NY Artist Q&A: Marius van den Brink

For this series of bloggy interviews, I’ve shared questions with young artists and musicians living in New York. This time: pianist Marius van den Brink. He moved to New York only a few years ago to study at Suny Purchase University. And, since we are both Dutch, obviously we connected 🙂 I’m excited that he wanted to be part of this little Q&A – couch session. In addition to the questions, we met up and played a few songs in my place in Brooklyn together.

Q&A with Marius van den Brink

* WHERE ARE YOU FROM, WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT HOME?

I’m from the Netherlands, I was born in Borger in Drenthe in the countryside.
The thing I miss most for sure is my family and friends. I also miss the Rotterdam vibe.

* FAVORITE PLACE IN THE CITY

Mezzrow, its an amazing intimate jazz club in the Village.

* FAVORITE NEW MUSIC

Andy Laverne – Faith
Now vs Now – The Buffering Cocoon

* FAVORITE OLD MUSIC

I like to listen to too many different things from Joe Henderson, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Herbie Hancock to Steely Dan, Nina Pastori, Ara Dinkjjan

* WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NON-MUSIC THING TO DO

Traveling, I love traveling.

* WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON MUSICALLY

I’ve been touring this summer with the New York Gypsy All-Stars through Europe and playing concerts in Greece with the Maria Manousaki Quartet. I’m also working on my debut album which will hopefully be released early 2020.

* WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FANBOY MOMENT?

I guess handing out all these signatures after my first concert with the Gypsys. That was something totally new for me haha.

* CRAZIEST GIG EXPERIENCE

I’ve played some gigs in prisons for prisoners in the Netherlands. That was something.

* WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

Hopefully still touring around the world surrounded by amazing musicians and friends.

* YOUR WEBSITE

www.mariusvandenbrink.com

* LINK TO A VIDEO OF YOU

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