Mark Springer, the pianist, composer and painter, has been playing professionally and performing since his teens when he set up the ground breaking group, Rip Rig and Panic with Gareth Sager, Bruce Smith and Sean Oliver with lead singer Neneh Cherry.
The son of a West of England painter and photographer, Mike Springer, Mark combined his musical experimentation alongside the visual while growing up in the US, Germany and Bristol.
The impetus for creating both a musical and painterly sound- and landscape has meant that he has worked fruitfully both as a soloist and collaboratively on art pieces like the opera installation made with Damien Hirst for the Edinburgh Festival.
Mark Springer throughout his career has combined his musical experimentation alongside the visual. The impetus for creating both a musical and painterly sound- and land-scape has meant that he has worked fruitfully both as a soloist and collaboratively on art pieces like the opera installation made with the conceptual artist Damien Hirst for the Edinburgh Festival.
Springer's own visual artwork has most been informed by a move away from the city. He lives and works in the countryside and over the last few years he has explored and inhabited this landscape - physically and temporally, by walking through its woods, lanes and footpaths and artistically, by identifying the land and fusing his view of it in paint.
The same intensity of location is played out in Springer's relationship to his figurative paintings and 'Heads'; a series of self-portraits where the same structural identities, shapes and marks in paint create a human landscape - an anatomy forged from colour and light - making a connection between the artist's own sense of being a part of the land. Undifferentiated from this place, in the here and now, Springer's paintings show a recognisable continuation and relationship with him as a man within the land.
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Phil Johnson is one of this countries most respected writers and reviewers on contemporary music, He once described Springer's music as a kind of cross between Philip Glass and Chopin. He was referring to the cd 'metonic'. This piece ('metonic' disc2 track 1 ) written for four pianos, each part overdubbed by Mark himself and music for solo piano played by Mark also. This description by Phil Johnson tells us that Springer who shot to fame in the now legendary group 'rip rig and panic' has been developing a very distinctive and personal sound world that combines both his skill and virtuosity at the piano. Such as this piece from 'Menu' which beautifully highlights his quicksilver like touch ('menu' cd track 3) and his jazz and classical influences ('menu' track 1) and also a highly developed compositional structure in 'String Quartets' such as ('string quartets' disc1 track 3).
Springer quotes "some of my musical inspirations are the musicians who combined both composition with knowledge of instrumental virtuosity, and knowing the art of playing as well as composing." Springer's new cd 'Menu' now released by four worlds media on the 23 July 2013 and exemplifies his approach to creating a firm and solid compositional structure and then introducing an element of unexpected spontaneous response to that structure such as ('menu' disc1 track 10).
After 'rip rig and panic' Springer recorded several more cd's for Virgin records including the cd 'Menu' which combine-again these elements of compositional structures and free elements within. Mark has long felt that Jazz in many ways has been the single most significant new music to have emerged in the last one hundred years. But in more recent years one of the reasons Jazz has not really developed beyond a kind of pastiche of itself is that it's proponents do not focus enough on the composition and overall structures . Mark feels that "you can't rely just on technical ability but that you have to develop the compositions to a much further point than ever before." Another good example of this would be From the cd 'metonic' (first cd track 6) music for four pianos where the piece is structured throughout but is also improvised throughout and it is almost impossible to tell where one thing exists Over the other.
Visit The Exit Label to view Marks full catalogue of CD's available for purchase, or click on the album covers below.
THE EXIT LABEL
The EXIT LABEL is Springer's own label as well as being the home for some of the best Contemporary classical, Jazz and Pop music. Exit has established itself as a leading British based label that covers a wide area which includes String Quartets , Piano quintet, Solo Piano, music for 4 and 5 pianos, and Jazz trio.
The label has been releasing a series of critically acclaimed new recordings by the pianist and composer Mark Springer. Springer first came to prominence with the group Rip Rig & Panic - an innovative and revolutionary band - whose music still defies categorization, a group which also featured the singer Neneh Cherry and the legendary jazz trumpeter with the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Don Cherry. Also the label had released music featuring the PORTISHEAD drummer Clive Deamer and a series of experimental pop with vocals and electronica. We are a leading Record Company in the field of contemporary music.
Mark Springer has been exhibiting his work since his twenties and in that period has shown paintings jointly with his father, the artist and photographer, Mike Springer, and appeared with him in a film made by the BBC arts programme RPM, which explored the connections within their art and music. Mark Springer's painterly vision has extended to the art and design of his CD and booklet production and continues the incidences where his art and music combine.
Mark's work has been exhibited in solo shows:
Casa del Arte, Milan, 2006
St. George's, Bristol, 2005
Sebastian Boyle at The Westbourne, London, 1999
The Tabernacle, West London, 1996
The Groucho Club, London, 1991
Mark has also been shown in the following mixed shows:
Spitz, Sptafields East London, 2000
Foyles of London, Charing Cross, 1995
Coins, West London, 1995
Charing Cross Studios, Charing Cross, 1992