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February 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm $5
Mark is a native of Ireland who has lived in many varied places from London to the back woods of Tennessee but settled in 2001 with his lovely wife Janice here in Fort Atkinson. Being the son of a classical violinist/orchestra conductor, hearing and appreciating music was always part of life, however attempts at actually playing music while a youngster were not so successful. Practicing is WORK, so making music was put on the back burner but the urge to make music has lasted through the years. In his early teens, listening to radio Caroline (a pirate radio station broadcasting from international waters in the North Sea) exposed Mark to the wonders of early Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson and other progressive rock bands which have formed the basis of his musical tastes. Since then many other genres have opened up, including Punk, Blues, Funk, Bluegrass, Electronica/Ambient and so many World Music influences it would be hard to list.
Years on now the urge to make music still is there but not in a formal “learn this tune” approach so much as a “try this and see what happens” style. Along these lines Mark performed at the Carpe back in 2015 in the band FOMA with local friends Robert Preston and Carl Armstrong which had a certain “free-form” approach to it.
This upcoming solo performance will incorporate guitar and synthesizer melodies using heavy effects and looping. The nature of using effects and electronics means that there is an element of improvisation which opens up avenues for textural and rhythmic exploration. The Space Between Stars theme is a nod to Mark’s ongoing love of science, particularly astronomy and the amazing age that we live in.
Please call 920-563-9391 to reserve.