Born: October 8, 1977 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Marco de Tilla, neapolitan double-bass player, was born 1977, october the 8th.
He had his first approach with music when he was only seven years old, playing piano; then he got fun with electric bass before doing of music his life-style not less than a profession.
At the age of 18 years old he started playing double-bass and he takes lessons from Rino Zurzolo as his first teacher with him he affords double-bass classical and tecnicals studies for three years. Once he becomes reasonably skilled and confident with the instrument he skips to other great jazz teachers, whose names are Aldo Vigorito, Furio Di Castri, Piero Leveratto e Gianluigi Goglia. He takes part to many meetings and meets a lot of other musicians form all aver the word as Dave Holland, Larry Grenadier, Bruno Tommaso, Paul Jeffrey, Dick Oatts, Danilo Rea, Franco D'Andrea, Paolo Fresu, Maurizio Giammarco andmany others.
His concert career already starts in 1998 when he works with some new jazz bands and he performes with some local (neapolitan) orchestras: the Big Band from the Caserta city, the Tribunal Mist Jazz Band, and he also plays at the Caserta Royal Palace Theatre together with the Chicago Gospel, in San Leucio and in Praiano (all events shot from national TV channel, RETEQUATTRO), where he meets artists as big and renamed as Pietro Condorelli and Sergio Di Natale. He finally publishes his first two CDs.
In 2001 he follows lessons at the Ismez Institute (National Institute for the Musical Developement in South Italy) held by Francesco D'Errico and by Marco Sannini, thanks to which he does a great deal of seminars that contribuites hugly to his artistic growth. In this specific time he registers further three CDs with orchestral bands that well show progress and work of those months.
In 2002 he follows Dave Holland seminars at the Saint Louis School of Rome and those ones from Siena Jazz with Furio Di Castri e Piero Leveratto.
He registers, this time as author, his first CD A Little Present to which collaborate Francesco D'Errico, Giulio Martino, Roberto Schiano and Nicola De Luca and this work is published by label Splas(H) in 2003, with liner notes by Piero Leveratto, one of the most living significant double-bass player in Italy.
In july he does his first IS Jazz Ensemble concert at Giardini di Sisto V in Rome, with Paolo Fresu as special guest.
In 2003 the Marco de Tilla quartet wins the Salerno Music Doors competition, and Steve Grossman and some of the most remarkable campanian journalist are members of the jury. His work gets the first place and the critic reconnaissance.
He does then a Syrian tour con Francesco D'Errico and with the arab poet Adonis (candidate just the same year to the Nobel for the poetry).
He participates also to the Premio Carosone with Lorenzo Hengeller, set at the Arena Flegrea.
He plays at the Ottolenghi Palace in Asti with Enzo Orefice's J.P.Band and with Stefano Saccone, accompanying Nando Gazzolo's voice.
He holds a Sinfonic Jazz Concert at the Music Conservatory of Benevento, by a strings orchestra directed by M° Gabriele Bonolis.
He suddenly becomes from student one of the teachers of the Ismez Institute (National Institut for the Developement in the South Italy), keeping even his own seminaries.
In 2004 he enters as musician in the orchestra M. Nascimbene, directed by M° Roberto Pregadio.
Moreover, he takes part to Ravello Festival with Francesco D'Errico quartet, executing a live concert over the shoot of the mute film Nosferatu di F.W. Murnau and plays at Premio Napoli, set in the Teatro Augusteo in Naples and in Piazza Dante, concert that was on RAI UNO Channel, with Norma Winstone, Franco Battiato, Claudio Lugo and Marco Sannini, as special guests.
He also takes part, with Lorenzo Hengeller, to the orchestra in the tv programm Felicissima è la sera by Lino D'Angiò.
In the meanwhile, he goes on in his studies, entering the University of Music - Jazz Class - in the Conservatorio of S. Pietro a Majella in Naples, under the guide of M° Marco Sannini and M° Pietro Condorelli.
In 2005 he makes a new performance in the church of Pietà dei Turchini, based on an arrangement by Marco Sannini of Pergolesi's Salve Regina, again with Norma Winstone.
Furthermore, he plays with the J.P.Band in the Muses Teather of Ancona accompaning Michele Placido.
Renowned is his partecipation to some Campanian Festivals of Music: - Marechiaro Jazz Festival with Lorenzo Hengeller and Bruno De Filippi. - Teano Jazz with Alberto D'Anna's trio, preceeding Miroslav Vitous in the execution. - Pomigliano Jazz with Roberto Del Gaudio and Lorenzo Hengeller in Alla Faccia del Jazz. - Pomigliano Jazz with the IS Jazz Ensemble and with David Alan Gross, as special guest, immediately after Dave Holland Big Band and McCoy Tyner concerts. - Pertosa Jazz and Biennale dei Giovani Artisti del Mediterraneo with IS Jazz Ensemble, Paolo Innarella, as special guest. - Premio Carosone with Francesco D'Errico. - Notte Bianca in Naples with Roberto Del Gaudio and Lorenzo Hengeller, in Alla Faccia del Jazz.
The following october, he plays at Prishtina Jazz in Kossovo, on the occasion of the first festival since the end of the Balcan War, with Francesco D'Errico's Quartet.
He enters, in addition, the class of double-bass of M° Ermanno Calzolari at the Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella di Napoli.
He plays the role of the character of a musician in a TV fiction entitled La Squadra, on RAI TRE Channel.
He works for the last Nino D'Angelo's cd, entitled Il Ragù con la Guerra.
He records Slow Food Music 5, a CD by Francesco D'Errico with David Alan Gross, Marco Sannini and Peppe La Pusata.
