Mark Guiliana is a drummer, trombonist, electronicist, composer, and the founder of Beat Music. He was born in Florham Park, New Jersey in 1980. From childhood on, he had been interested in music of all kinds, but he didn't actually begin formal drum studies until the age of 15 with 4Front drummer Joe Bergamini. While in high school, he played in various ensembles, from big band to rock and prog rock bands to funk. He attended William Patterson University in his home state, where he majored in jazz studies under John Riley and Kevin Norton.
After graduating in 2003, Guiliana joined Avishai Cohen's studio and touring groups. He appeared on six albums with the band. As an outlet for his other musical interests he a co-founded the "experimental-garage-jazz" trio HEERNT. The group released the full-length Locked in a Basement in 2006.
Guiliana issued a self-titled EP in 2010. In 2012 he formed a new band called Beat Music; the ensemble issued its debut EP later that year. He released the digital album A Form of Truth in 2013. Co-produced by Ndegéocello, the set melded jazz, dub, funk, glitch, hip-hop, rock, and more, with a variety of session players including guitarist Nir Felder, saxophonist David Binney, and four different bassists including his co-producer. Later in the year, Guiliana and Brad Mehldau formed the adventurous, genre-blurring duo Mehliana. Their debut offering, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, appeared on Nonesuch in February of 2014. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi