Carlo Costa Profiled

Source: Jazz Right Now.

Carlo Costa has played a transformative role on the New York improvised music scene since he moved here in 2005. Originally from Rome, he studied at Berklee College of Music before moving to the city and studying with master percussionist Susie Ibarra through CUNY-City College. Since arriving in New York, Costa has been a major presence in the improvised music scene with a wholly unique approach to creating sounds with percussion instruments. He has led his own quartet and trio as well as being an integral part of the collective band Earth Tongues which is set to release its third record, Atem, on October 31. Costa has also forged a deep musical connection with bassist Sean Ali in numerous groups and improvised settings. Additionally, Costa founded his own record label, Neither/Nor Records in 2014 which has served as a vital springboard for key parts of the Brooklyn avant-garde scene. Neither/Nor has already released a dozen records, including most recently fellow-percussionist Flin van Hemmen’s release, Casting Spells and the Coves, on September 27. A record from Costa’s trio will be released in 2020.