Carmen Marsico

“Carmen has a beautiful voice with a distinct sound and style… definitely unique! Her beautiful tone of which she has a superb command lends itself to challenging music that most singers could not perform successfully.”

- Lisa Thorson
Vocalist, composer and associate professor at Berklee College of Music

Italian vocalist and composer Carmen Marsico is an active performer in the New England area. She currently leads her own quintet performing her compositions and jazz standards originally arranged. Her music uniquely blends her Italian tradition with contemporary jazz and Brazilian music. Leading her own quintet in 2003, after graduating from Berklee College of Music with magna cum laude, Carmen recorded her debut CD 'Sogno' which has received excellent reviews in jazz magazines such as All About Jazz and Cadence Magazine.

Who made Carmen discover jazz and push her to pursue it was jazz vocalist Lilian Terry (recordings with Dizzie Gillespie, Tommie Flanagan) with whom she studied with for almost two years. After only two months of studying jazz, she was chosen to be the singer of Little Town Jazz Band, a big band directed by trumpet player Maurizio Scomparin (Claudio Roditi, Kenny Wheeler, Claudio Fasoli), and started performing in several different theatres in the north east of Italy as well as touring in Europe. Meanwhile, Carmen attended jazz workshops organized by Manhattan School of Music where she worked with great performers and mentors like Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Vivian Lord- Alge, Cameron Brown, Vic Juris, Harvie Swartz and Eliot Zigmund.

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  • Sogno by Michael P. Gladstone
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Cadence Magazine February 2006 CD Review by Jerome Wilson Static, Bjorn Wennas

...Carmen Marsico carving out a rough beat on “Song 2”...“Ruby My Dear”.. is a delicate duet for Wennas’careful picking and Marsico’s strong but delicate voice.

FALUKURIREN September 9, 2005 Arts & Entertainment Static, Bjorn Wennas

Carmen Marsico...whose voice is often used as an instrument...Carmen Marsico’s version of Monk’s “Ruby My Dear” accompanied by Wennås’ tasty guitar is a standout.

AMG all music guide Summer 2005 CD Review by Scott Yanow Static, Bjorn Wennas

...The opening “Song 2” features some impressive wordless vocalizing by Carmen Marsico in the ensembles...”Ruby My Dear” (a duet between Marsico's voice and the leader's guitar)..unique...it is the five selections that include Marsico and/or Grenadier..that are most exciting and adventurous

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Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

Boston

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Carmen is a graduate from Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. She also completed the Somatic VoiceworkTM Level I and II. Carmen Teaches Privately in her home studio in Jamaica Plain, MA. She is also voice faculty at Noble and Greenough School as well as Sharon Music Academy.

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Discography

Static

Static

Beartones
2005

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Sogno

Sogno

Beartones
2004

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Sogno

Sogno

Beartones
2003

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