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Marcello Maio is a musician, composer and musical director.Accomplished in piano, piano-accordion, keyboards and flute, his trademark musicianship and versatility across a range of musical genres has established Marcello in some of Sydney’s most highly acclaimed Latin, Jazz and World music ensembles.
Recognised as one of the Top 20 Music Performers in NSW during HSC in 2004, Marcello went on to graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2008, completing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz performance) under Mike Nock, Judy Bailey and Matt McMahon.
Raised in a musical family, Marcello regularly performs with his father Ross Maio (accordion virtuoso) in From Caruso to Bocelli and Viva La Fisarmonica Show. Since joining the Triple Aria award-winning band Monsieur Camembert in 2004, Marcello has performed in Bangkok, Canada, West Timor, New York, Shanghai and the Gypsy Jazz festival in New Caledonia as well as a myriad of notable Australian music festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Noosa Jazz festival, Dreaming festival, Australian World Music Expo, Adelaide Cabaret festival and Brisbane festival.
Equally at home with Brazilian and Jazz styles as he is with European and African-American styles, Marcello’s interpretation and personal engagement with a diverse range of repertoire has seen him as a resident solo artist on SBS TV’s popular comedy series In Siberia Tonight.
Marcello composes for a range of projects, most notably his extensive collaboration with Ngaiire and Samba Mundi. Maio was commissioned in 2008 by Music Australas to write a 20 minute Tango work for the Compass saxophone quartet and in 2009 wrote the soundtrack to the Australian film documentary‘Tea with Madame Close’. Marcello has most recently collaborated with Roland Peelman on a series of arrangements and written a composition for the vocal ensemble, Song Company.Most recently he collaborated with classical pianist Ambre Hammond to record and perform works from Astor Piazolla.
Tonight Marcello will play original compositions and music from The Great American Songbook, Brazil, Italy, France and Cuba.
Marcello Maio (piano, accordion) Phil Stack (bass) James Waples (drums)