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Mark Wingfield

Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Mark Wingfield

Mark is one of the most original and distinctive electric guitarists today. His improvising is always compelling, continually inventive and melodically uplifting. His guitar playing is steeped in the language of jazz, with influences such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek as well as rock players such as Jimi Hendrix.

Other often eclectic influences such as Indian, Japanese and African music also feature strongly in Mark’s playing. These influences are fused with jazz and western classical music, and seamlessly integrated into a unique and highly distinctive musical voice. On his CD Fallen Cities, he collaborated with Lebanese singer Samia Afra, and continued his interest in non-western forms, working and performing with Turkish musicians such as Gökhan Özyavuz in Istanbul as well as Zambian musician KT Lumpa....
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”Celebrated British guitarist” Guitar Player Magazine

“Virtuoso” Guitar Player Magazine

“Abstract paintings in sound evolve into a ballad that actually tells a story from the heart.” Jazzreview.com

“Wingfield’s forward-thinking exploration of smart, swinging, and highly melodic globally informed jazz.” Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player Magazine

“Brit guitar hero” JazzTimes

“I found myself amazed” The WholeNote

“Mark Wingfield shifts from Eno-esque ambient soundscapes...to ripping rock-tinged abandon... to cinematic guitar-synth.” “Dramatic” “Intriguing” Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

“Irresistible beauty” “Extraordinary” “Sublime” “Magnificent” LUX ATENEA

“Sleeper Street exemplifies his determination to take his instrument into previously-unknown territory” Anil Prasad, InnerViews

“All in, Sleeper Street is a great slice of contemporary UK jazz combining muscular virtuosity, cinematic soundscapes and distinctive compositional style with admirable authority.” Guitarist Magazine

“Wingfield's guitar playing is mysterious, majestic, and blazing in turns” Guitar Player Magazine

“The six string winged, improvising shaman” Music That Matters

“Innovator” The Guardian

“Wingfield's musical eclecticism is well attested... very distinctive-sounding” JazzWise

“Unique and sophisticated...one of England's most accomplished players.” Guitar Player Magazine

“Setting scenes and moods that also invite the listener to pick up their mental brushes and paint their own pictures.” Jazzreview.com

The Kastning/ Wingfield duo not only convince the listener of a very high level of guitar playing but also of deep philosophic thinking. The compositions build up of countless layers in such a magic way that in every relistening newer, other layers open up. The I walked into the silver darkness is the most remarkable guitar album of the first half of 2011.” HiFi Portal Magazine

“Literally scaling new heights sonically” FAME

“Almost moved me to tears.” BBC

“Wingfield is proving to be a key proponent of adventurous, swinging and modern instrumental jazz-rock fusion in the 21st century.” MWE3

“Consistently brilliant and forward-thinking” Guitar Player Magazine

“Wingfield and Kastning are surely pushing the envelope with this disc.” “Two extremely gifted guitarists” “I am in awe of how they can express themselves by travelling through every region of the instrument, often with what seems like effortless abandon. This collection of original instrumental pieces will impress all guitarists, no doubt.” The WholeNote

“Guitar virtuoso” “Uplifting” “Inspiration” Guitar Techniques Magazine

“Cinematic eloquence... command of electronic textures... and swooping-bird evocations” The Guardian

“Often soaring in the upper registers, Wingfield's guitar hovers above...” JazzWise

“Contemporary jazz doesn't get any better than this.”Fretwired

“One of the UK’s best new composers” SPNM

“One of today’s most creative transatlantic musical voices” BMIC

As a Leader

Cinema Obscura - René von Grünig & Mark Wingfield with Iain Ballamy, Yaron Stavi & Andi Mötz
Dark Energy Music
2012
Personnel: Mark Wingfield: guitar; René von Grünig: piano, keyboards, samples; Iain Ballamy: tenor and soprano saxophone; Yaron Stavi: bass; Andi Mötz; drums.

Mark Wingfield, Kevin Kastning - I walked into the silver darkness
Greydisc
2011
Personnel: Mark Wingfield: electric guitar; Kevin Kastning: 14-String Contraguitar, 12-String Alto Guitar in A, 12-String Extended Baritone Guitar, 6-String Classical Guitar

Sleeper Street - Mark Wingfield, Iain Ballamy, Jeremy Stacey, Robert Mitchell, Yaron Stavi
Dark Energy Music
2010
Personnel: Mark Wingfield: guitar; Iain Ballamy: tenor and soprano saxophone; Robert Mitchell: piano, keyboards; Yaron Stavi: bass; Jeremy Stacey; drums.

Three Windows - Mark Wingfield, Jane Chapman, Iain Ballamy
Dark Energy Music
2008
Personnel: Mark Wingfield: guitar; Jane Chapman: harpsichord; Iain Ballamy: saxophone.

Mark Wingfield - Guitar Encryptions with René von Grünig
Dark Energy Music
2006
Personnel: Mark Wingfield: guitar; René von Grünig: keyboards, samples.

Mark Wingfield Group - Liquid Maps
Dark Energy Music
2005
Personnel: Mark Wingfield: guitar; René von Grünig: keyboards; Christoph Leistner: trumpet, Fluegel horn; Christian Kuntner: bass; Roberto Di Martino: drums.

Mark Wingfield Group - Fallen Cities
Dark Energy Music
2004
Personnel: Mark Wingfield: guitar, guitar-synth, bass; René von Grünig: piano, keyboard, samples; Roland Philipp: tenor and soprano sax; Christoph Leistner: flugel horn; Samia Afra: vocals; Kiri Atanga: vocals.

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar, electric

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
See the teaching section of my website for details: http://www.markwingfield.com/indoctrination.html

Clinic/Workshop Information:
See the teaching section of my website for details: http://www.markwingfield.com/indoctrination.html

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