Diplomato al conservatorio di Pesaro con lode e laureato in Professional Music al Berklee College of Music di Boston con lode. Studia principalmente con Gary Burton, Ed Saindon, Victor Mendoza, Daniele Di Gregorio, Eguie Castrillo, John Ramsey, Steve Wilkes.
Nel 2005 vince il premio di miglior "talento jazz" italiano al concorso Chicco Bettinardi di Piacenza.
Marco collabora con Michel Camilo, Alex Acuna, Horacio "el negro" Hernandez, Steve Smith, John Beck, Amik Guerra, Trent Austin, Italuba, Gerrison Fewell, Chihiro Yamanaka, Partido Latino, Raphael Gualazzi, Francesco Cafiso, Massimo Manzi, Marco Volpe, Massimo Moriconi, Filippo Lattanzi, Daniele Di Gregorio, Alessndro Ristori, Paolo Belli, Bungaro, Luca Colombo, Cesare Chiodo e tanti altri...
Docente di strumenti a percussioni presso Liceo Musicale Rinaldini di Ancona e di armonia e composizione presso l'Accademia Zero Crossing di Pesaro.
Marco suona esclusivamente vibrafoni, marimbe ADAMS, piatti SABIAN, BOMAP per bacchette (Silverfox), pelli (Attack) e percussioni (Go Bops).
Is graduated cum laude at "G. Rossini" conservatory and in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music of Boston cum laude.
He studied with Gary Burton, Ed Saindon, Victor Mendoza, Daniele Di Gregorio, Eguie Castrillo, John Ramsey, Steve Wilkes.
On 2005 Marco wins the award of the best jazz italian talent at "Chicco Bettinardi Competition" organized by Piacenza Jazz Festival.
Marco has been played with Michel Camilo, Alex Acuna, Horacio "el negro" Hernandez, Steve Smith, John Beck, Amik Guerra, Trent Austin, Italuba, Gerrison Fewell, Chihiro Yamanaka,Partido Latino, Raphael Gualazzi, Francesco Cafiso, Massimo Manzi, Marco Volpe, Massimo Moriconi, Filippo Lattanzi, Daniele Di Gregorio, Alessndro Ristori, Paolo Belli, Bungaro, Luca Colombo, Cesare Chiodo and many others...
Marco is percussion faculty at Liceo Rinaldini in Ancona and of composition at the Zero Crossing Accademia in Pesaro.
Since 2010 Marco is an Adams endorser for vibraphone and marimba, Sabian for cymbals and Bomap for sticks (Silverfox) , heads (Attack) and percussions (Go Bops)
HAPPINESS - MARCO PACASSONI QUARTET - ©2014
di Brent Black per Bop and Jazz
An artist of immeasurable talent, as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Having walked away from contributing to major publications by choice my quest was to find the lyrical road less traveled, new artists with new voices and unique presentations. I began searching through Europe and while panning through the proverbial musical gold mine that is Italy, I discovered percussive instrumentalist, teacher and composer Marco Pacassoni and his 4tet. Some may ask, who? Pacassoni studied at Berklee under such luminaries as Jazz Master Gary Burton and the orchestral genius that is Vince Mendoza. The end result is a sound that borders on the cinematic while never losing an intimate lyrical presentation. A vibrant and far more percussive punch than his western contemporaries has Pacassoni walking a harmonic high wire without a net. The latest release features critically acclaimed pianist Michel Camilo.
Analyzing highlights would seem to be an exercise in futility as there is a remarkable consistency through Happiness while the melodic flow is meticulously manipulated in a myriad of presentations. "Michel" features the great Michel Camilo for a percussive onslaught of controlled sonic fury. They paint an aural landscape from a bold color palette while staying true to a distinct forward moving harmonic presentation that is the perfect storm of intensity and nuanced flavor. "On The Riverside" pulls from a more ambient contemporary base while lyrical conversations develop within the cast of musical co-conspirators. "Lullaby For Birdie" is an exquisite if not pristine ballad, cinematic in scope yet with an accessibility that transcends the norms of what traditional improvisational music is thought of here in the United States. "Metropolis" moves to the edge of the post modern fusion side yet never fully commits but allows the more cerebral presentation to challenge the listener as to what lyrical journey they may wish to experience.
Marco Pacassoni would be wildly accepted on any American stage or classroom. His almost equal use of the marimba takes what may have passed for an incredibly good release and moved Happiness into that special category of greatness that will be discussed for years to come. Virtually flawless.