MARCO ACQUARELLI, Guitarist
Marco Acquarelli was born in Rome in 1977; his first approach with guitar was in 1991 beginning with classical studies. In 1992 he started his rock-blues experience with some local bands playing in Rome's clubs. His first performances like a classical soloist were in 1994 playing Leo Brower , Mauro Giuliani, Villa-Lobos, John Dowland and others. In 1996 started to study jazz idiom in Rome with Nicola Puglielli (played, among others, with Philippe Catherine, Steve Grossman, Kirk Lightsay) and attended clinics by Frank Gambale and Paul Gilbert. The year after, in July, he attended the Berklee clinics in Perugia studying with Bruce Bartlett and Greg Hopkins and started his jazz live activity in Rome and Perugia. The same year he began his collaboration as guitarist and score writer with the Afro-European singer Indo Aminatà (Amina, worked in singles with Fugees). In 1998, at the same clinics but with Jim Kelly and Bill Pierce, he won a scholarship to Boston. In 1999 he attended a CEE Jazz specialization course in Siena playing with Tomaso Lama and Pietro Tonolo.
From 1999 to early 2001 he live in Perugia in which he started some didactical and musical collaboration with, among others, Gabriele Mirabassi, Daniele Mencarelli, Rossano Emili; the same year he worked, in Rome, with the film music composer Germano Mazzocchetti whom he made a record with ("Cabaret da viaggio" Emergency Music Italy EMR 9902). In April 2000 he formed the ZASA quartet with others young musician, a project that won the last edition of Barga Jazz contest (Italy) and played in various festivals (23rd jazz hoeilaart, Belgium), theaters, and clubs along Italy. In December he had the chance to play with the S.Cecilia conservatory symphonic orchestra (playing the electric guitar) performing for the first time the Mass For Peace (by Luciano Pelosi on words by Carol Wojitila). In June 2001 he got the classical conservatory degree.
From 1998 he teaches in the jazz department at Università della Musica in Rome (http://www.universitadellamusica.it/).