danish Composer, Bandleader, Percussionist
Born 1955 in New York, lived in Denmark from 1961
Active in the 70’ies as a dancer, composer and pianist. Switched to percussion and drums as her main instruments when she was 19.
Since then Marilyn has been active as a composer, bandleader and musician in a vast number of connections. She has been a member of the orchestras of i.e. Miles Davis(1985-89), Wayne Shorter(1987) and Jan Garbarek(1991-2005), touring in the entire world with these names.
Marilyn leads her own bands and special projects, often based in Denmark. Besides these projects, she composes music for film, theatre etc.
In the more recent years, her music has been heard in:
MM’s Shamania (11-piece women music theatre, formed 2015)
MM’s Trylleorkester (Magic music for and with children,live and illustrated CD )
MM’s Future Song (20 years jubilee 2009, 3 CD-releases)
Percussion Paradise (2000-2007)
Marilyn Mazur Group (with i.e. Fredrik Lundin)
Makiko Hirabayashi Trio (3 CDs)
MM’s Celestial Circle (w. John Taylor, Anders Jormin, Josefine Cronholm, ECM-CD juni 2011)
Eksistens Choir Project (w. Tritonus choir+Quartet)
Zoom Trio w. Mazur and Mike Sheridan
Cronholm/Mazur/Jonsson Trio (CD 2014: Flamingo Sky)
and in various projects:
The dance-production Blueprint (w. Åben Dans 2005)
Spirit Cave (w. Jan Bang, Nils Petter Molvær and Eivind Aarset)
Christian Braad Thomsen’s portraitfilm MM-Queen of Percussion (2006)
All the Birds (Jazzparprize concert row and dbl.-CD, released 2002)
solo-CD for ECM (with Jan Garbarek as guest) 2008 Elixir
Palle Mikkelborgs projects
Camilla Plums gardening program in danish national television
Thomas Agergaard Trio and his collaboration w. Reed5
2008 was an especially intense and productive year for Marilyn.
She was Artist in Residence at the Molde Int. Jazzfestival, where she created 6 different concertprojects/constellations with her own music.
The same year she composed new music for i.e :
FlipFlap (danceperformance for kids)
Sigurd Slembe (norwegian theatre)
Beggars opera* (2 hours of live music for Cantabile 2’s nonverbal musictheatre)
One Wheel Suite (for the Tritonuschoir+one-wheel-cycle-percussion for Unicycle
VM’s opening ceremoni)
* The live-theatre-music for this performance is released in 2010 as one half of a double-CD with Marilyn Mazur Group.
Also 2015 and 2016 were very intense years for Marilyn, where she i.e. played lots of concerts with her own bands, formed and composed for the new group Shamania and was a soloist in Lars Møllers Rewrite of Spring. Marilyn creates and performs continuously in numerous exiting projects, specialising in large set-ups with instruments from most of the world. She also composes and plays soloconcerts for children and grown-ups.
Marilyn has received many danish and international awards in her long carreer, i.e. the Jazzparprize (2001), the Wilhelm Hansens Composers Award and the international/german Eurocore (2010).
Marilyn Mazur Group - Magic Box
jazzahead! 2017 – Marilyn Mazur's Shamania