Andrea Marcelli

Primary Instrument: Drums

Andrea Marcelli

Andrea Marcelli: born in Rome, Italy.

During his career he performed in USA, Japan, India, Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tunisia, Italy, Germany, England, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Estonia, France, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Lebanon and others. More than 190 of his compositions have been recorded in CD. Two of his compositions have been included on both the “European Real Book” and “The Digital Real Book part 2” by

Graduated in 1986 from the L. Refice Conservatory in Frosinone (Rome) in Classical Clarinet, Jazz Composition and Arrangement. He also attended clinics with Tommy Campbell, Peter Erskine and others. ...
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Top 10 Jazz CDs of 1991 (#8) for Tower Records' PULSE Top 20 Jazz/Fusion New Released sales, Ad Lib Japan Among the Top Jazz Picks of 1991 for Jazziz Magazine Guitar World Critic's Choise new releases 4/1992. "El sueno del navegante" best Jazz CD of 1996 at Radio 1 Spain (Producer and performer) Paolo Russo "Alchemy" top best 5 Jazz CD of 2004 in Denmark. 2002 won two awards at the Berlin Jazz and Blues Awards.
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Featured recording “Beyond the Blue”

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Beyond the Blue

Art of Life Records (2005)

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Wayne Shorter wrote: “Andrea Marcelli's music is vibrant and thought-provoking as today's events. Andrea is such a chameleon. When I first heard his music, it struck me that he played drums, clarinet, percussion, keyboards, and composed in a variety of styles that defied classification, moreover, his display of sensitivity and creative approach to the work produced.”

- Allan Holdsworth Interview (Chitarre): ”He is dedicate and passionate, I like that in a musician. I liked very much Andrea as musician and composer and I liked his musical project.”

John Kelman (, February 2005) ....Marcelli's compositions transcend simple melody, transporting the listener to places known and unknown, eliciting hidden emotions... Beyond the Blue represents something of a quantum leap for Marcelli as a player, but more notably as a writer. There's a maturity of concept, a clarity of vision, that makes Beyond the Blue something of a watershed for Marcelli....

“Simply stunning.” (Silent Will) - Bill Milkowski (Guitar World choice for New Release, April 1992)

“Among the notables of a musical generation adept to acoustic technique and electronic innovation are Max Roach, Bill Bruford, Chad Wackerman and Andrea Marcelli”. Indeed [Silent Will] is one of the most impressive and ambitious instrumental debut of recent years.” - Chris Hoard (Jazziz - The art of drumming)

“The themes and instrumental colors seem made for each other, more like painting than a string of jazz solos.” - Owen Cordles (Jazz Times)

“Made in Italy” emerges also in the field of Jazz. Silent Will is the proof. A music thick of colors tenuous and aggressive following a logic of voyages elegant and intense, sophisticated and solid, sparkling and deep. Marcelli is a sort of young Missoni of Jazz, he is able to immerse the compositive texture in a multitude of colors blended wonderfully each other creating harmonious drawings. A superb work produced with care and intelligence. “Made in Italy” emerges not only in the fashion's field.” - Mario Luzzi (Rockstar)

“Terrific debut...essential listening!” AMG Pick **** - Paul Kohler (AMG Web Site)

“This ambitious project is first-rate ***1/2” - Robin Tolleson (Down Beat)

“Hats off to determination and talent.” - Ken Micallef (Modern Drummer)

“What gives the album more than just peculiar interest as a meeting of the mighty is Marcelli's solid writing. Therein lies the moral of the story: what the jazz world needs now is more solid writing. Players will follow.” - Josef Woodard (Jazziz)

“Strong and passionate, Silent Will is a very impressive first release, it is definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys strong jazz compositions combined with driving and energetic playing.” - Clare Davis (Contemporary Jazz Review)

“The only Italian musician in decades of Jazz who has been able to break our isolation and be successful in America as well.” - Gianfranco Salvatore (Fare Musica)

Max Roach, Andrea Marcelli - Jazz Pick of the week “Drums and drummers: explore the once-and-future this week,... Marcelli who seems to have learned from the Roach approach to polyrhythmic textures... the title track, thick with nearly lyrical tom-tom and cymbal color.”- Bill Kohlhaase (L.A. Weekly)

“Drummer Andrea Marcelli has created a unique and inventive product in his disc entitled Oneness. The most fascinating and unusual song on the CD is “The Dance of the Soul” which is a showcase for the leader's skill andability on clarinet. Marcelli is an extremely sensitive and lyrical woodwind player who utilizes the instrument to its maximum potential.” - Mal Sands (L.A.Jazz Scene)

“ ...a memorable crew ... highlights include the clarinet/percussion fantasia of “The Dance of the Soul” and the lovely clarinet/piano duet of “Clouds.” - Jazz Reviews (Billboard)

“Andrea Marcelli's new CD “Oneness” was just released ... hats off! - News (Percussioni)

A really exciting project [Oneness] is a must for your CD collection. Congratulations Andrea! Performance: 10/10 ! - Emanuele Luzzi (Suono)

Drums: Daila and Gretsch Sticks: Vic Firth Cymbals: Sabian and Old Zanki Latin Percussion Clarinet: Buffet
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