Mark Guiliana is 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 was chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2017, while DownBeat dubbed him a Rising Star in its Critics Poll. Along with leading his own groups—the acoustic Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet and electronica-minded Beat Music—the drummer has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings with others, notably including Blackstar, David Bowie’s multiple Grammy Award-winning final album. He’s also collaborated with Brad Mehldau, Donny McCaslin, John Scofield, Meshell Ndegeocello, Loueke, Avishai Cohen, reggae/hip-hop artist Matisyahu and others.
Jersey, Guiliana’s newest album as a leader, was released in September 2017 by Motéma Music. Called “his strongest statement yet” by the LA Times, it’s Guiliana’s answer to a question posed by using the traditional palette of saxophone, piano, bass and drums. “How creative can we be inside this box—how much freedom and experimentation can we find?”