Robert Castelli

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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: April    

Robert Castelli

Robert Castelli was born in Ossining, NY. Famous for Peter Falk(Columbo), Sonny Sharrock & Sing Sing Prison! His Grandfather played drums & his Father & 1 Uncle were pros in NYC from the..40s-..80s. First time on stage at 8 yrs old, playing for a visiting African Diplomat. “I played claves”. He studied music at SUNY New Paltz, NY, Westchester Conservatory of Music, & Drummers Collective. Specifically Drums/Perc.Marimba, Guitar,Piano & Composition. He has played &/or recorded with well known & up & coming Artists in just about every style (Pop, Rock,Funk,Jazz,Latin,World, Musical Theater etc..)in the USA & Europe, from small clubs to small Stadiums...
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New Reviews

“Robert Castelli/Boom Quartet Live at Porgy & Bess” (April 2010)

“An unqualified, unimpeded parade of joyous song & motion!” T. Bruce Wittet, Editor in Chief Muzik Etc, Drums Etc magazines www.tbrucewittet.comCanada Nov 2010

”This is jazz that dances. The interaction, the improvisation & the bop are stuff of jazz night clubs, while the folkloric forms are alive & vibrant. Consistantly joyful!” Halley Southgate, People Will Talk Media Scotland Nov 2010

Brecon Jazz Fest Aug 2010

“ A thoroughly enjoyable set brought to a rousing finale w/Castelli´s infectious piece `African Dance“. Good stuff!“ Ian Mann

Robert Castelli/Boom Quartet (April 2008) UK Press & Reviews

…”mixes witty melodies with tough swing and nasty funk”. Time Out London June ´09

“A feast of styles, from World Music to tasteful brushwork” Rhythm Magazine UK June ´09

“massive energy!” Lee Paterson, March ´09

“solid groove. Tasteful playing. (Buy it) . Brent Keefe, Drummer Mag UK Oct `08

“funky, gutsy Jazz/Funk”….. Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise London August `08

“..Amazing!” London Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon

International Press & Reviews

“This isn’t smoothed out Los Angeles funk; this is get-down, get-greasy and get-dirty music that's still delivered with finesse and invention”…….John Kelman (Canada), Feb. `09

“fine arrangements & inspired soloing”. Drums & Percussion Magazine (Germany). March ´09

“Solid grooves and wonderful texture make this a must have album from incredible drummer RobertCastelli.” (USA)Nov `08

“powerful groove, exciting sounds. Castelli has a bright future!” Alfred Kondraf Concerto Magazine (Vienna) August ´08

“Castelli is a rare drummer, & rarely have there been such solid grooves, imaginative solos, and lush sonic textures since Steve Kahn’s Eyewitness”....T. Bruce Wittet Editor in Chief, Drums Etc (Canada), Associate Editor, Muzik Etc (Canada), staff writer Modern Drummer magazine (USA). April ´08

...exciting, groovy and funky jazz. The cohesion of this band is exceptional. Castelli is a rhythm machine ....Jos Demol, Jazz’halo & Jazz!Brugge (Belgium) March ´08

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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Various clinics/workshops on groove & independence. Next one 27 June ´09

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Featured recording “Robert Castelli Boom Quartet”

Robert Castelli Boom Quartet

Self Produced (2008)
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