Photo of Mario Layne Fabrizio in front of a wall with a colorful painting mounted on it.

Mario Layne Fabrizio

Mario Layne Fabrizio is a composer, drummer, percussionist,visual artist, filmmaker and writer. Around the world, his work has been presented at places like the The Whitney Museum (NYC), Salzburg Jazz Festival (Austria), Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC & Shanghai, China), Panama Jazz Festival, Birdland (NYC), Kunming’s International Drum Festival (China) and The Kennedy Center (DC). Throughout the years he has performed with notable musicians such as Cecil Mcbee, Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta, Santi DeBriano, Joe Morris, Ali Boulo Santo Cissoko, Jason Palmer, Oran Etkin, Noah Preminger, and Volker Goetze. He premiered Arturo O’Farrill’s piece Little Tiny Walls, theatre piece “The Black Clown” at American Repertory Theatre, and played for Jason Moran’s STAGED exhibition. London Jazz News describes him as “ferocious but subtle,” and Steve Smith of On The Record says that he presents “with assurance, charisma and infectious enthusiasm.” You can find interviews about him in Seattle Refined as the artist of the week. Compositions of his have been acknowledged by the New York Times, Allmusic, France Musique, and commissioned by National Sawdust, is a finalist fellow for EBCP. Mario has won two YoungArts awards, and grants to support his works, a National Sawdust composition commission, and has been supported by MassMOCA, Assets for Artists, Mass Cultural Council, and the Foundation for Contemporary art. Mario graduated with a BA in Jazz Studies from Boston’s New England Conservatory in 2018 and studied with an array of teachers like Jabali Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, Joe Morris, and Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran and before grew in the Jazz House Kids programs in NJ led by Melissa Walker and Christian McBride, which exposed him to an array of amazing musicians that are teachers, mentors and friends. Some words and concepts that are important to Mario and his work would be: freedom, endurance, love, innovation, spirituality, beauty, magic, mystery, honesty, wisdom, patience and intuition.

Artist Support Program 2023: Recording music for the debut of a multidisciplinary, transcultural, surrealist, fantasy, music, film, pop, art project.