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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

05/16/2016 - A Musical and Aritstic Prodigy, Mars Lasar, and Behind the Scenes at SF Mazarine Coffee

Slow Living Radio enjoys a lesson in coffee and nitro brews with San Francisco's Mazarine, before a memorable interview with Platinum award winning composer/music producer/sound designer/visual artist and fine art photographer, Mars Lasar. Prepare to be entertained with his stories - a true inspiration for all aspiring musicians.

Jason Miller

Operations Manager and Director of Coffee

The name Mazarine takes its inspiration from a majestic public library many thousands of miles away in Paris, the very first public library in France. The Bibliothèque is a collector’s collection, comprising a wealth of literature and art, which make it a symbol of its country of origin: it is a center of culture, democracy, and taste.
The idea that an artfully assembled collection might serve the public good struck a deep chord with the team, as they aspire to treat with curatorial zeal each new coffee that is sourced from the most accomplished roasters, and each pastry that is selected from partner bakeries. Their goal was for Mazarine to be a place where you can appreciate the best coffees collected from all over the world, where you can have engaging conversations with friends and colleagues, and where you can accomplish your own great works.
A concise description of Mazarine Coffee:  Cafe serving specialty coffee, toast, beer, and wine on Market Street in the Financial District, San Francisco.

Working with many of the best roasters in the Western US and even Canada, Including Ritual Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, Temple Coffee in Sacramento, Coava Coffee Roasters in Portland, Supersonic Coffee in Berkeley, 49th Parallel in Vancouver, and Klatch Coffee in LA, among others, Mazarine actively rotates coffee selections just like a chef might rotate their wine and food pairings, providing regulars with a new experience and taste education. 

Add to that their amazing nitro brews, including a delightful Earl Grey Tea, some freshly created salads and toasts, waffles and more, and no wonder why both indoor and outdoor seats at this hole in the wall San Francisco gem are hard to come by.


Platinum award winning composer/music producer/sound designer/visual artist and fine art photographer


Born in Germany and raised in Australia, Mars Lasar is a prolific keyboardist and composer. Predominantly electronic, his music also contains elements of jazz, pop, world, new age and rock. Mars started playing piano at 11 years old, and over a few years of extensive classical and jazz training, he rapidly became drawn to all kinds of music. At 14, Mars began composing, recording and publishing his own music professionally.

To date Mars has successfully released over 25 solo albums and has a full arsenal of production credits to match. Mars' music can be heard on NBC's Conviction, The Medium, Extreme Makeover, the Bachelor, Disney, Law and Order SVU, America's Got Talent, and Fox's Emmy Awarding winning show "24". Mars' first solo album Olympus was frequently used by CBS during their broadcast of the Winter Olympic Games from Albertville France 1992, and the record reached Top Ten in the Progressive Adult Contemporary radio charts. His second solo album The Eleventh Hour represented an adventurous future path for Lasar; pushing the boundaries of what is considered New Age into areas of avant-garde, dance, acid jazz, industrial, and world beat.

The Eleventh Hour can still be heard at radio across America, Canada, and Mexico with continued success in Europe, Asia and South America. Considered cutting-edge in composition, style and production, this record reached American Billboard's Top 10 NAC. The fourth CD,

Olympic National Park, showcases yet another dimension of Mars' talent. Celebrating America's National Parks, Mars fuses the sounds of nature with his composition, producing an uplifting and provoking musical journey. Escape & Sapphire Dreams quickly followed. His 8th release in 2001 Karma hit #4 NAV (New Age Voice) Top 100. His music is frequently heard on television and in films, including "Jason's Lyric" and the "6th Man". Songs from Mars' solo albums have also been heard on television shows including Baywatch, Young & The Restless, General Hospital and Hard Copy to name but a few. His song writing and production talents span a multitude of genres including New Age, Pop, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Classical and Electronica. See his solo album catalog

