Beat Music, David Bowie
Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana has chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll multiple times, and DownBeat has dubbed him a Rising Star in its Critics Poll. JazzTimes aptly proclaimed: “Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation.” Along with leading his own groups – the acoustic Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet and electronic-minded BEAT MUSIC – the drummer has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings with others. The verve and precision of Guiliana’s drumming is prominently on display on Blackstar, David Bowie’s multiple GRAMMY Award-winning final album. Guiliana teamed with keyboardist Brad Mehldau as the duo Mehliana for the Nonesuch release Taming the Dragon, and he has also collaborated with such artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer-songwriter Matt Cameron, guitar hero John Scofield, British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas, bassist Avishai Cohen, and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato. Guiliana’s most recent release BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC! BEAT MUSIC! was nominated for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards.
Improvising! Being in the moment and making the best music I can.
Play with other musicians as much as possible, and always put the music first.
14" Avedis Hi Hats. They work in a wide variety of musical environments.
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