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.