Harpist, composer, improviser and teacher. The contemporary Jazz of Marcella Carboni is the combination of pure sound mixed with electronics, composition and improvisation. Beyond a traditional education, such as graduating in classical harp, an additional academic degree in Jazz and the study of traditional composition, it is really artistic cooperation that guides Marcella Carboni on her path. Well known names in the European Jazz scene, such as Bruno Tommaso, Rosario Giuliani and Enrico Intra have requested her to work with them, often composing especially for her harp, or, as happened with the giant of Jazz, Enrico Pieranunzi, entrusting to her some of their own compositions to play.
While on the one hand she was influenced by mainstream Jazz, on the other her experiences with Butch Morris, with Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome or with the collective of improvisers Franco Ferguson helped to develop her soul as a radical improviser.
Her electroacoustic harp is often at the center of television and radio broadcasts.
Live and on recordings, she has been a part of a variety of ensembles from duo to orchestra. Her longest-running projects are those in duo, whether it be the female voices of Francesca Corrias or Elisabetta Antonini, the harmonica of Max De Aloe or with the saxophonist Simone Alessandrini.
Instead, the latest production in her name, “This is not a Harp” is a collaboration with Paolino dalla Porta on double bass and Stefano Bagnoli on drums. The entire disk is an homage to René Magritte, the famous painter, where reality and surrealism find their musical analogues in moments of dense composition and radical improvisation, while the harp denies itself and, once again, goes far beyond the stereotyped image of angelic instrument par excellence.
Marcella Carboni, is at the forefront of confirming the harp as an instrument fit to be fully inserted into the Jazz scene. For more than a decade she has been engaged in vivid didactic and promotional activities, introducing the Jazz harp into the music conservatories of south and middle Europe and in the Italian harp schools. Her teachings culminated in 2018 with the publication of a musical manual “JAZZ HARP – A Practical Method” in collaboration with the United States Vanderbilt Music Company, specialized in music for harp.