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Mar Dizon
Mar Dizon
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Country: Philippines
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Mar Dizon grew up playing rock, soul, and funk which all began at a place called Happy Valley -- a nightclub that was home to his roots as a musician. From covers like Led Zep, Tower of Power, Temptations, Commodores, Doobie Brothers, and Juan de la Cruz band, other influences also ranged within dance music.

Early influences like John Bonham, Pepe Smith, Roy Mercado, Edmund Fortuno, and Ian Paice, were later augmented by Billy Cobham, Tony Velarde, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Jack DeJohnette, and Elvin Jones.

Although he went to the University of the Philippines to take up music majoring in percussions, Mar is a self-taught drummer.

While in U.P.,he became the resident drummer for the U.P. Jazz Ensemble and a percussionist for the Philippine Youth Orchestra. It was also during these times Mar discovered ethnic music and began studying and learning how to play Philippine indigenous instruments like the kulintang, the nose flute, other bamboo intruments, plus a wide variety of indigenous percussion instruments. This is where Mar draws inspiration for his song writing which won him several awards as a composer and arranger at the prestigious KATHA and AWIT awards.

As a band member, Mar co-founded Side A, formed Artstart, and was a huge part of Parliament Syndicate, having done tours and recordings with them all.

As an all-around drummer, he has played with Eddie Henderson, Kevyn Lettau, Julia Fordham, Alan Brunett, Alex Wilson, Bruce Conte, Pauline Wilson, and more. In the local scene, Mar has worked with almost everybody.

Currently pursuing his interest in jazz, he's been to the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Singapore International Jazz Festival, Carl's Reserve Jazz Festival in Malaysia, and The Bali International Jazz Festival. He also plays with jazz bands such as Buhay, Akasha, Jazz Volunteers, and Merk and Friends.

A Zildjian endorser since 1995, Mar has shared stage with Dennis Chambers at the 1st Zildjian Day in Manila in 1997.

Dividing his time between the music scenes in Manila, playing with bands and doing session work, Mar further inspires and shares his knowledge by founding and teaching at the Progressive Drum Methods, while also being a faculty member at the University of the Philippines College of Music Extension Program.

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