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Marco Castelli


Marco Castelli, is one of the most talented italian sax players, with a briliant and prolific carrer with a broad artistic activity. In his long career he has travelled without prejudice across many different musical languages, highlighting the qualities present in each form of expression and always pursuing a very personal sound, free of cliches but rich in emotions and atmospheres.

Beside writing and performing jazz music, he’s a conductor of orchestra and a composer for theatre and modern ballet, and, as a sound designer, he has creatively interacted with various media: poetry, video art, visual arts.

He has partecipated in international jazz festivals like Singapore Art Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Boemia Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Atene Jazz, San Sebastian collaborating with a lot of prestigious artists like Lee Konitz, Markus Stockhausen, Philip Catherine and many others.

Marco Castelli has brought his music all over the world: Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Senegal, Tanzania, Morocco, Tunisia, Jamaica, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Israel, Jordan, Danmarc, Venezuela, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Lithuania, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Croazia, Slovenia, Romania, Ceck Republic, Albania.


Marco Castelli Quartet, toghether with Ermanno Signorelli (guit.) Raffaelo Pareti (cb) and Mauro Beggio (drums). The Marco Castelli quartet finds its natural collocation between the best European jazz tradition and the Mediterranean music influence. DMA, which has appeared in numerous important international jazz festivals. The DMA’s music uniquely blends jazz, hip-hop, funk and word music.


BandOrkestra.55, is a “Modern Popular Band” gathering 14 musicians playing a repertoire that moves freely between latin, swing, boogie, ska and ethnic music, with both original compositions and standards.


Marco Castelli Small Ensemble flexibly ranges from solo to numerous ensembles, according to the nature of its performances. It takes part to theatre and dance performances, music ambiences, music for video art, multimedia events and sax solo+live electronics concerts. Especially important is the collaboration with the Company ‘Il Posto’ with the great success of the performances of Vertical Dance.


Furthermore, he has worked toghether and performed with:

Philip Catherine, Lee Konitz, Pietro Tonolo, Luis Agudo, Marcus Stockhausen, Enrico Rava, Ares Tavolazzi, Rudy Linka, Mark Abrams, The Traditional Jazz Studio of Prague, Gianluca Mosole, Paolo Birro, The Keptorchestra, Ines Reiger, Frantisek Uhlir, Rudy Engel, Marco Lakner, Florian Brambock, Darko Jurkovic, Lojze Krajcan, Michael Erian,Cheryl Porter, Peter Lipa, Massimo Manzi, Tolo Marton, Sandro Gibellini, Marco Tamburini, Roberto Rossi, Mauro Beggio, Giovanni Maier, The Europlane Orchestra, Orchestra Il Suono Improvviso, Pietro Condorelli, Marcello Tonolo, Francesco Bearzatti, Robert Bonisolo, Mauro Negri, U.T. Gandhi, Lello Pareti, Ermanno Signorelli, Gianni Cazzola, David Boato, Luigi Tessarollo, Gabriele Centis, Davide Ragazzoni, Bebo Baldan, Edu Hebling, Jazz Prints, Achim Goettert, Danilo Moccia, ed others…

International Festivals:

Dimitria Festival Salonicco 2012 Greece

Italian Festival Bangkok 2012 Tailandia

Festival “Cest is d’Best” 2012 Croazia

Valsugana Jazz Tour 2012 Italia

Italian Festival 2011 Tanzania

Italian Festival 2011 Senegal

Folkest 2011 Italia

Festival Awaln’art 2011 Marocco

Kaunas International Festival 2010 Lituania

Festival Etnorock 2010 Italia

Rabat National Theatre Festival 2009 Marocco

CAE Festival Figueira Da Foz – 2009 Portogallo

Boemia Jazz Festival 2008 Ceck Republic

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2008 Danmarc

Bucarest Jazzfest 2008 Romania

Singapore Art Festival 2007 Singapore

Corpi Urbani Genova 2007 Italy

Novigrad Music Night 2006 Croazia

Jazzinity Abomna Festival 2006 Slovenia

Al Hussein Cultural Center 2005 Jordan

Vo’Arte 2005 Portugal

Athens Jazz Festival 2004 Greece

Corinto Jazz Festival 2004 Greece

Mar Del Plata Jazz Festival 2003 Argentina

Lima Jazz Festival 2003 Peru

Jazz Tour Montevideo 2003 Uruguay

Gorizia Jazz Festival Italy 2002

Kaunas Jazz Festival 2002 Lithuania

Gostenhofer Jazztages Norimberga 2002 Germany

Montreal, Toronto e Halifax Jazz Festival Canada 2001

Half Note Athens 2001Greece

Ocho Rios Jazz Festival 2000 Jamaica

Festival Jazz San Sebastian 2000 Spain

Festival del Mediterraneo Bari 2000 Italy

Cervantes en Todas Partes 1997 e 1999 Mexico

Festival di Merida 1999 Mexico

Curacao Jazz Festival 1999 Dutch Carribean

Jazzkaar 1999 Tallinn Estonia

Corinto 1998 Greece

Jena 1997 Germany

Festival Cervantino 1997 Mexico

International Festival Metepec 1997 Mexico

Halle 1996 Germany

International Moritzburg Jazz Festival Halle 1996 Germany

Jazz Time Rijeka 1994, 1995 e 1996 Croatia

Raab 1994 Austria

Festival di Zagabria 1993

Jazz Festival Wurzburg 1992 Germany

Lange Jazz Nacht Lindau 1990 e 1991 Germany

Jazz Ost/West Nuernberg 1990 Germany

Jazz in Zentrum Bremen 1990 Germany

Festival Jazz St. Cugat del Vales 1990 Spain

Pannonton Jazz Napok Budapest 1989 Hungaria

Prerov Jazz Days 1988 Czechoslovakia


On the Scene with Marco Castelli