Marco Colonna

A personal path, a unique style led Marco Colonna to become one of the most interesting Italian musicians of his generation, and since 2015 his name started appearing on the Year-End charts of Musica Jazz and other magazines or websites, named as one of the best woodwind players of the country nonetheless, since 2018 he’s placed in the top ten of the best Italian jazz musicians.

He started studying clarinet since the age of 7, but, as he admitted, he was not a perfect student until the age of 14, discovering then that music was his life by the age of 16.

He entered the Gaetano Zocconali, Operamus Suite Machine ensemble in Rome when he was 19, refining his playing and reading techniques, but most of it all, exploring Bass Clarinet potentialities.

In the same year he started with Bruno Angeloni the Pachamama Jazz ensemble, beased on a transcultural poetic, where jazz, rock and Mediterreanean folk music mixed.

In 2002 he joined Acquaragia Drom playing at several world music events, from the Rain Forest World Music Festival in Sarawak (Borneo) or Kamoro Gipsy Festival of Prague, Sziget in Budapest, New York Gipsy Festival and then Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and France, meeting and sharing the stage with Selim Sesler, Nat Veliov, Nando Citarella, Petrona Martinez, Tonino Carotone, Roy Paci and Moni Ovadia.

During the same year he started organising improvisation meetings and workshops together with Impromachine collective at Rialto Santambrogio in Rome.

He performed and recorded with Frank Gratkowski, Michel Godard, Enzo Rocco, Marco Ariano, Roberto Bellatalla, Michele Rabbia, Vincent Courtois and Peter Schmidt.

From 2001 he started working for various theatres such as: Centro Mediterraneo delle Arti, Teatro dell’Orologio, Roberto De Simone’s Media Aetas, etc.

He took part in the recording sessions of “Youth” original soundtrack, a movie by Paolo Sorrentino featuring Avec Le Temps – Dalida ensemble led by the actress Maria Letizia Gorga and arranged by Stefano De Meo.

In 2006 he played at Encuentro De Jazz Y Musica Viva in Monterrey (Mexico) with Gebhard Ullmann, Andrew Cyrille, Agusti Fernandez, Teppo Hauta Aho, Ramon Lopez, Omar e Milo Tamez.

In 2008 he took part at Harry Sparnaay’s workshop at Conservatorio Santa Cecilia (Rome) and he was then invited by the most relevant contemporary bass clarinet player to study in Barcelona at Esmuc (Catalonia College of Music).

As a result Marco Colonna was inspired to research on the classical repertoire dedicating himself to the study of contrabass clarinet, a study never conducted in Italy before then staged at Cinque Giornate Festival (Milan), featuring compositions by Donatoni, Colombo Taccani, Di Maggio, Mykaelian and Grisey.

In 2009 he started the project Noise Of Trouble together with Luca Corrado and Cristian Lombardi, releasing as a free download the debut album: “The Bloody Route”, followed by “Distopia”, “Così Morì La Luna” and other works. Their music is strongly soaked by social and political impacts.

With Noise Of Trouble he met and worked with poet Alberto Masala, the Hip Hop voice and visual artist Riccardo Fadda and the experimental film maker Leonardo Carrano, whom worked with on “Jazz For A Massacre”, critically acclaimed on main film festivals around the world.

He also took part to cross media projects with Alessandro Lisci and the opera singer Monica Colonna.

He often performed in duo with Alberto Masala both in poetry and literature events and jazz festivals. Together they started the “Logos” project, an artistic document that portrays the loss of population of a small village in Sardinia, Asuni in Campidano region, commissioned by the local Museo delle Emigrazioni.

From 2012 he started to perform solo tightening his partnership with European improvisers and jazz musicians. He produced several studio projects dedicated to Bach, the Spanish Folia, Stravinsky, the political protest songs from Chile as well as projects on the acoustic processing of sound.

Jon Granlie of Salt Peanuts wrote that “Metamorphosis Of The Moment” (released via Slovenian label Klopotec) is the best solo clarinet album he ever listened to.

Marco Colonna abandoned his polistrumentism to focus on clarinets, developing a personal approach based on Mediterranean roots tradition, historical avantgarde movements, with unheard appeal that led him to perform with three instruments at the same time. This work is documented on “Ondas De Trigu”.

He started selfreleasing via his Bandcamp page many projects, like “Minorance : a late reflection on the revolutionary art of Fred Ho”, in duo with Ettore Fioravanti, a tribute to the great American baritone sax player with Chinese origins, about whom wrote an article on Musica Jazz.

An improvised trio with Giovanni Maier and Zlatko Kaucic, recorded live at Galleria Pizzinato in Pordenone, thanks to Massimo De Mattia. The friendship led to the session in duo of “Blutopia” at Fabrizio Spera’s record store.

His passion for writing led him to write a theatrical piece dedicated to Natacha Denizeau: “Frammento”, a monologue for an actress and his improvised music. The work was staged at Teatro Torre Maura (Rome) and Ventotto di Vino Jazz Club (Rome), where he often organises improvised music meetings.

With Eugenio Colombo and Ettore Fioravanti he started Rashaan, a trio dedicated to the music of Roland Kirk and the album was released on vinyl via Italian avantgarde label Setola di Maiale.

Marco Colonna joined Roberto Ottaviano’s Eternal Love and he recorded an album with Zeno De Rossi, Giovanni Maier and Alexander Hawkings, released on Dodici Lune label. The group received great feedbacks by the critics and was present in different charts at the end of the year, both as album and as ensemble.

He took part to Unit project, led by Stefano Giust and Evan Parker, a concert and a record featuring Alberto Novello, Giorgio Pacorig, Martin Mayes, Patrizia Oliva and Michele Anelli, released by Setola di Maiale.

Marco Colonna is still active as writer and he was commissioned a book to be released by Blonk publishing in 2020, entitled “E mio padre mi disse che non ero normale-breve cronaca di un pensiero artistico indipendente”.

He started the partnership with Japanes pianist Izumi Kimura, and together they played in Italy both as a duo and as a trio with Fabrizio Spera, with whom he’s planning a trio featuring bass player Dario Miranda.

He’s performing often with Roberto Bellatalla and working on singer / songwriter Lucio Leoni on a concept album on the dialect of Rome, to be released at the end of 2019.

Not to forget to mention that by the end of 2019 he will also tour Federica Michisanti and Francesco Lento’s Horn trio between South Africa, Gabon, Kenya and Namibia.

One of the upcoming projects includes a project on metaphisic with philosopher Lorenzo Cammi and pianist Umberto Petrin.