He records last Lorenzo Hengeller cd Il Giovanotto Matto, with Bruno De Filippi, Annibale Guarino, Nicola Rando, Nicola De Luca, and other artists.
In 2006 he preformes some concerts together with Chuck Findley, one of the most renowned american trumpet players in the '70 '80 years, who played, on his side, with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Frank Sinatra, GRP All Star, Rolling Stones, Prince, Madonna, Earth Wind & Fire, ect..
One of the first executions in Italy of Holy Concerts by Duke Ellington, together with Cameristi del Teatro San Carlo, and Pietro Condorelli and Francesco Nastro sees his presence in the church of S.Giacomo degli Spagnoli.
Then, a new concert at the Royal Palace in Portici, music written by Marco Sannini and talking voice of Licia Maglietta.
He partecipates to the following jazz festivals: - Pomigliano Jazz Festival with IS Jazz Ensemble, and Don Moye (Art Ensemble of Chicago), Kirk Lithsey, as special guests. - Ravello Festival with Roberto Del Gaudio and Lorenzo Hengeller performing Alla Faccia del Jazz. - Dallo Showman allo Sciamano with Lorenzo Hengeller trio. - Festival delle Ville Vesuviane with Marco Sannini quartet playing over the mute film La Grande Sparata by Frank Capra. - Pertosa Jazz with Is Jazz Ensemble.
He gets the 2° place in the professional section at the competition Baronissi Jazz together with the Leonardo De Lorenzo trio.
He is again in the radio programm called Radio 3 Suite introduced by Pino Saulo with Lorenzo Hengeller quintet.
In 2007 Marco gets graduated (laurea in Jazz - 1st level) with the best result, at the Conservatorio S.Pietro a Majella di Napoli, discussing as graduation project the arrangement, the recording, and the mixing, editing and mastering of a cd dedicated to the italian contemporary jazz, entitled Suoni Italiani.
He also gets an Inferior Classical Double bass Diploma under the guide of M° Ermanno Calzolari at the Conservatorio S.Pietro a Majella in Naples.
He records the Cd Caterpillar by Valerio Virzo with guests Daniele Scannapieco, Giovanni Amato, Alberto Falco, Aldo Fucile, Giacomo Pedicini, edited by Itinera label (Pomigliano Jazz Festival).
He takes part to the Jazz Friends Jam concert with Valerio Virzo jazz quartet, where each week there are guests as Carlo Actis Dato, Paolo Innarella, Franco Coppola, Francesco D'Errico, Marco Sannini, Vincenzo Saetta, Carlo Lomanto, Dino Massa, Pippo Matino.
Additionally, he takes part to the following jazz festivals: - Marechiaro Jazz Winter at the Teatro Delle Palme with Lorenzo Hengeller. - Marechiaro Jazz Festival with Valerio Virzo quartet, special guest Iris Romen. - Marechiaro Jazz Festival with Antonella Loconsole. - Exhibition Cortili in Jazz with Pietro Condorelli quartet. - Festival delle Dolomiti Lucane with Band of Pietrapertosa headed by Pino Melfi, special guests Emanuele Cisi, Nico Gori, Marco Sannini, Peppe Barra. - Summertime Festival at the Casa del Jazz in Rome, with the Overtones. - Notte Bianca of S.Giorgio del Sannio, with Open Circle Project. - Fiano Jazz Festival with Luca Roseto strings ensemble. - Settembre sul Sagrato with Stefano Russo. - Festival di Villa Arbusto with Walter Ricci quintet. - Festival di Villa Arbusto with Neapolis in Fabula.
He records his second cd with Paolo Innarella, Pietro Condorelli, Leonardo De Lorenzo, and also a third one with Leonardo De Lorenzo, Vincenzo Saetta, Giulio Martino and Nicola Andrioli, both up for sale.
Marco finally moves off to Berlin where he still lives in search of new inspiration and in order to get new ideas for his music.
Today, Marco plays a bohemian handmade double bass of the beginning of past century provided by Luciano Bini from Cremona, and lent for concerts to important bass players as Eddie Gomez, Henry Grimes, Curtis Lundy, Giovanni Tommaso, Ares Tavolazzi, Piero Leveratto, Bruno Tommaso, Rosario Bonaccorso.
Tracks: Taceas, me spectes; Don't forget the poet; For those I never knew; Elena e il suo violino; Fellini; The tale of the black coat; Song for Shorter; Sale for love; Bella; Air song.
Personnel: Vincenzo Saetta: alto sax. Marco Sannini: trumpet. Nicola Andrioli: piano. Marco de Tilla: double bass. Leonardo De Lorenzo: drums. guests Iris Romen: voice. Enzo Orefice: keyboards. Pasquale Benincasa: percussions.
By The Waves
Tracks: Medley: Key / Once upon a time in America; Open heart; Funny man; Lighthouse; Nightlake; Stranatole; Viaggio di ritorno; Un pomeriggio d'autunno; Someone again.
Personnel: Paolo Innarella: tenor sax & flute. Pietro Condorelli: guitar. Marco de Tilla: double bass. Leonardo De Lorenzo: drums. guest Giulio Martino: soprano sax.
A Little Present
Tracks: A little present; Forest sun; Key; Love for sale; One of your tales; Mr.Wayne; Forest sun (quintet version).
Personnel: Giulio Martino: tenor & soprano sax. Francesco D'Errico: piano. Marco de Tilla: double bass. Nicola De Luca: drums. Roberto Schiano: trombone.
As A Side Musician
Neapolis In Fabula
Neapolis In Fabula
Notes From a Logbook
Slow Food Music 5
Il Giovanotto Matto
Il Ragù con la Guerra
IS Jazz Ensemble
IS Jazz Ensemble
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