Mars has been featured in such publications as the LA Times, Spin,The Chicago Sun Times and Billboard Magazine. He has appeared on The Discovery Channel's Movie Magic for his technical wizardry, and received numerous awards, including two platinum records. The first for his work on Crazy, the hit record by England's recording artist Seal, and his second for, "Love Is Still Enough", a song Mars wrote and produced with America's Sovory. Love Is Still Enough was featured on the soundtrack from the movie Jason's Lyric. Mars has worked with such Artists as T.a.t.u, Divinyls, Jon Stevens (INXS), Rick Dufay (Aerosmith), Steve Balsamo, Erin Williams, Xavier, and Siedah Garrett (best known for her collaborations with Michael Jackson and The Brand New Heavies). He has also produced Herbie Hancock, John Sykes (White Snake), French Diva Liane Foly and Sovory. In 2002 hit Russian band T.a.t.u hired Mars to write and produce songs for their project. As a result of their collaboration, one of the tracks was entered into the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest earning third place amongst the 26 countries entered.

Mars' production
BigBox was licensed to Apple Macintosh for their promotion of the IBook Computer. This album has received much attention, with multiple tracks reaching #1 on's Industrial Electronica charts. BigBox was recently joined by Vertical Velocity, an equally cutting-edge yet slightly more melodic album. Also, in this style are Organized Chaos 1 & 2.

Mars' follow up to The
Eleventh Hour. Aptly titled 11:02 was eagerly embraced by fans both new and old. 2000 saw the release of Mars' 7th CD eclectic groove release, When Worlds Collide. Then followed by  Karma, Mars' 8th release, takes you into the genre of 'world music'. Karma is an embracing and energetic album that takes you places you haven't been before.

In November 2005 Mars releases his album "
11.22 Arrival". One more gem in the Eleventh Hour series, soaring into undiscovered musical galaxies. Captures the essence of an ecclectic variety of styles but with the distinct flavor of Mars' plight for hope and renewal within modern existence. An adventurous collection of songs that bravely explore brand new sonic dimensions.

In December 2005 mars released his Baby Escapes series. This 8 CD set is comprised of music composed specifically for infants and children to age 7. Carefully calibrated to work with a child's natural rhythm, Baby Escapes is a gentle lullaby that seamlessly repeats. A perfect soundtrack to help your child sleep.

Also in 2001 upon popular request Mars released his first Christmas album titled
Christmas from Mars. This collection of classic Christmas songs fused with Mars' production and songwriting genius is something for your Christmas cd collection.

In late 2003 Mars completed his newest set of albums
11.04-Panorama the fourth in the Eleventh Hour series, Final Frontier the first in the motivational series, Nocturnal Diaries another eclectic tribute to nature & Collaborations, a sound diary of Mars' collaborations with friends over the years. Not only does Mars create the music but he also creates the artwork for each album. In most cases each album image is from his fine art collection.


Mars' 2006 release Yosemite Valley of the Giants, hit the top 10 position on the NAR top 100 chart. This transcendent musical adventure is a multi-sensory journey through one of the world 's most magical creations of nature, Yosemite Valley. You will smell the pungent wildflowers, feel the glacial winds on your face, hear the roar of the skyscraping waterfalls and experience deep inner peace and mystic contemplation inspired by the spirit of mother nature 's most awesome masterpiece, Yosemite. Wash in a symphony of multicultural rhythms, melodies and organic sounds that will sooth and inspire you to the core. Truly a living, breathing musical experience for your soul, from the home of the Valley of the Giants via the extraordinary Mars Lasar. Tahoe Spirit was released in 2009 to accompany Yosemite. This is an adventure into the Tahoe Nevada region.

By popular request, in 2011 Mars released the sequel to 
Final Frontier, named  Final Frontier 2. This collection follows the motivational formula loved by Final Frontier fans.

In 2013 Mars releases a sequel to
Karma  named AfterWorld. This is an ecelectic fusion of world instrumentation and dramatic styles. Be sure to check it out "AfterWorld". If you're a Karma fan, you're going to like this one.

in 2015 Mars releases his piano collection "
Piano Moods From Mars II" inspired by the success of the original Piano Moods from Mars and Sapphire Dreams. Piano Moods from Mars II depicts the core nature of Mars' classical and modern style. Simple evocative and memorable pieces for your Mars Lasar collection.

Be sure to check out Mars' fine art photography catalog at His fine art modern landscapes and vistas are prominently displayed in galleries, businesses and homes around the country. You can see his most recent fine art pieces at his Recently Added gallery. 


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