Mark Guiliana

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Mark Guiliana

Mark Guiliana (born 1980, Florham Park, New Jersey, United States) is an American drummer, composer, and leader of the band Beat Music. He is known for his playing with Avishai Cohen, Brad Mehldau, David Bowie, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, Jason Lindner, Lionel Loueke, Avishai Cohen (bassist), Dhafer Youssef, Tigran Hamasyan, Matisyahu, European piano trio Phronesis (band) and his old band Heernt.


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,”[1] 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."[citation needed]


As a leader[edit]

Mark Guiliana[edit]

  • My Life Starts Now (2014)
  • BEAT MUSIC The Los Angeles Improvisations (2014)
  • Beat Music (2012)
  • EP (2010)

Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana[edit]


  • Locked in a Basement (2006)

As a sideman[edit]

With David Bowie[edit]

With Donny McCaslin[edit]

  • Perpetual Motion (Donny McCaslin album)|Perpetual Motion (2011)
  • Casting for Gravity (2012)
  • Fast Future (2014)

With Gretchen Parlato[edit]

  • Live in NYC (2013)

With Lionel Loueke[edit]

  • Heritage (Lionel Loueke album)|Heritage (2012)

With Avishai Cohen[edit]

  • Lyla (2003)
  • At Home (Avishai Cohen album)|At Home (2004)
  • Continuo (2006)
  • As is...Live at the Blue Note (2007)
  • Gently Disturbed (2008)
  • Sha'ot Regishot (2008)

With Matisyahu[edit]

  • Akeda (2014)

With Jason Lindner ("Now VS Now")[edit]

  • Now VS Now (2009)
  • Earth Analog (2013)

With Chris Morrissey[edit]

  • North Hero (2013)

With Dumpster Hunter[edit]

  • Frustration In Time Travel (2013)

With Daniel Zamir[edit]

  • Song For Comfort (2012)

With Brad Shepik[edit]

  • Across The Way (2011)

With Dhafer Youssef[edit]

  • Abu Nawas Rhapsody (2010)

With Aaron Dugan[edit]

  • Theory of Everything (album)|Theory of Everything (2010)

With Phronesis[edit]

  • Alive! (Phronesis album)|Alive (2010)

With Michael Severson ("Mob of Unruly Angels")[edit]

  • Mob of Unruly Angels (2010)


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