BIO (english) --- CURRICULUM (ita) --- DISCOGRAPHY --- FESTIVALS --- TOURS --- TV & Radio

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Bio - English

Andrea Marchesini (Alassio - Italy, aug 5th 1960) is an Italian drummer, backing vocalist, and composer.
He started playing drums at age 14 and spent his teen years listening to great music, having fun with local musicians, rehearsing, composing, playing concerts, and self teaching drumming basics.

After a short period of music and drumming theory and practice at the "Small Conservatory" Nuova Milano Musica in Milan, he moved to New York ('84) where his versatile approach to skins and cymbals matured in an open attitude to pop & rock, jazz & fusion, acustic and world music styles.

He studied at Drummer's Collective with Kenwood Dennard, Frankie Malabe, Kim Plainfield, Robbie Gonzalez, Steve Gadd, played in dozens of rock and jazz clubs, recorded commercials, demos, albums and CDs, took part of TV shows and theater plays (among the different "projects": Robert Secret - Rob Morsberger, and the theater play Red House and a Europe tour in '85).

In 1989 Andrea released his first "solo" CD Back To Europe, with the partecipation of producer Hiram Bullock, guitarist Mike Stern, and bassist - producer Jonas Hellborg.
He returned to Italy in 1990 and took a brake with music, picking up again in 1997.

Since his return to action in 1998 Andrea has worked with comedy-theater-music show Luca e Paolo and slowly re-built a career through important collaborations like italian pianist Antonio Farao', guitarist Alessio Menconi, and internationally acclaimed artists bassist Jonas Hellborg and guitarist Shawn Lane with whom he completed their first and only India tour in 2003.

Andrea has completed an India tour with his trio "Dif-Fusion" (Alessio Menconi and Pippo Matino and consequent live CD "Concert in Shillong" 2004); Italy tour with Londoners Terry Pack and Phil Hudson (2006); tours in Italy and Switzerland and studio work with jazz pop singer Andrea Celeste (2010-2012); CD and touring in Italy and France since 2017 with Lorenzo Piccone band (official drummer); yet another India tour with Ahimsa Wolrd Music quartet (feauturing Dominique Di Piazza) in 2018, then confirmed as official drummer.

Since 2021 Andrea also palys a particular perc-set with musicians Marco Vezzoso and Alessandro Collina in a few of their projects ( Italian Spirit and Travels )

He also collaborated with Matt Balitsaris, Emanuele Cisi, Claudio Capurro, Robert Bonisolo, V. Selvaganesh, Luca Pasqua, Billy Martin, Dado Moroni.



Curriculum musicale

Andrea Marchesini (Alassio, 5 agosto 1960) inizia a suonare la batteria all'etÓ di 14 anni e trascorre l'adolescenza ascoltando grande musica, divertendosi in prove e concertini con musicisti locali, e studiando da autodidatta.

Dopo un breve periodo al "Piccolo Conservatorio Nuova Milano Musica" si trasferisce a New York nel 1984 per proseguire gli studi e mettere alla prova il proprio talento.

Studia al Drummer's Collective con Kenwood Dennard, Frankie Malabe, Kim Plainfield, Robbie Gonzalez, Steve Gadd, suona in dozzine di locali rock (tra i quali CBGB's, The Bitter End, Kenny's Castaways) e jazz (Mikell's, Visiones, Village Gate, 55 Bar), registra jingles, demos, dischi e CDs, partecipa a varietÓ televisivi e spettacoli teatrali (tra i "projects" Robert Secret, Round Trip, Chris Joannou Quartet, e lo show Red House con il quale gira l'Europa nell'85).

Nel 1988 completa un progetto personale e lo presenta in un tour della East Coast statunitense, registrando e pubblicando in seguito il suo primo CD "solo" (1990) Back To Europe, con la partecipazione di Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, Jonas Hellborg. Nel '90 torna in Italia e sospende l'attivitÓ per riprenderla nel '97.

