Mark Vickness: Began his musical training on piano at age six.

Mark Vickness – The Rain Shadow

The track Alluvial Fans is the first song from upcoming album and composed by Mark Vickness. Performed by Mark Vickness Interconnected. Featuring Mads Tolling, violin; Matt Renzi, oboe/english horn; Joseph Hebert, cello; Dan Feiszli, bass; Mark Vickness, guitar; Ty Burhoe, tabla and MB Gordy, percussion. From the upcoming album, In The Rain Shadow. Recorded by Dan Feiszli at 25th Street Recording, Oakland, CA. Audio mastered by Reuben Cohen, Lurssen Mastering, Burbank, CA. Video by Maximum Flavor Media, San Francisco, CA. Directed by Mark Austin Hei

Two years after releasing his highly acclaimed CD, Interconnected, composer/guitarist Mark Vickness releases Alluvial Fans on YouTube, the first composition to be released from his upcoming album, In The Rain Shadow. The Roadrunner,

In addition to Mark Vicknesson acoustic guitars, the ensemble brings together two time Grammy winning violinist, Mads Tolling, oboe and English horn virtuoso, Matt Renzi, cellist Joseph Hebert, Dan Feiszli on electric bass, Grammy winning percussionist, MB Gordy and tabla master, Ty Burhoe.

Says Mark, «CMy third solo recording project (after Places in 2017 and Interconnected in 2020) In The Rain Shadow takes its inspiration mostly from moving to the high desert (California’s Owens Valley) in 2020. Most of the titles are taken from geological or meteorological features we experience daily. This includes Alluvial Fans – music intended to reflect my appreciation for the opportunity to absorb the wonders of living in the rain shadow. It is humbling, awesome, peaceful, thrilling, tranquil and beautiful all at once».

No official release date has been announced, however In The Rain Shadow is scheduled for Winter, 2022.

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. 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, Alex De Grassi, Don Ross, violinist, Mads Tolling, and legendary bassist, Michael Manring. Mark has a unique approach to solo modern fingerstyle guitar. In addition to original tunings and 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 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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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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