Mark Hewins

About Mark Hewins

Mark Hewins started playing solo guitar professionally in 1970 at the age of 15. Hailed as 'Heir to Hendrix mantle' by City Limits Magazine in 1985, he was tipped as 'brightest hope' by Wire Magazine in the same year for his playing with his fourteen strong big band 'FF'; which set the scene for later big band initiatives. An 'all round' guitarist, he is best known in Britain and Europe for his jazz playing. He has worked extensively in America, where he is in demand as a jazz, blues and midi guitarist.

Mark is a prolific composer, with well over two hundred songs. instrumentals and orchestral works to his name. His compositional skills, coupled with his expertise on midi guitar have led to frequent commissions from Casio Tokyo, UK and USA, for whom he has produced sampler library software and written demonstration tunes which are featured on their keyboards.

He has written music for television adverts and, in collaboration with Johnny Oslo, has written scores for films produced by the London Film School at Shepperton.

Radio Broadcasts

Mark has made many broadcasts over the years, in Britain, Europe and the U.S.A. and it is impossible to list them all. However, his first broadcasts in the U.S.A. were in 1980, when he featured solo in two live shows for WKCR FM, New York, and more recently, in Dallas, he was the subject of a two and half hour broadcast dedicated to his music and career. His more recent broadcasts in England include the BBC's Jazz Today, with the Elton Dean Quartet and Research with Django Bates and with his own band, The Music Doctors, featuring Lol Coxhill and Elton Dean. The Music Doctors have also been broadcast extensively world wide.

Performances and Recordings

Much of Mark's touring work is solo, but he also collaborates with other well known musicians to give duo and band performances around the world.

Mark has performed with Phil Collins, Julie Felix, John Martyn, Danny Thompson, Bill Bruford, Fred Frith, Joe Lee Wilson, Dudu Pukwana, John Stevens, Mervyn Africa and Andrew Cyrille amongst others. He has strong connections with the 'Canterbury' music scene, having played with Dave and Richard Sinclair - Mark is featured on Dave's latest CD - , Steve Miller and Andy Ward. He is a member of Soft Heap (CD out soon) with Elton Dean, Pip Pyle and John Greaves - a living branch of Soft Machine which featured Hugh Hopper, with whom he now writes and performs.

Recent American tours have taken him to the Museum of Art in Dallas where he performed with Dennis Gonzalez; to the Caravan of Dreams where he gave a solo performance which is included on his solo CD, the Electric Guitar. He led workshops in schools and colleges before going to New Orleans where he played at Muddy Waters. In New York he recorded a trio album, the Earth and the Heart, with Dennis Gonzalez and Andrew Cyrille.

Apart from his own solo release, through Daagnim, he has released many solo and duo albums through Musart. Mark is also featured on albums by Dennis Gonzalez, Research, Elton Dean, Dave Sinclair, Soft Heap and as a session musician on many other releases. His skills as a midi guitarist led to an association with Lou Reed and Mark's contribution is acknowledged on Lou's album - Songs for Drella, with John Cale.

Mark has twice visited Nashville in 1994 to record with members of the Hal Ketchum and Kathy Mattea bands and give live solo performances. His live performances saw him sharing the same 'bill' as Arlen Roth and Joe Dalton, and visitors to the NAMM show and British Music Fair, London, saw him demonstrating Lakewood guitars.

Other music interests

Aside from jazz, Mark has been involved in producing dance music for Nathan Jones and has worked with the Detroit Spinners and the Three Chances. He has collaborated with Anthony Aiello (saxophonist with the Joe Jackson band) on writing songs for Anthony's first album. He is frequently asked to produce computer sequencing for dance projects.

Mark's dance band 'Tritonik' was a major draw on the London music scene during 1992 and 1993, when the singer, Tania Evans, found world-wide chart success with `Culture Beat'. Currently he is working with Hugh Hopper to write and produce songs for their band `Dark Horse', which will feature the vocal talents of Liza Smith.

Mark's first solo album - `the Electric Guitar' - is released on the Daagnim label and features his unique techniques for playing guitar without using the strings or any extraneous effects. His second solo album utilising different guitar playing techniques is being produced by Lou Reed's producer, Jeremy Darby, and is nearing completion.

Further information can be obtained from

        YVONNE LEDLEY
        MUSART SERVICES
        81 KNOLLYS ROAD
        LONDON SW16 2JW

        TELEPHONE: 0181 769 2012
Or, better yet, visit Musart
services UKMUSART ~ for Music

Mark's e-mail address is mhewins@musart.sonnet.co.uk.

Mark's Tunes

Ask And Tell (82 k) A Soul Ballad.

Slow Intro Chords for Big Bend (101 k) Ambient.

Cirrus (111 k) Jazz Waltz/Ballad.

Doo Ya Doo Ya Doo K/T. (113 k) Jazz Waltz/Ballad.

Everybody Solo (79 k), Medium Shuffle.

Hugh's News (68 k) Ballad.

Kick Some Bass (104 k) Funk.

Led It Lay (78 k) Funky.

Malice in Blunderland (96 k) Jazz Waltz.

Son of Parkinson (91 k) Blues Swing.

Von's Jump (104 k) Swing.

Yes, You Are Beautiful (104 k) Ballad.

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