Da allora ha lavorato in diversi progetti locali (tra il quali numerose collaborazioni live con Luca e Paolo nel '98, e il suo gruppo fusion Ben's Pizza, con tournÚe ligure del '99) e ricostruito una carriera culminata in importanti collaborazioni con il pianista milanese Antonio Fara˛, il chitarrista genovese Alessio Menconi, e i "colossi" Jonas Hellborg (bassista e solo artist internazionale) e Shawn Lane (uno dei pi¨ grandi specialisti della chitarra elettrica (Memphis USA) con i quali completa il loro primotur in India 2003.

Andrea ha suonato sul CD "Evening Fires" di Matt Balitsaris, ha partecipato a numerosi festivals in Italia, negli USA (New York - Lincoln Center), India (Kolkata e New Delhi), e dal 2000 Ŕ attivo sul fronte didattico insegnando privatamente e presso le migliori scuole di musica del ponente ligure.

Nel periodo pi¨ recente spicca un tour in India con il suo trio "Dif-Fusion", con Alessio Menconi e Pippo Matino e pubblicazione del relativo CD live "Concert in Shillong" (2004), un breve tour in Francia con Jonas Hellborg e Neyveli S. Radhakrishna (ethnic carnatic fusion; 2005), alcuni concerti in Liguria coi musicisti londinesi Terry Pack e Phil Hudson (jazzy songs, instrumentals, originals; presentazione CD solo di Terry Pack; 2006),e dal 2010 concerti e tours con Andrea Celeste (pop & jazz songs, originals, drummer ufficiale del quartetto; drumming su 2 brani del CD "Something Amazing" 2012), e con BassVoice Project (Silvia Barba, Pippo Matino, Joe La Viola).

Dal 2017 Andrea Ŕ drummer ufficile del Lorenzo Piccone trio & quartet (rock-blues originals; tours & worldwide distributed CDs), dal 2018 del quartetto di Wolrd Music Ahimsa (India Tour 2018 special guest Dominique Di Piazza), e dal 2021 dei progetti strumentali di Marco Vezzoso e Alessandro Collina (Italian Spirit e Travel), con i quali Ŕ impegnato in uscite discografiche e tours nazionali ed internazionali.

Ha inoltre collaborato con Emanuele Cisi, Claudio Capurro, Robert Bonisolo, Steven Antonelli, V. Selvaganesh, Luca Pasqua, Gianni Serino, Stefano Guazzo, Barbara Raimondi, Andrea Pozza, Billy Martin, e suonato in session con Riccardo Zegna, Dado Moroni, Flavio Boltro, e Jaco Pastorius.



Discography

AS LEADER:

2004: "Concert in Shillong" by Andrea Marchesini's Dif-Fusion (CD Big Gear Records - Italy).

1989: "Back To Europe" by Andrea Marchesini (LP Day Eight Music - Teldec; CD e MC NOWO - New Sound Planet), with Matt Balitsaris, Mark Gatz, Tom De Petris, Paul Adamy, Gerardo Velez, Mike Stern, Jonas Hellborg.

AS CO-LEADER:

2021: "Italian Spirit in Japan" by Vezzoso-Collina-Marchesini (CD ITI Records - USA), perc-set on all tracks.

1986: "Abbreviated" by S'GO (LP Daisy Records - USA), with Steven Antonelli and Joe Martino; drums on all tracks.

AS GUEST:

2019: drumming on 2 tracks of Andrea Andy Romeo's CD "A Me Me Piace 'O Jazz"

2017: drumming on almost all tracks of Lorenzo Piccone's Soul Searching CD

2012: drumming on 2 tracks of Andrea Celeste's "Something Amazing"

2006: "Un Sorriso Di Pi¨" by Giovanni Lubinu (CD DGL - Italy); drums on most tracks.

2004: "Canzoni di Natale" by Piergiorgio Marchesini (independent CD); drums and lead vocals with DOC-G on 3 tracks.

2004: "Tutto Ci Parla Di Te" by Giovanni Lubinu (CD Elledici Multimedia - Italy); drums on all tracks.

1991: "Evening Fires" by Matt Balitsaris (CD Raven Records - USA) with Matt Balitsaris, Jeff Behrman, Paul Adamy, Mino Cinelu; vocals on "Evening Fires".

1990: "Time Takes You Back" by All Tigers Bite (EP Tohn Studios - Braunschweig - Germany); drums on all tracks.



