Born in Copenhagen Denmark, percussionist Markus Schwartz grew up in an American household surrounded by jazz, and has devoted the last twenty years to learning the wealth and complexity of traditional Haitian drum music. Moving in and out of Haiti since the early 1990s, Markus followed the lead of Haitian percussionists on pilgrimages into the countryside to learn the intricate and powerful Vodou drums. Markus was a founding member of the ground-breaking Haitian Jazz quintet Mozayik and the Buyu Ambroise & Blues in Red Band, Markus has recorded and/or performed around the world with many of Haiti's finest musicians, including “Queen of Haitian Song” Emeline Michel and Hip-Hop superstar Wyclef Jean. In late 2008, Markus recorded a 'solo' project featuring an all-star cast of invited guests. Tanbou nan Lakou Brooklyn/Haitian Drums in the Brooklyn Yard was featured extensively on National Public Radio and reached #3 on the JazzWeek World radio charts.
Extensive collection of authentic hand-made Haitian ritual
drums & percussion instruments: Rada, Petwo, Kongo,
Banda, Nago, Rara and more.
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Percussionist Markus Schwartz came to Miami with a new quartet, (they) embarked on a swinging set of delightful tunes punctuated with dazzling improvised solos. Band leader, Haitian-drums player Markus Schwartz was in great company with a splendid quartet. Few drummers have the aptitude to rise to the level of artistry Markus achieved. This true Afro-Haitian sound will stamp our identity in the jazz world.
- Karl Joseph, Karijazz (May 12, 2010)
It's always so inspiring when American-based musicians mine the riches of their exotic heritage, and this five-piece New York band offers a stirring invitation to explore the vast rhythmic riches of its Afro-Haitian roots
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Twenty years experience in traditional Haitian drum music.
Extensive travels in Haiti, learning from many master Haitian
drummers. Private and group lessons available. Private
studio available for classes. Available for performances and
lecture demonstrations on Haitian music, dance and culture.
Fluent in Haitian Creole.