Biography of Mark Wingfield
The internationally acclaimed guitarist is one of the most original sounding and forward looking electric guitarists today. His improvising is compelling, continually inventive and melodically uplifting. Also known for his composing skills, Mark's compositions are are highly atmospheric and tell musical stories that are a unique listening experience. 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.
"Celebrated British guitarist" Guitar Player Magazine
"Virtuoso" Guitar Player Magazine
"Wingfield’s forward-thinking exploration of smart, swinging, and highly melodic globally informed jazz." Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player Magazine
"Brit guitar hero" JazzTimes
"Mark Wingfield shifts from Eno-esque ambient soundscapes...to ripping rock-tinged abandon... to cinematic guitar-synth." "Dramatic... intriguing..." Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
“Sleeper Street exemplifies his determination to take his instrument into previously-unknown territory” Anil Prasad, InnerViews
"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
“Almost moved me to tears.” BBC
"Consistently brilliant and forward-thinking” Guitar Player Magazine
"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
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 Ozyavuz in Istanbul as well as Zambian musician KT Lumpa.
Mark’s interest in music technology came to the fore when he was asked to join ResRocket, a band made upof respected musicians from around the world who, using ground breaking software, played together live over the internet. As a core member of ResRocket Mark played with such lumaniries as Peter Gabriel, Tricky, Matt Black, Dave Stuart and Todd Rundgren. As well as recording an album, the band toured playing London, Paris, LA, Oslo and elsewhere. During concerts some of the members were on stage while others played live over the internet projected on giant screens on stage. Almost every aspect of this band was a “world first”, truly ground breaking on every level.
As a jazz guitarist Mark has played widely in Europe and has just released his sixth CD, Three Windows with Iain Ballamy and Jane Chapman on the Dark Energy Muisc label.
His compositions were recently the subject of a lecture at Goldsmiths College London to mark the opening of its new Contemporary Music Department and have also been featured in lectures and workshops at The Royal College of Music London, Trinity College of Music London and Dartington College of Arts music department.
The growing interest in his work has led to commissions for the BMIC’s Cutting Edge Series, SPNM’s Sound Source, the European Commission funded Waterways Celebration, Jane Chapman, Elaine Funaro, Geoffrey Burgess, McFall’s Chamber and others. Mark is quickly establishing himself as a new and unique composing voice in the U.K.
Mark has been teaching for over 10 years both privately (as one of the foremost electric guitar teachers in the East of England) and in workshops with both small and large groups of students.
Mark spent his early musical life moving back and fourth between England and the US, playing with bands in Boston, Bristol and London. His developing jazz interests soon took him to Europe where he gained considerable experience as composer and performer with jazz groups SMQ and Scapetrace. Playing around Europe with his group, Mark also spent time studying western and non-western classical forms, developing further a long standing interest in Indian, African and Japanese music. Mark now splits his time between playing with his band (The Mark Wingfield Group) and working as a contemporary composer in the U.K.