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TestimonialWorking with Theo Wanne and their horns and mouthpieces is an extraordinary pleasure as a recording artists. Their horns compare with the “Big 4” in every way and are better in many ways too - some of the best altissimo and full range response of any horn I’ve played. I play on their Gaia2 Hard Rubber tenor piece and it’s a bold, very responsive and brilliant mouthpiece. Once I changed over from the vintage Berg Larson hard rubber piece that I’d been playing on for decades, I never looked back. Incomparable in every way. My main and only soprano I play is Theo’s Mantra and it’s hands-down the best soprano I’ve ever played on, and that’s comparing it to the Selmer Mark VI & Super Action 80 series 2, Yamaha 675 & 875. My secondary tenor is Theo’s Mantra Tenor and it’s a joy and almost transparent switch from my main horn, which is a vintage silver Selmer Mark VI. Bold, powerful, rich, seductive and brilliant in every way.
BiographyMark Fox, tenor & soprano saxophone, flute, bass clarinet and kamal ngoni (Malian harp) player, bandleader, composer and recording artist, has participated for over 25 years professionally in the international music and entertainment industry. Blessed at an early age, many legends of music came into his life such as maestros Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Marion Brown, George Garzone, George Clinton and a host of others. These masters became profound teachers, mentors, friends and colleagues, bringing Fox into the deepest levels of the music world.
During Fox's decade and a half in New York City, he had the honor to perform with such greats as Warren Smith, The Boys Harbor Big Band, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Archie Shepp, The Violent Femmes, Eugene Chadborne, and a numerous of other groups and high level artists. Mark's career in music tapered while living in Paris, France, though continuing to play with less frequency, he was blessed to perform with greats such as Steve McCraven, Hervé Samb, Rassul Siddik and others.
In 2016, Mark Fox released his debut album as a bandleader, “Mark Fox Quartet+ - Three Octaves Above the Sun”, which garnered broad international radio play, excellent reviews and won “Best of 2016” by allaboutjazz.com. The album is a tour-de-force of mostly original compositions of Mark Fox, and pays homage to his infuences and masters, while expressing the international, universal and spiritual experiences that have painted his life. A hybrid of post-bop, progressive, transcendental and African jazz, the music is reminiscent of the late 60s & 70s era, yet freshly modern and universally accessible.
Returning to the studio in April of 2018, Fox just completed an epic recording session with his newest iteration of his group, The Neulipions, accomplishing what will become 4 albums worth of material that transcends the jazz genre and branches out into the realms of spiritual, world, trance, jam-band music. Legendary, multi-Grammy Award winning producer and NEA Jazz Master, Todd Barkan produced the sessions. Currently being mixed, the albums will be released between the fall of 2018 and 2019.
Fox has been blessed to have the privilege of performing around the world and throughout the United States as well. From some of the biggest venues on the East Coast and around the country, like Tramps, The Beacon Theater, The Knitting Factory and The Electric Factory, The Iron Horse Music Hall and Dazzle Jazz; to numerous venues in Paris, Italy and Rio de Janeiro, Mark Fox is a naturally, charismatic showman of the highest order.
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Three Octaves Above the Sun - 2016
Q:Describe the feeling when your music is working just right.
A:I am a conduit for the music. I don’t have the experience of playing music, but being played by the music, this is why and where the discipline of practice, meditation and having the right tools come into play. When the “music is working just right” everyone is locked as a unified unit and I am in the thoughtless, timeless, endless space of nothing…and of course when the audience goes wild, I know we’ve done our job.
- Berklee College of Music
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Studied with Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Marion Brown and George Garzone