Mariah Parker

Photo of Mariah Parker on piano

(composer, piano, santur, hammered dulcimer)

Mariah Parker (composer and multi-instrumentalist), while completing her degree in music at UC Santa Cruz, worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and Mickey Hart on the Planet Drum project. She has performed in festivals in the US and Europe, and worked with many musicians including composer Pauline Oliveros, the late Dumisani Maraire (renowned composer from Zimbabwe) and others. She has studied with jazz great Art Lande and Latin jazz pianist extraordinaire Rebeca Mauléon, and performs regularly with the trend-setting world music group Ancient Future.

She released her first solo recording of her compositions, Sangria (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2017), in February of 2009. Her CD release party and debut of her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble drew a full house at the famous Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland. Her 2017 release, Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert, received rave reviews and quickly rose to #32 on the JazzWeek radio charts.

Photo of Mariah Parker on piano

Featured Sound Files

Sangria (Parker. 8:17). iTunes. >YTmusic. Inspired by both Indian and flamenco music, a fiery cello solo suggests the plaintive cry of a flamenco vocal, while the table solo ends with a tihai, an East indian cadential pattern which repeats three times and ends on the first beat of the rhythmic cycle. From Sangria ( AF-2017). Digipak CD- $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Between the Lines (Parker. 6:34). iTunes. >YTmusic. This intimate ballad reflects the poignancy of separation. The impressionistic melody in 5/8 is interwoven with a flowing 6/8 cello solo. From Sangria ( AF-2017). Digipak CD- $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Featured Videos

"Sangria" performed live at Freight and Salvage Folk Club. Features Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Ian Dogole (percussion), Kash Killian (cello), and Mariah Parker (piano).


"Affinity Minus One" debuted at Yoshi's Jazz Club. Features Paul McCandless (sax), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Brian Rice (timbales), Duru Demetrius (congas), Kash Killian (bass), and Mariah Parker (piano).

Partial Discography

With Ancient Future: