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. I like to learn. His music & playing have been written about in the NY Times online(..99), Cadence magazine(..00), Jazz Halo Belgium(..01&08), Drums & Percussion De.(..06 & 09), Drums Etc. Canada (..06&..08) Concerto magazine Austria(..08), Jazzwise Magazine London (..08) Drummer Mag UK (Oct,..08)
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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“
Willing to teach
Various clinics/workshops on groove & independence.
Next one 27 June ´09