Festivals

2022 "Alassio Winter Jazz Festival" (Italy), with Italan Spirit Trio

2021 "Andora Jazz" Festival - Andora (Italy), with Italian Spirit Trio

2018 "Riviera Jazz & Blues" Festival - Andora (Italy), with Lorenzo Piccone Quartet

2018 "Shisha International Jazz Festival" with AHIMSA Quartet

2016 "Uno Jazz Sanremo" festival con IROKO Latin Jazz Quintet

2012 "S¨ La Testa" - Albenga (SV), BassVoice Project

2012 "Palco Sul Mare" - Zoagli (GE), Andrea Celeste Quartet

2011 "Jazz All'Anglicana" - Alassio (SV), Andrea Celeste Quartet

2011 "Argini e Margini" - Pisa, Andrea Celeste Quartet

2010 "Jazz Sotto Le Stelle" - Ospedaletti (IM), Andrea Celeste Quartet

2005 "Albenga Blues", Jokers Blues Band in Albenga (SV) - Italy

2004 "Roots Festival 2004" in Shillong - Meghalaya - India with with Alessio Menconi and Pippo Matino

2004 "Repubblic Fest 2004" in Aizawl - Mizoram - India with Alessio Menconi and Pippo Matino

2004 "Jazz, Blues & Beyond" festival in Kolkata - India with Alessio Menconi and Pippo Matino

2003 1░ Jazz Festival Cava D'Ispica Modica (RG) with Jonas Hellborg (duo)

2003 "Levis Great Indian Rock" festival in New Delhi - India with Jonas Hellborg - Shawn Lane

2003 "Jazz, Blues & Beyond" festival in Kolkata - India with Jonas Hellborg - Shawn Lane - V. Selvaganesh

2002 "Jazz All' Anglicana" Alassio (Italy), jazz concert with Antonio Fara˛, Alassio - Italy

2002 "Jazz Sotto Le Stelle", Porto Alegre al Soleluna Beach - Albisola Mare (SV) - Italy

2002 "Summertime in Sanremo", DOC-G at Porto Vecchio, Sanremo - Italy

2002 "Cisano in Musica", Quello in Mezzo in concert in Cisano sul Neva (SV) - Italy

2001 "Festa di S. Giovanni", DOC-G in concert, Imperia - Italy

2000 "Jazz a Loano", Latin Over in concert, Loano - Italy

1986 "New York New Rock Festival" Gray Zone; Lincoln Center, New York - USA

1985 "Staten Island Rocks" Gray Zone; Staten Island, New York - USA



Tours

2018 India tour (Pune, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore) with AHIMSA Quartet

2018 short tour in France with Lorenzo Piccone Band

2010 to 2012 Italy tours with Andrea Celeste Quartet

2010 & 2011 long term engagements at Bar AmÚricain - Hotel De Paris Monaco - Montecarlo with Alessandro Collina Trio and VicK (r&b, pop, soul, dance, jazz)

2006 short Liguria tour with Terry Pack and Phil Hudson (jazzy songs, instrumentals, originals; presentation of Terry Pack's solo CD)

2005 short tour in France and Holland with Jonas Hellborg and Neyveli S. Radhakrishna (ethnic carnatic fusion)

2004 India tour, Andrea Marchesini Trio with Alessio Menconi and Pippo Matino

2003 Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane India Tour (february: Kolkata-Shillong-Aizawl-Delhi)

1999 Ben's Pizza (fusion quartet) on tour; Liguria - Italy

1987 Minus One (fusion quintet) on tour, New York State, Pennsilvania, Massachusets - USA

1985 "Red House", Off Broadway show by John Jesurun, with Steve Buscemi; drummer of S'GO; New York, London, Paris



TV & Radio

2021 Live performance & intereview on RAI Radio 1 with Italian Spirit Trio & Travels

2011 Andrea Celeste Quartet "special" on RAI3 News

2004 Specials on India's national and local TV stations of the Menconi-Matino-Marchesini Tour

2003 Specials on India's national and local TV stations of the Hellborg - Lane Tour

2002 RAI3, short special on a concert with Antonio Fara˛

1986 WKCR-FM, live broadcasted concerts with S'GO

1986 NY Cable TV, drummer on weekly show "Performance TV" with band-leader Tom De Petris; NY - USA