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 2002 by DDQ (the Bonandrinis' third label, with Black Saint and Soul Note). Thanks to this project she wished to pay 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, Giovanni and Flavio Bonandrini's prestigious as well as historical Italian label (the DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE critics poll's best label in the world, from 1984 to 1989), so much appreciated in USA