About Marc Rossi and the Marc Rossi Group:
“...Very nice indeed. Not only the time signatures, but the modulations.” — John McLaughlin, guitar legend and Grammy winner
“Marc Rossi is the hip guru of jazz-Indian fusion. [He combines] the tightness and precision of Indian improvisation with the freedom of jazz expression.” --Richard Stoltzman, Grammy winning clarinet soloist.
“Pianist Marc Rossi is onto something here...his music is high energy, high concept, and high culture." — Walter Kolosky, jazz critic and author
Marc Rossi’s ambitious genre-transcending career and inclusive compositions led Down Beat magazine to call him "one of the dynamic few whose musical and cultural awareness travels exponentially in many different directions." A versatile contemporary classical and jazz composer, jazz pianist and educator, Rossi has been a vital part of Boston's rich music scene since the early 1980’s. A longtime student of both Hindustani and Carnatic Indian music, Rossi's recent output with his own jazz fusion ensemble The Marc Rossi Group explores the intersection of Eastern and Western music, seamlessly melding progressive jazz with classical Indian scales and modes.
Rossi is currently a full-time Professor of Piano and Jazz Composition at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, a position he's held since 1989. Holding a Master’s Degree in Composition from New England Conservatory (NEC), Rossi studied with William Thomas McKinley, Lydian Concept with George Russell, Jazz Piano with Jaki Byard and Charlie Banacos, N. Indian music and sitar with Peter Row, and S. Indian music with VR Venkataraman.
The Marc Rossi Group released its first recording We Must Continue (MMC Recordings) in 1996. The critically acclaimed 2008 release Hidden Mandala, featuring contributions from Indian musicians, was named a "Pick of the Month" by Jazz.com, giving the album a high score of 94/100. The Group's latest effort, Mantra Revealed, was released in January 2012 on the renowned Innova label. Marc also collaborated with Indian satoor maestro Satish Vyas, to record the groundbreaking CD Resonance, released on SONY MUSIC in 2013.
In addition to his own group, Rossi has performed in may notable jazz groups including Stan Strickland and Ascension, the Jimmy Guiffre 4, Natraj, The Robert Moore Quartet, and George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra, appearing on the latter’s Grammy nominated landmark Blue Note releases, The African Game and So What. His pieces have been performed and premiered by many renowned musicians like The Czech Radio Symphony of Prague, the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Jeffrey Jacob, cellist Raphael Popper-Keizer, the Arden String Quartet, Indian classical guitarist Prasanna, cellist Xin-Hua Ma, pianists Cameron Grant and Tania Stavreva, violinist Sharan Leventhal, jazz historian/pianist Lewis Porter, and the Berklee Faculty Jazz Orchestra.