Solo Piano

Mark Lockett Solo PianoMark followed a classical training with pianists Paul Crossley (London), Kathleen McGrath (Liverpool) and Tamás Ungár (UC San Diego). He has performed contemporary music in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. English and American experimental and minimalist music feature prominently, as well as 20th century French repertoire.

Mark also trained as a jazz pianist at the renowned Creative Music Studio in New York with prominent avant-garde musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Karl Berger, Steve Lacy and Borah Bergman. He has toured with many projects of contemporary jazz and improvised music during his career.

The photo is of Mark's 22-hour solo performance of Erik Satie's Vexations to celebrate the composer's 143rd birthday in May 2009.

Recent solo programmes (2015/16) include:

Winter Leaves - a cycle of 49 piano pieces, composed one every day over the months of december 2011 and January 2012, each one dedicated to an artist or musician friend, in the spirit of the 19th century 'album leaf.'

The Big Haiku – a paradoxical title given to a cycle of 17 pieces composed on the 17th day of 17 consecutive months.

Resonance – landscape-related works by Mompou, Ravel, Debussy, Liszt, interspered with Mark's site-specific piano compositions.

Fecos – The music of the folkloric carnival of Limoux, disassembled and recomposed as concert etudes.

Feldman and Adams – John Adams's post-minimalist masterpiece "Phrygian Gates" and Morton Feldman's last compositions for piano from the 1980s "Triadic Memories" and "Palais de Mari"