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Markus Schwartz


Born in Copenhagen Denmark, Grammy-nominated percussionist, recording artist and educator Markus Schwartz has devoted more than twenty-five years to learning the wealth and complexity of traditional Haitian religious 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 drumming styles of the various lakou—historic religious compounds—such as Badjo, Soukri and Souvenance. Settling in Brooklyn in the late 1990's, Markus became a sought-after drummer at Haitian religious ceremonies, and was instrumental in creating the ground-breaking Haitian Jazz quintet Mozayik, bringing his informed arrangements of Vodou rhythms to jazz standards, Haitian traditional songs and Mozayik’s original compositions


Path of Seven Colors

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2021
Track listing:
2015: An Opening; Reds; Country Line; Dagger; Ibo; Notions of Purity; Six A.M.
2021: Woule Pou Mwen; Here's The Light; Leaves Arrive; Women of Iron; Lord of Healing; Raw Urbane; Path of Seven Colors; The Vulgar Cycle.


Article: Album Review

Ches Smith / We All Break: Path of Seven Colors

Read "Path of Seven Colors" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In his group We All Break, drummer Ches Smith puts together a robust hybrid of the rhythms of Haitian Voudou music and the free- flowing impulsiveness of modern jazz. The basic music and lyrics of the songs here are based on traditional Haitian melodies. The group builds from that foundation, starting with the tangled interplay of ...


Article: Album Review

Ches Smith’s We All Break: Path of Seven Colors

Read "Path of Seven Colors" reviewed by Vic Albani

Il fatto che da qualche anno la produzione discografica non sia più nelle strette mani delle multinazionali sta man mano aprendo infinite possibilità per gli artisti più creativi e, quantomeno in questo caso, ai nomi collegabili all'avanguardia. Oramai la situazione è chiarissima per i fruitori della stessa (in breve, a noi ascoltatori). Si brindi ...


Article: Album Review

Pauline Jean: Nwayo

Read "Nwayo" reviewed by James Nadal

One cannot properly realize the music of vocalist Pauline Jean without delving into the history of Haiti, as they are intrinsically intertwined. She has the innate ability to seamlessly flow within her ancestral culture while very much being the modern artist living the creative life. Her sophomore release Nwayo--Haitian Kreyol for core or center--is an amalgam ...


Vo-Duo Nou La EPK

Featuring the music of Markus Schwartz
Duration: 7:50

Percussionist Markus Schwartz & guitarist/vocalist Monvelyno Alexis - Vo-Duo present their Haitian influenced "Nou La" release.


Vo - Duo EPK

Featuring the music of Markus Schwartz
Duration: 7:50

Percussionist Markus Schwartz & guitarist/vocalist Monvelyno Alexis present their release "Vo Duo".

Article: Album Review

Various Artists: KariJazz Presents Yanvablue

Read "KariJazz Presents Yanvablue" reviewed by James Nadal

In attempt to assist the Haitian jazz artists after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, the Karijazz label has released Yanvablue , a double-disc production featuring selections by the best Kreyol Jazz musicians, who cleared and donated the songs, complete with extensive liner notes and musician credits. These musicians remain active, in spite of the ...


Article: New York Beat

Jazz International

Read "Jazz International" reviewed by Nick Catalano

More and more recordings from offshore jazz musicians keep arriving in my mailbox each month and they are beginning to outnumber domestic releases. This is an obvious sign of the exponential growth of internationalism in the music and a signal to American jazz critics that their reviewing responsibility must include ample coverage of this phenomenon.


News: Radio

JazzWeek Radio Chart: February 8, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Steve Hobbs Vibes, Straight Up (Challenge) 246 224 +22 6 59 1 5 2 — — Gil Scott-Heron I’m New Here (XL) 223 — +223 35 36 2 1 3 2 22 Ahmad Jamal A Quiet Time (Dreyfus) 221 210 +11 ...


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