Mazz Swift: Violinist |resume|
Mazz Swift, a native New Yorker, began playing the violin at age 7. She studied privately for 9 years with Elizabeth Small, Shirley Givens and Timothy Baker. Mazz graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts, during which time she made her solo public performance debut on the stage of New York's Alice Tully Hall, performing alongside members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
She later attended The Juilliard School of Music, but left in the middle of her 3rd year in order to pursue a more organic approach to music making. She found herself living at the notorious Zendik Farm and under the tutelage of Arol Wulf-Zendik developing herself as an improvisational musician.
Mazz's diverse musical interests have led her in many directions; from classical music to rock to traditional folk music from around the world (specializing in Irish music) and most recently to hip hop. Consequently, she has recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists including Perry Farrell, Moby, Vernon Reid and DJ Logic (The Yohimbe Brothers), Burnt Sugar and many artists from the Black Rock Coalition, Suphala, Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z.
She can be found performing all over the US and Europe and is based in New York City where she divides her time between 3 personal projects: Brazz Tree
(a guitar/violin duo whose music is a mixture of all of Mazz and guitarist
Brad's influences brought together in a singer/songwriter format), Trigger
(Pop Rock, heavily influenced by the band's interest in Irish music) and The
Spondoolix (traditional music from around the world with a concentrated
focus on Irish and Scottish music).
Brazz Tree (http://www.brazztree.com)
The Spondoolix (http://www.thespondoolix.com)