"I like melodies that engage the listener's attention by their musicality and pulsating swing. I’ve listened to many of Wynton Kelly's recordings and it is his sense of swing that captures me. This is the magic that I attempt to put into my repertoire."

Marta Karassawa holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and works today as a pianist, arranger and composer. She was invited to participate as an arranger and conductor at the concert "Tribute to Tom Jobim"  at the Berklee Performance Center on the occasion of Jobim's death. She worked there with Luciana Souza, the Brazilian singer living in the United States, among others. As a leader of her own trio she has toured Germany and the United States.
 
Marta divides her time leading the Marta Karassawa Quintet (playing in the style of the great jazz quintets of the forties and fifties), playing with the quartet “Baroque&Blues” mixing baroque music with jazz and giving jazz-piano-lessons. 
 
The Marta Karassawa Quintet was nominated through the project "Prata da Casa" of the Brazilian cultural institution SESC – best Brazilian jazz formation and was one of the highlights on the third festival of this project in December 2006. In 2007 her quintet was playing festivals in Poço de Caldas/Brazil and São Paulo. In 2009 they appeared in the project ASTRA FINAMAX in Jundiaî/ Brazil recorded for TV.
 
Marta Karassawa has worked as a pianist on various recordings, including "Canja" by vibraphone player Andre Juarez.http://www.andrejuarez.comshapeimage_5_link_0
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Marta Karassawa - jazz pianist