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Mario Layne Fabrizio

Mario Layne Fabrizio (b.1996) is a creator in many idioms: he is a drummer/percussionist, composer, writer and visual artist. He has performed with notable musicians such as Cecil McBee, Claudio Roditi, and Joe Morris, and premiered the theatre piece The Black Clown. Some notable performances include those at the Salzburg Jazz Festival (Austria), Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC & Shanghai, China), Panama Jazz Festival, Birdland (NYC), The Whitney Museum (NYC), Kunming’s International Drum Festival (China) and The Kennedy Center (DC). In 2020, he was selected to compose for National Sawdust for their New Works Commission. His focus and methodology is largely based around creating stories with various substrata that have freedom within a creative malleable structure and works that have different dramatis personae that use various modes of development. He focuses on creating innovative new works, but, he also draws upon methodologies from the past and approaches them in fresh, unique ways. Fabrizio does not discriminate unnecessarily by genre and medium; he blends comedy, film, dance, literature, visual art and more in his work. Spirituality, the intuition, dimension and dreams highly inform his practice.


National Sawdust Commission Grantee 2020 YoungArts 2014, 2015

”One of those, “Of the Trellis,” a smoky piece by the drummer Mario Layne Fabrizio, becomes a fertile meeting ground for Laila Smith’s voice and Raef Sengupta’s alto saxophone” (NY TIMES Giovanni Russonello)

“Of the trellis,” Smith's voice twins with Sengupta's alto, constructing a wordless, sweeping, ballad that unfolds by offering almost whimsical spaces for vocalist, saxophonist, bassist, and pianist to meander toward an explorational center as the collective explodes in a crescendo of drums and sweeping vocals before winding back down to discover an entirely different path.” (All Music Thom Jurek)

“ferocious but subtle drumming,” (LondonJazzNews)

“Tropos is the real deal! Laila, Phillip, Mario, Zach, and Raef are all exceptional performers, fearless improvisers, and extraordinary listeners

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