She comunicates on a personal level, taking advantage of her beautiful tone quality to “sing” lyrically with genuine passion and a powerful force, absorbing all the energy from the room and channeling it into an open space as would the eruption of a volcano.”
(Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine)
“A marvelous saxophonist and improviser, consistently demonstrating impressive control of her instruments and her material.”
(David Franklin, Jazz Times)
“Italy has Carla Marciano, a powerful and passionate musician with a thick and broad tone as well as a fluid articulation.”
(Alain Drouot, DownBeat)
“One of today’s strongest female saxophonists. The force is in her sax-blood.”
(Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz)
“An extremely talented saxophonist. She adds an out-of-the-ordinary strength of interpretation to her inspiration and advanced technique.”
(Francisco Cruz, Jazzman)
“A very skilled saxophonist from Italy who plays always with consistent intensity.“
(Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene)
“Carla is the most talented female alto sax player in all history of Italian jazz”.
(Enzo Capua, Italian Women in Jazz)
” Her passionate saxophone refreshes like a blast of chilled air and balances strong spirituality with visceral earthiness. She excels also as a composer. “
(Hrayr Attarian, Jazziz)
“Her music is impressive for both its technical magnificence and its expressive intuition“
(Stefano Merighi, Musica Jazz)
“Her talent with both instruments is just as natural as it is incredible”.
(Sergio Spada, Suono)
Carla Marciano is an Italian saxophonist and composer considered by specialized critics among the best talents of European jazz and one of today’s strongest female saxophonists. She is an alto saxophone specialist, appreciated for her great passion and energy, her strong expressiveness, her advanced technique as well as her distinctive performing and compositional streak.
She is also one of the leading experts of the rarely-used and hard-to-master sopranino saxophone. She is graduated in clarinet from the Conservatory of Music in her hometown, Salerno. Marciano has performed with her quartet in major%national and international jazz festivals and clubs around the world.
She also has a few tours in America and Russia under her belt.” TRANE’S GROOVE” (with Alessandro La Corte – piano, Aldo Vigorito and Dario Deidda – bass, Donato Cimaglia – drums) is the title of her first CD, released in 2003 by DDQ – DISCHI DELLA QUERCIA (one of the three famous Bonandrini-owned labels, along with Black Saint and Soul Note). Through this project, she paid homage to the great John Coltrane, with original compositions and a few standard ones, exploring and re-examining his instrumental language with particular attention to his modal period.
Her second CD, “A STRANGE DAY”, was released in 2005 by BLACK SAINT, the prestigious and legendary label run by Bonandrini (the best label in the world from 1984 to 1989, according to the DownBeat critics poll), highly appreciated in the USA. Few Italian musicians have recorded for this label and Carla Marciano is one of them, along with giants of the caliber of Max Roach, Archie Sheep, Steve Lacy, Charlie Haden, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Lester Bowie, Art Farmer, Dewey Redman, just to name a few.
With this project and the collaboration of Alessandro La Corte on piano, Aldo Vigorito on bass, and Gaetano Fasano on drums, she has developed a personal proposal, mainly through her original compositions. With a precise underlying concept, the quartet proposes passionate and instinctive music, at times impetuous and vehement, and at different times characterized by spiritual atmospheres and moments of meditation and reflection.You pass from modal pieces, which are the ideal ground to express liberty of phrasing that often pushes on to extreme harmonic solutions, to soft and seductive ballads.
” CHANGE OF MOOD” is the title of her third CD, released in 2008 once again by BLACK SAINT, before the Bonandrinis retired and their three labels were acquired by the Italian label CAM JAZZ. This CD solely contains her original compositions, with Marciano leading her usual quartet (featuring La Corte, Vigorito, and Fasano). The project confirms her aim to carry on with a coherent musical project having a clear identity, shifting from passionate moments to more pensive ones. Her fourth CD “STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS” was recorded live in the studio with the musicians all playing in a single space, to create a piece of emotional and filter-free music, which is as direct and uncompromising as possible. The album was released by the Italian label ALFA MUSIC; once again, she is the leader of her usual quartet. The CD only features her original compositions, except for an elaboration of the traditional English song “God rest ye merry, gentlemen” by La Corte.
Her new CD “PSYCHOSIS – Homage to Bernard Herrmann” was recently released by the prestigious Dutch label CHALLENGE RECORDS. It is a homage to one of the greatest geniuses of film score, the composer and conductor Bernard Herrmann. Marciano arranges, re-elaborates and adapts, for her stable jazz quartet, some of Herrmann’s best-known themes from outstanding soundtracks he wrote for equally outstanding films, all psychological thrillers – hence the title Psychosis – by brilliant directors, including “Marnie”, “Psycho” and “Vertigo” by Alfred Hitchcock, “Taxi Driver” by Martin Scorsese and “Twisted Nerve” by Roy Boulting. Originally conceived for orchestras, the tracks in this album are arranged in respect of the original melodies, while also creating new improvisational spaces that allow the quartet to maintain its own identity. The album also contains an additional track dedicated to another great genius of film score, John Williams, who wrote the soundtrack for the famous movie saga “Harry Potter”, whose main theme is arranged by Alessandro La Corte.
Marciano has attracted attention from the most important international jazz magazines (DownBeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz, Musica Jazz, Jazzman, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Jazz Review, Jazz Ru, JazzIt, just to name a few). Her CDs have received extremely positive reviews. Furthermore, she has been a guest on numerous national and international radio and TV programs (USA, Russia, England, Germany, Switzerland, India, Indonesia, Canada, Colombia, etc.) Her CD “A strange day” was included in the prestigious American Cadence Magazine’s Top Ten CDs list for 2006.
In 2013, her CD “Stream of consciousness” obtained a five-star review in the renowned Russian magazine Jazz Ru. The album was also given the JazzIt Award 2012 by the well-known Italian jazz magazine JazzIt. For a few years, Carla Marciano has been included in the Top Ten list of the “Best Italian Talent” category of Top Jazz, the critics’ poll conducted by the renowned Italian magazine Musica Jazz. Furthermore, she has often been mentioned among the best Italian saxophonists (“Reeds” category). For some years, she has also been included among the best Italian saxophonists in the readers’ poll of the aforementioned magazine JazzIt. In June 2010 she was awarded the Premio Internazionale Principessa Sichelgaita and the medal by the Presidency of the Senate of the Italian Republic in the “Art” section.
In 2013, Marciano was among the winners of the “Best Alto Saxophonist” category (along with great musicians of the caliber of Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, David Sanborn, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton) of the 35th Annual Jazz Station Awards, conducted by the jazz historian, record producer, and jazz educator & journalist Arnaldo DeSouteiro, member of JJA (Jazz Journalists Association), LAJS (Los Angeles Jazz Society) and a voting member of Naras-Grammy. She has occasionally played with: Victor Bailey, Paco Sery, Hiram Bullock, Franco Cerri, Enrico Intra, Tullio De Piscopo, Ernst Reijseger, Gerald Cannon, and many others.