Carla Marciano is an Italian saxophonist and composer from Salerno considered by specialized critics among the best talents of European jazz. She is an alto saxophone specialist, appreciated for her great passion and energy, her strong expressiveness, her advanced tecnique as well as her distinctive performative and compositional streak. She is also one of the leading experts of the rarely used and hard to master sopranino saxophone. She has performed her music projects, with her quartet, around the world at a lot of prestigious international jazz festivals, theaters and clubs as well as at most of the major Italian jazz festivals and clubs and she has under her belt some tours in America and in Russia.
She started studying music first playing the piano and then the alto saxophone and she graduated in clarinet from the Conservatory of Music in Salerno.
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 2003 by DDQ - DISCHI DELLA QUERCIA (one of the three Bonandrinis' famous labels together with Black Saint and Soul Note). Thanks to this project she paid 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, the Bonandrini's prestigious as well as legendary label (the DownBeat critics poll's best label in the world, from 1984 to 1989), so much appreciated in USA