Marcus Taylor is a guitarist, bassist, percussionist, composer and academic. He produced the CD Kashgar as a vehicle for his solo compositions exploring the interface of jazz, rock and world styles. On picking up the guitar as a 17 year old, Marcus learned to play by copying Santana solos as best he could on an old acoustic guitar. Soon upgrading to an electric, it was a short musical hop from Santana to John McLaughlin, Al di Meola and other 70s fusion pioneers whose vital energy and genre-blending approaches remain a huge influence. As a composer, he has consistently sought to craft a unique sound and is drawn to a wide range of musical styles to serve as points of inspiration. At any given time you might find Marcus listening to contemporary Nepalese folk music, Miles Davis or 70s progressive rock. His other musical ventures as both player and composer include the progressive rock band Broken Parachute and the jazz-pop band Crosswinds. He normally lives in Kingston, Canada.