Marcello Benetti

Drummer. Improviser. Composer.



Marcello was born near Venice in 1972. He started playing guitar when he was 9 years old and drums when he was 14. He's a professional musician since 2003. From 2011 is a permanent resident of the city of New Orleans.

As a COMPOSER Marcello has released 5 albums in the last 8-9 years (see "+Albums" page).

MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST: on the new release "The Coffee Suite" Marcello plays all the instruments,  (

TRAPPER KEAPER it’s a space-funk duo Marcello co-leads with Will Thompson on keys (

As a DRUMMER, Marcello plays with Papa Mali, Chip Wilson, Cary Hudson, Sam Price.

As a VIBRAPHONIST, Marcello plays in Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium and in the band Skeptic Moon

As an IMPROVISER, Marcello had a chance of sharing the stage or working on projects with Tim Berne, Nicole Mitchell, Jeb Bishop, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jonathan Freilich, Mike Dillon, Helen Gillet, Jeff Albert, Pasquale Mirra, Silvia Bolognesi, Fabrizio Puglisi.

As a PROMOTER, from 2013 for 5 editions, Marcello, along with friend and trombonist Jeff Albert, has been running the first improvised music fest in New Orleans: HIP Fest (Hosting Improviser Performers), an annual meeting of prominent national and international musical improvisers and the New Orleans improvised music community. ( 

In 2016 his first experience working with TEATHER: he's part of the music session of The Merchant in Venice, Compagnia de' Colombari, under the direction of Karin Coonrod, music by and with Frank London.



  • SUPUESTO BLUE - Supuesto Blue - 2009 - Caligola Records

  • SHUFFLED 4ET - Shuffled - 2012 - Caligola Records

  • SHUFFLED 4ET - From East to West - 2014 - Caligola Records

  • TRAPPER KEAPER - Trapper Keaper - 2016 - D4B Records

  • MARCELLO BENETTI - Il Vizio! - 2017 - Independent/Caligola Records (EU)

  • MARCELLO BENETTI - The Coffee Suite - 2018 - Independent

  • TRAPPER KEAPER - Meets Aurora Nealand And Tim Berne - 2019 - E&E Records/Caligola Records


  • ALVISE SEGGI - SingUm - 2006 - Anelli Records

  • STEVE MARQUETTE 5EY - I Knew it then - 2013 - Two Cities Records

  • LONG SIDEWALKS (Jeff Albert - Jeb Bishop) - Staffa - 2015 - B4D Records

  • McGRAIN-OZAKI-BENETTI - M.O.B. - 2016 - Immersion Records

  • CHIP WILSON - Tin Pan Highway - 2018 - Artistshare