Mark Guiliana is a drummer, composer, educator, producer and founder of Beat Music Productions; through which he released My Life Starts Now and Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations as a bandleader.
His conceptual approach to the instrument is also featured in Mehliana, the electric duo featuring Brad Mehldau on keyboards and synthesizers. The group’s debut album, Taming the Dragon (Nonesuch), was released in early 2014.
Over the past decade, Guiliana’s extensive touring has taken him across six continents with artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Matisyahu, Lionel Loueke, Now vs. Now, Dhafer Youssef, and his own groups, Beat Music and Heernt. He has also appeared on over 30 recordings to date.
Guiliana has been described by the New York Times as “a drummer around whom a cult of admiration has formed,” while Time Out London writes: "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"
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