The sounds of Haiti come to MMG


During the second week of February 2009 Marcus Schwartz, a renown percussionist, delighted our students by bringing his unique workshops to the MMG program. Markus specializes in Haitian music and percussion. Students were taught a bit of history, culture and rhythms of Haiti. Mr. Schwartz utilizes technology in a very innovative way. He builds complete songs by using looping technology, this allows students to better understand the complex rhythms and how they work together. Markus visited MS233, MS254, X296 and Mott Hall High School.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and raised in a house full of jazz music in the United States, Markus Schwartz has spent the past 17 years deeply immersed in the world of traditional Haitian drum music.

Markus has traveled the world with his Haitian drums, performing at festivals and concerts across the U.S., throughout the Caribbean islands (Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadalupe), Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan. As an educator, Markus has taught group and individual drumming classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Fe, NM, Rancho La Puerta, Mexico, Hartford, CT, Vermont and New York City and has participated in lecture-demonstrations on traditional Haitian drum music at San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, Laney College, Mills College, St. Mary’s College and the Caribbean Cultural Center, among many other locations.