@ the Purcell Room
17 November 2014
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Marilyn Mazur (born 1955) is a percussionist, drummer, composer,
vocalist, pianist, dancer, and bandleader. She was born in New York
and has lived in Denmark from age six. She is of Polish and African-American
descent. From 1975 she has worked as percussionist with various
groups, among others the group Six Winds with Alex Riel. Mazur is
primarily autodidact, but she has taken a degree in percussion at
the Royal Danish Conservatory.
Mazur has worked with many musicians: John Tchicai, Pierre Dørge
(New Jungle Orchestra), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Palle
Mikkelborg, Arild Andersen, Eberhard Weber, Peter Kowald, Jeanne
Lee, Jan Garbarek, Miles Davis, and Gil Evans, to mention a few.
In 1989 she founded her band Future Song with pianist Elvira Plenar,
singer Aina Kemanis, trumpet player Nils Petter Molvær, her
husband Klavs Hovmann (bass), and Audun Kleive as second drummer.
In a second project Percussion Paradise she is working regularly
with percussionists Benita Haastrup, Lisbeth Diers, and Birgit Løkke.
The U.S. magazine Down Beat in 1989, 1990 and 1995 selected Mazur
as a “percussion-talent deserving wider recognition”.
In 2001 she was awarded with the “Jazzpar prize”, the
world’s largest international jazz prize.