Saxophonist- Composer

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 clichés 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 festivals like Singapore Art Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Boemia Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Atene Jazz, Bangkok International Festival, Festival Cervantino, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Kaunas International Festival 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:
Europe: Danmarc, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Lithuania, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Croazia, Slovenia, Romania, Ceck Republic, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria.
America and Islands: Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Perù, Guatemala, Uruguay, Jamaica, Curacao.
Asia and Middle East: Singapore, Thailand, Qatar, Israel, Jordan.
Africa: Senegal, Tanzania, Botwana, Reunion Island, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria.


Marco Castelli Trio/Quartet/Quintet
Marco Castelli proposes the project of the new CD Porti di Mare with two possible live bands: Organ Trio with Matteo Alfonso organ and Marco Vattovan drums and Quartet/Quintet with Alfonso Santimone piano, Edu Hebling bass, Marco Vattovani drums and the possibility of add Andrea Ruggeri on drums and percussion. Porti di Mare is a journey around musical worlds from different continents where the sounds transcend the jazz language expressing a very personal sound that gives to the music a particularly original timbre and a vitality that is evident as in the compositions original, as in the choice of the authors.

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 .

DMA, which has appeared in numerous important international jazz festivals. The DMA's music uniquely blends jazz, hip-hop, funk and word music.

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, Edu Hebling, Jazz Prints, Achim Goettert, Danilo Moccia, ed others…

International Festivals:

  • Internationa Jazz Festival Guatemala 2014 Guatemala
  • International jazz Festival in Albania 2014 Albania
  • International Dance Festival Bangkok 2013 Thailand
  • Festival Culturel International d'Alger 2014 Algeria
  • Festival Danse Pei 2014 Reunion Island
  • Kuopio Dance Festival 2013 Finland
  • Festival Uniteatro Parana' 2013 Brazil
  • ITF Varna Summer festival 2013 Bulgaria
  • Dimitria Festival Salonicco 2012 Greece
  • Italian Festival Bangkok 2012 Thailandia
  • 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 Perù
  • 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
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