BC Quintet

BC Quintet

 Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA
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Bjorn Wennas & Carmen Marsico Quintet is an exciting group that performs original jazz compositions as well as creative arrangements of traditional material ranging from the music of Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso to ancient Italian sun chants.

Biography

Co-leaders in life and in music, the Boston-based married couple, guitarist/composer Bjorn Wennas and vocalist/composer Carmen Marsico, founded this group to perform their own original jazz compositions as well as creative arrangements of traditional material ranging from the music of Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso to ancient sun chants.

The Swedish-born Wennas came to Boston in 1999 to study at the Berklee College of Music on scholarship after earning his Bachelor's Degree in Musicology and Anthropology from Uppsala University, where he focused on studying jazz improvisation from an anthropological perspective. Influenced as a child by musicians such as Pink Floyd and early David Bowie, his own original music blends improvisation with rock, pop and jazz sensibilities. His most recent recording, Static, led critics to write, "Wennas is an inventive and versatile modern player" (Jerome Wilson, Cadence), "what makes Static a success is Wennas' own way of subsuming his influences into an approach all his own" (John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com) and "Wennas’s arrangements are never predictable" (Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix).

Born in Italy, Marsico also came to Boston on scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where she studied jazz composition and improvisation with Kevin Mahogany, Bob Stoloff, Mili Bermejo, Ed Tomassi and Lisa Thorson, who would become her mentor. Recently called "a name to look for in the future," by the All Music Guide's Scott Yanow, Marsico performs regularly with her husband and many of Boston's most notable improvisers. She also leads her own jazz quintet, which performs her arrangements of standard material as well as her original jazz compositions influenced by traditional Italian and Brazilian music. Her debut release, Sogno, was released in 2003.

Discography

"Early Summer Sketch" - Bjorn Wennas Quartet, January 2003
"Sogno" - Carmen Marsico, April 2003
"Static" - Bjorn Wennas, July 2005

Set List

1st SET (45 min.):
Flow (Music by B. Wennas)
Scalinatella (1948, Music by G. Chioffi/Lyrics by E. Bonagura)
Song 2 (Music by B. Wennas)
Sail Away (T. Harrell)
Motion (Music by B. Wennas)
The Wave (Music by C. Marsico, Lyric by E. Bishop)
'Stu Core Mio (1555, Orlando di Lasso)

2nd SET (45 min.):
Mindgames (Music by B. Wennas)
Love Song (Music by B. Wennas, Lyric by E.E. Cummings))
Jesce Sole (1200, traditional chant)
Pensieri Danzanti (Music by C. Marsico)
Over Me (Music by C. Marsico, Lyric by B. Wennas)
P.I.N.Y. (Music by B. Wennas)