Take Five With Markus Schwartz
Did you know... I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. My birthday is September 23 (Equinox like John Coltrane!). My dog can climb trees.
How do you use the internet to help your career? I recently (finally!) set up a MySpace page which has helped me network with a lot of musicians and fans.
I maintain Mozayik's website and email list, which we constantly update with pictures, music clips and more.
I am working on getting some YouTube videos going next.
CDs you are listening to now: Angels in the Mirror (Ellipsis Arts); Mizik Tradisyonel d'Ayiti (series) (Crowing Rooster); Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Sone Ka La (Universal France); Gregorio "El Goyo" Hernandez, La Rumba es Cubana (Egrem); Coro Folklorico Cubano. En Un Solar Habanero (Egrem).
Desert Island picks: Hopefully i would get stranded with my iPod!
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Jazz ain't dead, but it sure smells funny (Frank Zappa).
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Music programs in public schools.
Make live jazz accessible to all (price-wise).
What is in the near future? 3rd Annual Haitian Jazz Festival is scheduled for November at Lincoln Center in NYC.
I'm currently working on a solo project and hope to also collaborate with many of the talented artists I have been fortunate enough to work with in the past years.
By Day: Print Graphic Design (currently freelancing at an ad agency). Also teaching private drum classes, along with the gigs and studio sessions.