carlo muscat jazz musician saxophonist malta

Carlo Muscat

Born in 1988, on the island of Malta, Carlo began his musical education and explored his love for jazz music at the age of eleven. Little did he know that at some point he would be aspiring to the likes of Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano and Mark Turner, to name a few, in search of inspiration for his musical creations. Muscat describes his musical journey as an awakening process – one that is ceaseless, expressive and allows for freedom of interpretation. He made a name for himself through the local performances he gave around the island as he slowly began collaborating with renowned local and international musicians. In the year 2012, he was awarded a prestigious scholarship from Berklee School of Music and also had the opportunity to perform with and learn from Charles Gatt, founder of the Malta International Jazz Festival and a notable drummer. With his now diverse knowledge and extensive experience as a jazz saxophonist, he performs regularly at a number of local and international gigs and has gained exposure at prestigious venues around Europe, while continuing to collaborate with the who’s-who of the Maltese and European jazz scene.

carlo muscat jazz musician saxophonist malta

The Parisian music scene, led to the creation of his first album for The Sound Catalogues Vol.1 – Extraordinary Episodes, featuring the likes of Mátyás Szandai, Sandro Zerafa, Daniele Raimondi, Joe Debono and Lionel Boccara. The group had worked on a collaborative project earlier, which was presented at the Malta Jazz Festival, honed and guided under the eminent guitarist, Sandro Zerafa. Apart from performing at these festivals, Muscat has performed at the prestigious Manoel Theatre in Malta, the renowned Sunset Sunside in Paris and the Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul together with pianist Burak Bedikyan’s trio.

 A seasoned musician, Muscat is known for his fresh take on jazz music and his unabashed use of improvisation, making the tunes of his compositions markedly his own. His most recent album, Explorations, is an experimentation on extending the conventions of jazz music to incorporate a series of influences from other genres. He continues to work on subsequent volumes and to study music, exploring uncharted domains for him to develop upon