Harpist, composer, improviser and teacher. The contemporary jazz of Marcella Carboni is made out of pure sound and electronics, scripture and improvisation. Above all the traditional educational steps, like the graduation in classical harp, the additional academic degree in jazz and the study of composition, it is really the artistic cooperation that leads her way. Well known names in the European jazz scene, like Bruno Tommaso, Rosario Giuliani and Enrico Intra wanted to work with her, often composing especially for her instrument or entrusting to her some of their own pages, like it happened with the giant of jazz, Enrico Pieranunzi. If, on the one side she has been influenced by mainstream jazz, on the other the engagement with Butch Morris, the Sonic Genome of Anthony Braxton or the collective improvisation laboratory of Franco Ferguson have contributed to form a part of her soul as a radical improviser. Her electroacoustic harp is often in the center of events in television, radio and in the web. Live and on disc she has been a part of a variety of ensembles from duo to orchestra. Despite her longest-running projects are the duos with female voices (one with Francesca Corrias and the other with Elisabetta Antonini), with the harmonicist Max De Aloe and with the saxophonist Simone Alessandrini. Marcella Carboni, in the front-line of confirming the harp as an instrument fit to be fully inserted in the jazz scene, since more than a decade is engaged in vivid didactic and promotional activities, introducing the jazz harp into the conservatories of South and Middle Europe and in the Italian harp schools. Her teachings culminated in 2018 in the publication of a musical manual JAZZ HARP – A Practical Method with the United States Vanderbilt Music Company, specialized in music for harp.
She performed with many musician as: Rosario Giuliani, Bruno Tommaso, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Paolo Fresu, Anthony Braxton, Edmar Castaneda, Javier Girotto, Daniela Spielmann, Enrico Fink, Ricardo Zegna, Paolo Damiani, Fabrizio Sferra, Yuri Goloubev, Gianni Coscia, Peter Waters, Joanna Rimmer, Elisabetta Antonini, Max De Aloe, Guido Mazzon, Riccardo Fassi, Gabriele Coen, Francesco D’Auria, Francesca Corrias, Susanna Stivali, Aldo Bassi, Giacomo Uncini, Mario Corvini, Roberto Olzer.
She performed in music seasons and festivals all over the world: : Madrid Jazz Festival, Jazz at Kitano (New York), Barbès (New York), Treibhaus (Innsbruck), Settimana Cultura Italiana (Rio de Janeiro, Brasile),Torino Jazz Festival, Dialogo (Roma, Auditorium Parco della Musica), Roma Jazz’s cool (Casa del Jazz), Time in Jazz-Berchidda (OT), Nuoro Jazz, Musica sulle Bocche-Santa Teresa di Gallura (OT), European Jazz Expo (Cagliari), Tuscia Jazz, Artusi Jazz Fstival (FC), Woma Jazz (Modena), Iseo Jazz, Vivere Jazz a Fiesole, Viggiano Jazz (PZ), No borders Jazz (Gubbio), Latina Jazz Winter, NonSoleJazz Festival, Legnano Jazz, Jesi Jazz, Ivrea Jazz, Terre di Siena, Elba Jazz.
She performed in various harp festivals: 13th World Harp Congress (Hong Kong), Rio Harp Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brasile), Camac Harp Festival (Perpignan, Francia), Pop Harp Festival (Monza), Festival dell’arpa Isolabona (IM), Festival Internazionale dell’arpa Salsomaggiore, Bologna Harp Festival, Festival Internazionale dell’arpa Viggiano (PZ), Festival delle Arpe in Villa Chiari (BS).
Marcella Carboni (harp), Paolino Dalla Porta (double-bass), Stefano Bagnoli (drums),
2020, Barnum for Art
Marcella Carboni (harp) Francesca Corrias (voice), Yuri Goloubev (double-bass), Francesco D’Auria (drums), feat. Max De Aloe (chromatic harmonica)
2014, Abeat Records
Max De Aloe (chromatic harmonica), Marcella Carboni (harp)
2013, Abeat Records
Massimo Barbiero (drums), Marcella Carboni (harp), feat. Maurizio Brunod (guitar)
Elisabetta Antonini (voice), Marcella Carboni (harp)
2011, Blue Serge
Marcella Carboni (harp)
2010, Blue Serge
Enrico Fink (voice e flute) , Marcella Carboni (harp), Stefano Bartolini (sax)
Simone Dionigi Pala (sax) , Marcella Carboni (harp) , Elisabetta Lacorte (bass)
Collana Jazz Italiano
Tribute to Janis Joplin, Espresso di Repubblica, 2016
The Hidden Side
Rosario Giuliani, Parco della Musica Records, 2016
Fuori dal Pozzo
Enrico FinkArlo Bigazzi, Canti Erranti, Materiali Sonori, 2014
Enten Eller, Splasc(H)records, 2012
Dedicated to… just me!
Joanna Rimmer, Sam Production, 2008
Antologia Nuoro Jazz Festival
NJ Produzioni, 2005
The Vespers – Have a little fait in jazz
Documentary by Silvana Porcu, self-handling, 2014
Archive of dreams
Short-movie by Tomás Sheridan, BBC Scotland, 2008
Short-movie by Grazia Dentoni, self-handling, 2002