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Markus "Marzi" Nyman

guitarist/ composer

Kuva/ Photo: Maarit Kytöharju

Guitarist Markus "Marzi" Nyman (b. 1979) is a perfect example of a musician who bends the musical boundaries and has thus brought new energy to the field of Finnish rhythm music. Nyman started his music studies with piano and music theory lessons in the Music School of Länsi-Uusimaa and continued his studies at the music department of the Upper Secondary School of Tapiola in 1996 and soon also at Ebeli, the pop/jazz department of Espoo Music School. In the schools of Espoo Nyman made important contacts with i.a. pianist Lenni-Kalle Taipale and drummer Rami Eskelinen.

In 1998 Nyman started his studies at the jazz department of Sibelius Academy but the working life attracked the guitarist more than studies. In the beginning of the 21st century Nyman joined both Lenni-Kalle Taipale Trio, the house band of Joonas Hytönen talk show and Nylon Beat where he played for the next three years. At the same time Nyman was also heard as a visitor in UMO, in Jouni Järvelä Group and XL. In 2003 Nyman was also chosen as the Pori Jazz Artist of the Year.

His first Finnish Jazz Federation's tour Nyman played with Anna-Mari Kähärä Orchestra in 2003 and he has ever since been an important member of the band. On the field of jazz Nyman has also worked closely with drummer Anssi Nykänen, bassist Timo Hirvonen, drummer Jussi Lehtonen and guitarist Varre Vartiainen. On the field of Finnish rock Nyman has influenced as a visitor in bands such as Tekniikan ihmelapset and Apulanta.

In the years Nyman has also worked a lot for television and films. A great example of this is the soundtrack for the movie Keisarikunta (Universal 2004) where Nyman conducted the orchestra and played the guitar himself. He has also composed works for i.a. the City Orchestra of Vaasa and the Guard Band. Besides his main instrument guitar, Nyman playes fluently also piano and seems to have time for everything: on the 21st century this music chameleon has had time to record on almost 40 albums.