“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.