“What happens when you add hard bop drum masters Elvin Jones and Art Blakey to a 1980s Roland 808 drum machine, divide the result by J Dilla and then multiply to the power of Squarepusher? Answer: Mark Guiliana” Timeout London.
According to Modern Drummer magazine, Mark Guiliana “may well be at the forefront of an exciting new style of drumming.” The New Jersey native’s unique and un-compromised approach to playing the drums has earned him international acclaim as both a leader and a sideman.
In 2004, Mark created HEERNT, his ‘experimental-garage-jazz’ trio based out of New York. The band’s debut record, Locked In A Basement, was released in the spring of 2006 and was met with praise from critics and musicians alike. Legendary drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) called the record “the most exuberant, dramatic, beautiful, sassy, genre-busting little outing that I’ve heard since I don’t know when.”
As a sideman, Mark’s longest partnership has come alongside world-renowned jazz bassist Avishai Cohen. He toured all over the world with Avishai from 2003 until 2008 while appearing on six studio records, and a live DVD recorded at the Blue Note in New York City. Mark has also recorded and/or performed with Meshell Ndegeocello, Dhafer Youssef, Wayne Krantz, Matisyahu, Edmar Castaneda, Jazz Mandolin Project, Jason Lindner, Lionel Louke, Gretchen Parlato, Brad Shepik, Bobby McFerrin, Tigran Hamasyan, and many more.
He is currently working with world renowned pianist Brad Mehldau in a new genre defying duo format known as MEHLIANA as well as touring his new record as leader, BEAT MUSIC.