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Mark Baynes is a contemporary pianist, accompanist and composer specialising in improvised music including jazz.  On this site you can view photos, videos, listen to audio and find about noteworthy performances. The Ironic Trio is Mark’s piano trio consisting of piano, bass and drums.  Mark is also available for hire as a solo pianist, or with a bass player, trumpeter, saxophonist or vocalist, as well as his band Quantum Blue.  Please contact Mark for a competitive quote, or simply subscribe in the link on the right hand side of this page.

Mark has over fifteen years experience as an pianist/accompianist and has enjoyed working with quality acts such as NZ hip hop artist King Kapisi, Che-Fu, Andy Vargas USA (Santana), Tim and Neil Finn, The Mint Chicks, Clay Jenkins (USA), Tony Christie (UK), Tim Beveridge, Anika Moa, Don McGlashan, Batucada Sound Machine, Jerome Hendrix, Jennifer Zea, Caitlin Smith, Tina Cross, Taisha, Annie Crummer, Tama Waipara, Bella Kalolo, Jackie Clarke, Frankie Stevens, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Topp Twins.  He has been broadcast on Christmas in the Park TV3, Homegrown, Juice, Maori and Alt TV.

Mark worked for eighteen months in the Middle East as a Musical Director, a pianist/MD for ProShip (Canada) for two years, and has released two jazz albums under the pseudonym of Ironic Trio (available on iTunes).

Mark collaborated with King Kapisi, contributing to Kapisi’s latest album release (due late 2014), and co-wrote Sunshine, a soon to be released single/video. One of the tracks on this album (Crush) won the best video category at the Pacific Music Awards 2014. Mark also collaborated with Georgia Wood and Chris Neilson (Katchafire) to produce and perform on a vocal album called Happenstance, by the Standard Funk Ensemble (of which he is a member).  He has also worked with the Kid’s Music Company to MD and record three albums, two of which won gold and silver at the Practical Pre-school Awards, UK, 2010-2011.

Mark currently teaches at Massey University (New Zealand School of Music).  In 2008 Mark was awarded the Ariadne Danilow Music Prize (Victoria University) and the Sir Alan Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship (Massey University) enabling him to pursue postgraduate qualifications.  Mark has studied under Gary Burton (USA) at the prestigious Berklee College of Music; he has also studied under Andy Laverne (University of Hartford NY) and Hal Galper (The New School NYC).  Mark now holds an MMus in jazz performance (1st Class Honours) and is currently in the final year of his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) at Auckland University.  He has contributed to Downbeat magazine and is in the process of co-creating a regular transcription/analysis column for the acclaimed website www.allaboutjazz.com.

Mark is currently performing with Quantum Blue; repertoire consists of original material and standard tunes inspired by his study of Brad Mehldau.