Brian Marsella

Brian Marsella is a pianist, composer, band leader, and educator rising in the ranks of New York’s young music stars. Brian Marsella is a pianist who can be virtuoso and adventurous at the same time; critic Peter Margasak described his style as ‘Herbie Nichols or Bud Powell playing at warp speed.’

Growing up in Bucks County, PA, Marsella taught himself to play piano by ear, listening to his father play the saxophone and vibes. Since 2000, he has been an in-demand musician in the jazz, world, and avant-garde music scenes in New York and beyond. Marsella has been a member of Cyro Baptista’s band, Beat the Donkey, since 2004, and is a founding member of Baptista’s quartet Banquet of the Spirits. The long list of musicians who Marsella has recorded and/or performed with include Matisyahu, John Zorn, Marshall Allen, Hassan Hakmoun, Billy Martin, and Odean Pope.

His discography includes albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, including Zorn’s Mount Analogue. Marsella can be heard on Jon Madof’s afrobeat album, Zion80. His film credits include the performance and arrangement of Jessica Lurie’s score for Daniel Zezelji’s film, Fibonacci Bread, and original music for Jackie Pare’s tap dance documentary, Tap or Die.

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