Born in Pisa, Italy, and based in the New York City area, Marco Accattatis began his music studies at age eight on acoustic guitar. It wasn't until later in life, after a brief period trying learn the organ, that he begun playing bass guitar. This happened when his older brother Livio asked him to join his rock'n'roll band. Within a couple of years as a self-taught bassist Marco realized that music was becoming a lifelong passion and so he decided to get a formal music education once and for all.
As his studies continued to progress he was eventually awarded a scholarship at the Berklee in Umbria Jazz Clinics at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. It was then that he decided to move the United Sates and attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating summa cum laude in composition and performance in 1995 he relocated to New York City upon being offered a residency at the NYU New Music Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Esther Lamneck where he collaborated with choreographer Douglas Dunn. He now lives in Jersey City, NJ.
Over the years Marco has had the pleasure to share the stage with many talented artists such as Andy Anderson, Martin "Martino" Atangana (Jean-Luc Ponty, Paul Simon), Randy Brecker, Kristy Cates, Kelton Cooper (Kool And The Gang), Yanick Etienne, Paget Knebel (Engelbert Humperdink), Gene Lake (D'Angelo, Maxwell, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn), B.D. Lenz, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Lew Soloff (Gil Evans, Tito Puente), Tony Trischka (Bela Fleck), Frankie Valli, Shawn 'Thunder' Wallace (Victor Wooten), and actor Sigourney Weaver.
His radio, TV, and film credits include Fox, MTV, MTVLA, NJN, WISC-TV, E Town, WBQX, WFUV, WKXW, WNJU, and WRUW. His compositions have been performed in Europe and the United Sates.
Besides performing, Marco is a doctoral candidate in musicology and a part-time lecturer in music history at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He is also President of the Rutgers University Musicological Society. His academic research can be viewed here.
As a transcriber, he has been collaborating with the weekly Ezine First Bass And Beyond since 2012. As an arranger, he worked for the UK based music production and publishing company Artemis Media Music.
Click here to view Marco's curriculum vitae.
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