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) 2 cds as a leader praised by numerous magazines/journalists/websites in The UK , USA, Austria,Germany, Canada & Belgium. Live performances at clubs & festivals in Austria, The UK, Switzerland and Spain recieved critical acclaim.
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The drummer’s undoubted ‘way with a groove’ helps to push the soloists to new heights on a set of compositions that stir other elements, notably from Africa and Brazil, into the broadly fusion-esque style. There’s jazz, rock, funk and blues too, and it makes for a fascinating and beguiling mix. A very energising and satisfying listen. www.thejazzmann.com Nov 2020
Robert Castelli/Boom Quartet Live at Porgy & Bess
An unqualified, unimpeded parade of joyous song & motion!
Willing to teach
Various clinics/workshops on groove & independence.
Next one 27 June ´09