getting ready to become increasingly recognised as an internationally famous artist.” Massimiliano Cerreto

AUDIOPHILE SOUND (Italy)
“E non vi venga di prenderla per una delicata ed eterea presenza femminile nel mondo macho del jazz. Lei qui combatte ad armi pari.” Daniele Cecchini

ANIMA JAZZ (Italy)
“An extraordinary "Hurricane" of musical energy that she finds deep down, the most vibrant musical intuitions combined with an incredible strength and expressive skills. For me, surely and without any doubt at all, she is the greatest female saxophonist of all times in the history of Italian jazz.” Bruno Pollacci