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Young Mark Springer

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's own visual artwork has most recently been informed by a move away from the city. He lives and works in the countryside on the Downs beside the ancient route of the Ridgeway 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 the '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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The Exit Label and Penguin Cafe are excited to announce "Aparat", a self-titled debut album by the duo of Springer and Jeffes.

Aparat album trailer

Watch the new teaser trailer for the new album 'Aparat' released 1st April. Order your advance copy from http://www.exit.co.uk/exit014.html

Posted by Aparat on Thursday, 4 February 2016


"You are here" No 1. Potentino Piano Solos (Mark Springer)

The Potentino Concerto, with the Potentino Quartet

First performed at Castello di Potentino on Saturday 2nd August 2014. It was performed by Mark Springer (Piano), and The Potentino Quartet, Gabi Maas, Kay Stephen, Kaija Lukas, Anna Menzies. It was Filmed and Edited by Agnieszka Biolik. Drone footage by Christoffer van Tulleken

To enjoy all the videos in the Potentino Series click here.
New videos will be released on a weekly basis.


An excerpt from the BBC film made at the time of the original release of the album 'piano' which will now be available for the first time as a remastered cd with added tracks from June the 28th 2014. This was the first solo album from Mark Springer.

Mark Springer - Variations on the piece "Sometime in the rain" (from the original album "Piano")

Here is a great music video from Mark's Rip Rig and Panic Day's,
'Storm the Reality Asylum'.


Listen to this classic 'Rip Rig and Panic' piece from the BBC John Peel Sessions on the 14th of September 1981.
It includes a duet with Mark Springer and Nico from the Velvet Underground.

For more 'Rip Rig and Panic' albums visit exit.co.uk