MARK VICKNESS

Modern Fingerstyle Guitarist

Mark Vickness began his musical training on piano at age six. The road from there to the modern fingerstyle guitarist he is today included a bachelor’s and master’s degree in composition, studies in classical piano, guitar, sitar and tabla, years as a performing jazz guitarist, composer and arranger, several film scores and two decades of recording and performing as the instrumental half of the acoustic fusion duo, Glass House (with singer David Worm) which has released three CD’s, an EP and a host of widely viewed YouTube videos. Mark’s performing experience spans a huge range of genres from free improvisation to West African drum and dance ensembles, from Motown and funk bands to big band jazz and orchestral conducting. Schooled in composition by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Mel Powell, Mark has recorded and performed with world renowned musicians including two time Grammy winners, The Turtle Island String Quartet, Scott Amendola, violinist, Mads Tolling, Kai Eckhardt and legendary bassist, Michael Manring. Mark has a unique approach to solo modern fingerstyle guitar. He plays custom instruments including a baritone guitar built by renowned luthier Michael Greenfield, an eight string guitar which Mark helped design with luthier Matt Mustapick and an eighteen string acoustic double neck. In addition to the extended use of percussive effects, tapping, harmonics and effects, Mark employs sympathetic resonance in how he strings and tunes his guitars to produce a lush, rich sound. Mark’s debut solo CD, Places, has garnered tremendous critical acclaim. Writing in a recently published full-page review in Acoustic Guitar Magazine (November, 2018), Pat Moran had this to say: “Vickness’ uncanny ability to evoke the complex emotions linked to these times and places transcend the specific and catapults his travelogue into the universal. A varied and virtuosic “photo album” of remote, gritty, and mystical locales, Places traces a map of Vickness’ emotional life, while sketching the subtle and winding pathways creativity takes on its way to fruition.”

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