In this series, we present our new composers. We are proud to introduce Mark Baynes.
Please tell us about yourself and what you do.
I am a composer and performer based in Auckland. I am drawn to performances using analogue keyboard instrumentation of different sorts. I currently play a Wurltizer EP, Yamaha CP70 Electric Grand, Kawai EP-608, Harpsichord, Accordion (basic skills only), and Rhodes instruments, as well as a Hohner Clavinet, and acoustic pianos where available. I am the Programme Manager and senior tutor at MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) where I teach Musical Semiotics, Advanced Composition, Improvisation, and facilitate Capstone projects. Perhaps my most memorable performance was when I played with King Kapisi at Glastonbury festival, my favourite music festival of all time. More recently though I was privileged to support the NZ tour of USA’s Jerron’ Blind Boy’ Paxton at the Hollywood Cinema, Avondale.
I am becoming addicted to performances involving AfroCuban music and practising hard to master the independence of hands necessary to play this beautiful music. Last year I acted in an advisory capacity to the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Claire Gowan composed and arranged the orchestral score and I was lucky enough to help advise on arranging from a jazz perspective. As well as being a performer and composer I am a host of the 95bFM The Jazz Show with Dom Nola, and write a column called X-Factory, part of NZMusician magazine in print and online.
Please choose 2-3 of your works/albums and tell us about them.
Good Song is a collaboration between Tom Dennison, Steve Harvie and myself. This track was video recorded during the making of the album Rhodes Scholar, released in 2015.
Nolens Volens is a composition recorded for my Doctor of Musical Arts degree, performed as a solo piano piece.
and Clap Your Hands and Salvation were tracks composed by King Kapisi; however I wrote and recorded the keyboard parts.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am writing and recording a latin-jazz album, consisting of original music. I am hoping to collaborate with other musicians experienced in Latin music and record it with my stalwart rhythm section Alex Griffith and Dylan Kalev.
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