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Andrea Marcelli

Andrea Marcelli born in Rome, in 01/22/1962, naturalized US citizen.
Graduated from the L. Refice Conservatory in Frosinone (Rome) in classical clarinet, jazz composition and arrangement (1986), also attended clinics with Tommy Campbell, Peter Erskine and Steve Gadd. Worked as featured drummer for RAI Television from 1982 to 1989. Moved to USA in 1989 spending 8 years in Los Angeles and 4 in New York. During this period lead an active musical life performing live and/or recording with Wayne Shorter, Allan Holdsworth, Bob Mintzer, Mitchel Forman, Eddie Gomez, Mike Stern, Don Menza, Ralph Towner, Marc Johnson, Mike Mainieri, Gary Thomas, Alan Pasqua, Gary Willis, Chuck Loeb, Bendik, Kei Akagi, Jeff Andrews, Rick Margitza, Billy Drews, David Liebman, Steve Tavaglione,

Airto,Alex Acuna, Cameron Brown, Steve La Spina,John Patitucci, Harvie Swartz, Bob Berg, Eric Marienthal, Frank Gambale, Alphonso Johnson, John Beasley, Andy Summers, Harold Land, Rez Abbasi, John Leftwich, Hiram Bullock, Jeff Berlin, Michael Manring, Jon Hassell& others.
Andrea recorded two acclaimed CDs with his original compositions: "Silent Will" (Verve/PolyGram and Polydor K.K.) and "Oneness"(Verve/Polydor K.K. and Lipstick Rec.)
Since 2001 Andrea is resident in Berlin. Performed on the film "Good bye Lenin".
Collaborated with the Rhythmyc Conservatory of Copenhagen recording and producing several projects, also touring Scandinavia with Aviaja Lumholt and Denmark with Paolo Russo/Bo Stief Alchemy. Performed with his band for the Foreign Minister of Germany.
In 2002 won two awards at the Berlin Jazz and Blues Awards. Recorded and/or performed with: Markus Stockhausen, Simon Stockahausen, Palle Danielsson, Arild Andersen, Ekkehard Woelk, David Friedman, Chema Vilchez, Giacomo Aula, Bjarne Roupe, Klavs Hovman and others. Performed also in England, France, Spain, touring also Italy and Germany several times

Recorded in New York his third CD "Beyond the Blue" (2005) released in USA and Canada by Art of Life Records and in Japan by 55Records) withMike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Mitchel Forman,Eddie Gomez

Andrea Marcelli plays:
Daila drums, Vic Firth sticks, Sabian Cymbalsand Latin Percussion

Top 10 Jazz CDs of 1991 (#8) for Tower Records' Pulse

Top 20 Jazz/Fusion New Releases, Ad Lib (Japan) - 1990

Among the Top Jazz Picks of 1991 for Jazziz Magazine

Guitar World Critics' Choice, New Releases - April 1992

Radio 1 Nacional de Espana - Best JazzCD 1996 (El sueno...Chema Vilchez)

2 Prizes at the Berlin Jazz and Blues Awards 2002 (w/Gregor/Woelk)

Among theTop 5 Jazz CD of 2004 in Denmark, Alchemy (with Paolo Russo)


"Andrea Marcelli's music is vibrant and thought-provoking as today's events. Andrea is such a chameleon. When I first heard his music, it struck me that he played drums, clarinet, percussion, keyboards, and composed in a variety of styles that defied classification, moreover, his display of sensitivity and creative approach to the work produced."- Wayne Shorter

"He is dedicate and passionate, I like that in a musician. I liked very much Andrea as musician and composer and I liked his musical project." - Interview (Chitarre) - Allan Holdsworth

"Simply stunning." (Silent Will) - Bill Milkowski (Guitar World choice for New Release, April 1992)

"Among the notables of a musical generation adept to acoustic technique and electronic innovation are Max Roach, Bill Bruford, Chad Wackerman and Andrea Marcelli". Indeed [Silent Will] is one of the most impressive and ambitious instrumental debut of recent years." - Chris Hoard (Jazziz - The art of drumming)

"The themes and instrumental colors seem made for each other, more like painting than a string of jazz solos." - Owen Cordles (Jazz Times)

"Made in Italy" emerges also in the field of Jazz. Silent Will is the proof. A music thick of colors tenuous and aggressive following a logic of voyages elegant and intense, sophisticated and solid, sparkling and deep. Marcelli is a sort of young Missoni of Jazz, he is able to immerse the compositive texture in a multitude of colors blended wonderfully each other creating harmonious drawings. A superb work produced with care and intelligence. "Made in Italy" emerges not only in the fashion's field." - Mario Luzzi (Rockstar)

"Terrific debut...essential listening!" AMG Pick **** - Paul Kohler (AMG Web Site)

"This ambitious project is first-rate ***1/2" - Robin Tolleson (Down Beat)

"Hats off to determination and talent." - Ken Micallef (Modern Drummer)

"What gives the album more than just peculiar interest as a meeting of the mighty is Marcelli's solid writing. Therein lies the moral of the story: what the jazz world needs now is more solid writing. Players will follow." - Josef Woodard (Jazziz)

"Strong and passionate, Silent Will is a very impressive first release, it is definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys strong jazz compositions combined with driving and energetic playing." - Clare Davis (Contemporary Jazz Review)

"The only Italian musician in decades of Jazz who has been able to break our isolation and be successful in America as well." - Gianfranco Salvatore (Fare Musica)

Max Roach, Andrea Marcelli - Jazz Pick of the week "Drums and drummers: explore the once-and-future this week,... Marcelli who seems to have learned from the Roach approach to polyrhythmic textures... the title track, thick with nearly lyrical tom-tom and cymbal color."- Bill Kohlhaase (L.A. Weekly)

"Drummer Andrea Marcelli has created a unique and inventive product in his disc entitled Oneness. The most fascinating and unusual song on the CD is "The Dance of the Soul" which is a showcase for the leader's skill andability on clarinet. Marcelli is an extremely sensitive and lyrical woodwind player who utilizes the instrument to its maximum potential." - Mal Sands (L.A.Jazz Scene)

" ...a memorable crew ... highlights include the clarinet/percussion fantasia of "The Dance of the Soul" and the lovely clarinet/piano duet of "Clouds." - Jazz Reviews (Billboard)

"Andrea Marcelli's new CD "Oneness" was just released ... hats off! - News (Percussioni)

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