piano, arrangements, composition
A jazz pianist and composer with strong background in the fields of classical
music, music history, harmony and composition, Alessandro Carabelli has over
fifteen years experience as a performer in international jazz events. He has collaborated
with major jazz musicians (Bob Mover, John Arnold, Gary Windo,
Enzo Scoppa, Dodo Goja, Giulio Visibelli, Paolo Pelegatti,
Gianni Basso, Fabio Jeger, Tony Arco among them).
In February 2004, he released "Over
and Out" (Splasc(h) Records) with the Alessandro Carabelli Group,
and in September 2006 he released "Aphrodite"
(Nagel Hayer Records), with the Alessandro Carabelli Group and
- released CD "Aphrodite"
- Alessandro Carabelli Group for Nagel Heyer Records - featuring Franco
Ambrosetti: all compositions, arrangement, piano.
- released CD "Over
and out"- Alessandro Carabelli Group for Splasc(h) Records:
all compositions, arrangement, piano.
- Steady collaboration as a jazz pianist with the Art Assessorship of the City of
Milan in important events such as "Jazz in metro" (Jazz in the subway) and "Fiera
Expo Internazionale Citta` di Milano" (International Exhibition-Show of the city
- Performer in several international jazz festivals, among which: "Lago Maggiore
Jazz Festival" (Italy), "St. Remo in Jazz" (Italy), "Mentone Jazz Festival" (Switzerland),
"Jazz a` Monaco" (Principality of Monaco).
Collaboration with major international artists as Franco Ambrosetti, Bob
Mover, John Arnold, Gary Windo,
Enzo Scoppa, Dodo Goya, Giulio Visibelli, Paolo Pelegatti,
Gianni Bedori, Gianni Basso, Marco Ratti, Marco Castiglioni,
Roberto Piccolo, Massimo Pintori, Tito Mangialajo,
Mauro Battisti, Fabio Jeger, Tony Arco, Alfredo Ponissi,
Max De Aloe, Diego Mascherpa,
Freelance Music Teacher (piano, harmony)
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / AWARDS:
- International Competition "Citta` di Stresa" (Italy)- piano improvisation:
placed No. 1 in 1992, No. 2 in
1993 and No. 3 in
1988 and 1989.
- International Competition "Citta` di Ispra" (Italy): No. 1 in
1987 and 1989
- Attendance of seminars in harmony and composition led by major musicians:
1999, Milan- Ennio Morricone;
Lee Konitz; 1988, Milan-
- Studies in piano technique and jazz harmony with Marco Detto, Milan
- Università Cattolica, Milano (Italy), "Laurea in Economia e Commercio",
(M.A. in Economy), 1995
- European Union School, Varese (Italy), "European Baccalaureate" (Classic
- Civici Corsi di Jazz di Milano (Jazz School of the City of Milan), "Diploma
in jazz piano, harmony and composition" (with Sante Palumbo, Enrico
Intra, Franco Cerri and Fabio Jager),
The group led by pianist Alessandro Carabelli confirms being an excellent
modern jazz ensemble, that we already appreciated in their previous album, "Over
and out"; here, in addition, the presence of Swiss trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti stands
out in few tracks. The band keeps the same natural, though fresh and sincere
musical style, through songs mostly composed by Carabelli;
tracks are highly dynamic, versatile but never banal, and a bit of a "Jarrett-style"
atmosphere animates tracks drawing inspiration from our tradition, in which each
component can amply express his skills as a soloist. (…) The pianist draws
beautiful lines with an elegant and sophisticated touch (…)
Neri Pollastri - All About Jazz – Novembre
"…For one thing, the six innovative and engaging Italian musicians create an
airy, open feel; for another, the material, all original is light and lyrical. The
11 tracks are through and through relaxing and thoughtful and full of genial energy.
Expect nothing less than consistently delicious music, expertly played.
Fusion3 Distribution – Montréal - (Canada)
- Ottobre 2006
Fighting spirit and sweetness are the most immediate sensations, while listening
to "Aphrodite", the latest CD by jazz-man Alessandro Carabelli - the result
of a long and complex work, that led the musician to explore different sounds, styles,
and artistic experiences. Carabelli skilfully alternates relaxing and peaceful songs
– the ideal soundtrack for a night ride – and more impetuous pieces, at times open
to external contaminations, at times tightly attached to the purest jazz style,
as if he meant to hand on a tradition that doesn't fear evolution, as long as its
roots are steady.(…) In his latest CD, Carabelli offers eleven songs, and different
feelings: as soon as you start getting used to a certain sound, he gracefully leads
you somewhere else. You will not find any rifts, or falls, or aggressiveness; only
the firm but gentle rush of a wave that caresses, drags away, pushes, and finally
shows you the real colors of jazz: blue, black, and sensuous red sparkles.
Matteo Inzaghi – Rete 55 - Settembre
Alessandro Carabelli escapes any label or genre. The composition and the performance
are elaborate, but the music becomes easy and immediate when you listen to it, whether
or not you are inured to this kind of sound".
Andrea Franceschi De Marchi - Varesenews
- Settembre 2006
"The strong point of italian jazz in all of its diversity remains in its love
of melody and the music of Alessandro Carabelli is fine exemple. Alessandro Carabelli
is a clever and pretty pianist with a great lyrical bent…"
Philip McNally - Cadence - NY (Usa) –
"… the leader's pianism pours out with verve but gently; his style sounds moving
and poetic, then brilliant and gripping. Alessandro Carabelli seems to draw his
inspiration from the European and Mediterranean jazz tradition, and creates a well-balanced
and never over- elaborated spund…
Olindo Fortino – Musica Jazz –
"… Alessandro Carabelli uses a clear and vivid palette of timbres… The communicative
effect of Carabelli's songs spread radiant and charming…Carabelli's dynamic and
vivacious music runs with graceful simplicity and sparkling freshness…".
Giordano Selini – Italian Sound Company
– Ottobre 2004
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