After completing many years of demanding music studies (first at Conservatorio di S. Cecilia in Rome and then in the Konzert-Klasse at the Musik Akademie in Basel with Oscar Ghiglia), Marco Cappelli has lead an extraordinary artistic path, becoming familiar both with rigorous written music as well with free improvisation languages.
The diversity of Marco’s performances is due to a fascinating array of collaborations (Anthony Coleman, Michel Godard, Butch Morris, Mauro Pagani, Franco Piersanti, Jim Pugliese, Enrico Rava, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Giovanni Sollima, Markus Stockhausen, Cristina Zavalloni and more) and regularly as guest in important classical and contemporary music series (Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Associazione A. Scarlatti di Napoli, Ravenna Festival, Festival Traiettorie di Parma, Cinque passi nel ’900 al Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Italian Academy at Columbia University New York, Salzburg Festival, Ruhr Triennale…) as well in jazz and avantgarde music festivals (Saalfelden Jazz Festival – Austria, Pomigliano Jazz – Italy, Grim in Marseille – France, Barnsdall Theatre in Los Angeles, Tonic in New York, OutPut Festival in Amsterdam …) both as a soloist and in ensemble settings.
Marco has recorded three solo guitar cds : “Fantasia per Ensemble” and “Yun Mu” for the for the Italian label TDS, and EGP (Extreme Guitar Project: Music from Downtown New York) for Mode Records. Mode Records also released two cds by Ensemble Dissonanzen, which Cappelli is a member of: G. Petrassi’s and H.W. Henze’s chamber Music.
In 2006-2007 Marco Cappelli also published “Los Angeles Tapes” (with Andrea Centazzo and Kato Hideki) for Ictus Records, and signed his debut on John Zorn’s Tzadik, taking part in duo with Jim Pugliese on the CD “Pushy Blueness” by Anthony Coleman. In 2008 the Italian jazz label Itinera released the first cd of Marco’s band IDR – Italian Doc Remix.
Marco CAPELLI: EGP: Extreme Guitar Project (mode 157)
Luigi DALLAPICCOLA and Goffredo PETRASSI: Musica da camera - Ensemble Dissonanzen (mode 166)
Hans Werner HENZE: Musica da Camera (mode 202)
Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio: Les Nuages en France (avant 07)
Marco CAPELLI: In the Shadow of No Towers (mode 236)
Marco Cappelli’s Italian Surf Academy: The American Dream (avant 13)