Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Herrmann

Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Herrmann

Carla Marciano Quartet

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917348620
Catalog number: CR 73486
Releasedate: 06-09-19
- A homage to one of the great geniuses of film score, the composer and conductor Bernard Herrmann: some of his best compositions arranged, revised and adapted for a jazz quartet.
- Carla Marciano is an alto saxophone specialist and one of the leading experts of the rarely used and hard to master sopranino saxophone.
- Carla Marciano's fifth album, but first on Challenge Records
Carla Marciano:
"This album is my heartfelt homage to one of the greatest geniuses of film score, the composer and conductor Bernard Herrmann, whose music has dazzled me since I was a child. It has been very interesting to arrange, revise and adapt, for a jazz quartet, some of the best known themes from outstanding soundtracks Herrmann wrote for equally outstanding films - all psychological thrillers (hence the title Psychosis) - by brilliant directors, including Marnie, Psycho and Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese and Twisted Nerve by Roy Boulting. Bearing a classic feel and originally conceived for orchestras, the tracks in this album were arranged in full respect of the originals, leaving intact, for example, the beauty of the melodies, while at the same time creating new improvisational spaces that would allow our quartet to maintain its own identity. This also gave us the opportunity to progress in a musical journey we embarked on starting with the first album (this is our fifth), and me, personally, to hold the course of my visceral, improvisational language, always instinctive and open to risk, an expression of my emotional, spiritual and existential self, baring my soul in absolute freedom through no compromise whatsoever, but rather driven by a strong desire for research and experimentation. I consider the emotions and stimulations generated in me by Herrmann’s music, together with the films in which it’s featured, a wonderful gift. I hope I have been able to thank him through our heartfelt work.

The additional track is also dedicated to another great genius of film score, John Williams, who wrote the soundtrack for the famous movie saga Harry Potter, whose main theme was arranged by Alessandro."
Italian saxophonist and composer Carla Marciano is considered by specialized critics among the best talents of European jazz. and one of  today''s strongest female saxophonists.

Graduated in clarinet from the Conservatory of her hometown, Salerno, she is an alto saxophone specialist, appreciated for her great passion and energy, her strong expressiveness, her advanced tecnique as well as her distinctive performative and compositional streak. She is also one of the leading experts of the rarely used and hard to master sopranino saxophone.

As a leader of her stable quartet, made up of some of the best musicians on the Italian scene, namely Alessandro La Corte, Aldo Vigorito and Gaetano Fasano, she has four CDs under her belt, three of which were produced by the historic label Black Saint (whose catalog, highly appreciated in America, saw Marciano among the few Italian musicians to make the short list). This fifth CD, "Psychosis", marks her debut with the prestigious Challenge Records. Together with her quartet, Marciano has presented her projects at major national and international jazz festivals and clubs.