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.
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)

As Leader: 1990/1 Silent Will - A.Marcelli (Verve/PolyGram/Polydor K.K.) with: Wayne Shorter, Allan Holdsworth, Bob Berg, Mike Stern, Mitchel Forman, John Patitucci and Alex Acuna 1992/5 Oneness - A.Marcelli (Verve/Polydor K.K. (Japan) and Lipstick Records) with: Ralph Towner, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Mainieri, Marc Johnson, Bendik, Kei Akagi, Gary Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Gary Willis, Mitchel Forman, Chuck Loeb, Sidinho and Frank Colon 2004/8 Beyond the Blue - A.Marcelli (Art of Life Records, USA/Canada - 55Records, Japan - BHM Music, Europa) with Mitchel Forman, Eddie Gomez, Bob Mintzer and Mike Stern 2009 Sundance - A. Marcelli (55 Records, Japan - Art of Life Records USA, Mp3) Thomas Clausen and Davide Petrocca As session-man 1990 It's not goodnight - Sid Jacobs trio (Rananah Records) with Dave Carpenter, dr/co Not released 1991 Mississippi Masala - L.Subramaniam (Columbia Tristar) soundtrack, drummer and programming, with Andy Summers, Freddie Ravel, Nyle Steiner, Emil Richards a.o. 1994 Etruschi (Sysin) composed the Soundtrack for CD-ROM interactive programme 1995 El suegno del navegante, Chema Vilchez (Mirlo Music,Spain) Producer/drummer Eric Marienthal,Alphonso Johnson,John Beasley,Steve Hunt,Gary Willis,Steve Tavaglione 1997 The Zone Various Artist, Including Andrea Marcelli "Amar na Areia" 1997 Sotti/Garzone/La Spina/Marcelli - not released 1998 Blue Moves (Lipstick Rec. (Various Artists incl.: Adam Holdzman & Metro) 1998 La naturaleza Sagrada de la Vida, Chema Vilchez (Antar) Co/producer 1999 Ola Forsell quartet - not released - with Billy Drews and Ed Schuller 1999 Four Trees - Fabrizio Mandolini/Paolo Russo Konservatory Copenhagen drums/prod 2000 Hermitage Collection exhibition at the Quirinale, Rome. Composer of the documentary's sountrack. 2000 Twilight Reflections - Mandolini(Konservatory Copenhagen) drummer/programming 2001 Their eyes, their smiles - Marco Carilli (Splasc(h) Rec. World series) drummer/producer. Featuring: Bob Mintzer, David Friedman and Eddie Gomez 2002 Markus/Hakala/Mandolini Konservatory Copenhagen, drummer/producer 2002 Good Bye Lenin - Wolfgang Becker (X Filme) soundtrack, drummer 2003 Carlo Morena qrt with Arild Andersen and Bob Mintzer TBR, drummer, 2003 Christmas magic - Christoph Schobesberger, drummer 2004 Alchemy - P.Russo (Splasc(h) Rec.World series) drummer, Bo Stief & F.Mandolini 2004 Smellodie - Valentin Gregor (Anjoke) with Woelk and Lillich, drummer 2004 La Spiga - F.Mandolini (Dodicilune D.) Palle Danielsson, B.Roupe` & P.Russo 2004 Songs, Chorals and Dances - Ekkehard Wölk trio w/ J.Fink Nabel Records 2005 Duality - Markus Stockhausen & Simon Stockhausen (Aktivraum)w/ Tara Bouman 2005 Utenos Drum Party for Tigris Agency in Lithuania, including Marcelli`s Tune "Tropical Dance" 2005 Ekkehard Wölk quintet "Desire for Spring" Splasch Records 2005 Tobias Relenberg/Patrick Farrand quartet "Distance to the Light" 2006 Ekkehard Wölk ensemble"Homage to Nino Rota" Splasch Records 2007 Greg Burk quartet "Berlin Bright" Soul Note 2008 Andreas Markus trio in Copenhagen with Thomas Clausen 2008 Andrea Marcelli trio "Sundance" 55Records Japan, MP3 Art of life records 2009 Jean Pierre Frohely trio - Tribute to Attila Zoller (To be released) 2009 Guilherme Vergueiro Intemporal/Timeless Vol. II Brazil (Live Los Angeles) 2009 Riccardo Manzi - Humus Romanesco (To be released) 2011 Ekkehard Wölk trio - The Berlin Album (Jazzwerkstatt) Jan 28th 2011 Selected music library discography Andrea Marcelli: Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Performing: Drums, Clarinet, Percussion & all Keyboards programming 1987: Paris Dakkar - Andrea Marcelli (Flippermusic Srl) LP 1988: Nature is Life - Andrea Marcelli (Flippermusic /Primrose /Fonit Cetra) PRCD 026. 1989: Nuovo Repertorio Editoriale - Andrea Marcelli Novita` RAI (Nuova Fonit Cetra) LP 1993: City Images, Inner City Adventure - Andrea Marcelli (Flippermusic/Primrose) PRCD 068 1994: Themes Collection I - Andrea Marcelli & Various Artists Flippermusic/Primrose) PRCD 070 1995: The Primrose Music Bank - Andrea Marcelli & Various Artists Flippermusic/Primrose) PRCD 080 . 1996: Brazilian Colors - Andrea Marcelli Flippermusic/Primrose) PRCD 086 1998: Sacred Moments Various Artists (Flippermusic/Primrose) PRCD 121

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

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