Andrea Marchesini (Alassio - Italy, aug 5th 1960) started playing drums at age 14 and spent his teen days 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,
Andrea moved to New York ('84) to continue his studies and give it a try in the Big Apple.
He studied at Drummer's Collective
played in dozens of rock (CBGB's
The Bitter End
and jazz clubs (Mikell's
), recorded commercials, demos, albums and CDs,
took part of TV shows and theater plays (among the different "projects":
, Round Trip, Chris Joannou Quartet,
and the show Red House
and a Europe tour in '85).
In '87 & '88 he put together his own band and repertoire and presented it to the East Coast with a short tour,
bringing then everything into a studio and recording his first "solo" CD (1990) 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 long and deep brake with music, picking up again in 1997.
Ever since he has worked with many different local projects (among them a comedy-theater-music show with
Luca e Paolo
in '98, and his fusion quartet Ben's Pizza and a Liguria tour in '99)
and slowly re-built a career wich peaked during important collaborations with italian pianist
with guitarist Alessio Menconi
and internationally acclaimed artists Jonas Hellborg
(bassist formerly with Mahavishnu John McLaughlin) together with monster guitarist
withwhom he completed their first and only India tour in 2003.
Andrea played on the debut EP of the german band "All Tigers Bite", on
CD "Evening Fires",
and on the first LP by the group S'Go called "Abbreviated",
has taken part to many festivals in Italy, USA (New York - Lincoln Center), and India (Kolkata and New Delhi);
since 2000 he is also very active on the teaching front, both privately and in the best schools in his native Liguria.
He has also collaborated with Emanuele Cisi,
and played in jam-session with
and Jaco Pastorius
In more recent times an India Tour (8 concerts in the North-East) with his trio "Dif-Fusion",
with Alessio Menconi
and consequent live CD "Concert in Shillong
a short tour in France with Jonas Hellborg
Neyveli S. Radhakrishna
(ethnic carnatic fusion; 2005),
a short tour in Liguria with londoners Terry Pack
(jazzy songs, instrumentals, originals; presentation of Terry Pack's solo CD; 2006).
2009 and 2010 witness the birth of Black Batik
, a new quartet (fusion & jazz originals) by Andrea with concerts in Liguria.
Then again local shows with DOC-G
several long-term contracts at Bar Américain - Hotel De Paris
, Monaco - Montecarlo,
with Alessandro Collina
(international entertainment repertoire).
Since 2010 andrea steadily performs with Andrea Celeste
Quartet (pop & jazz songs, originals; drumming on 2 tunes of the 2012 CD "Something Amazing")
and occasionally with BassVoice Project
Joe La Viola