South Africa — March 16, 2018 — Passion is something that some would argue is ingrained in us from those around us. That could very well be the truth when speaking about Mark Haskins and music. Inspired by the sounds of Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis at the tender age of seven, Mark became a pint-sized piano man. Encouraged by his late father who was a violinist, Mark went on to study music at the Trinity College of Music in London. In the almost 40 years he’s been making music he’s toured the world, played major Jazz festivals and been featured on BBC. After his wife passed Mark returned home to South Africa and established his own record company, MIH Music Publishers. 2018 holds a lot for the Jazz player as he has a new album, Changes, dropping in March – as well as two more before he heads to Japan for a tour in November.
Music in the Haskins’ household was as much a second language as English or Spanish is to another. Mark Haskins’ late father was a violinist and his sister a music teacher. So there was always a tune coming from some part of the house.
Mark’s room though was flooded with the likes of Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery. Imagine a seven-year-old tackling the likes of “Footprints” and “Born to Be Blue” on the piano. Mark did just that as his lessons started at an early age, only moving onto the drums a decade later. Many thought he’d jump right into music after high school, but he went to University and graduated with a master’s degree focused on electronic engineering and computer science.
Soon after that was obtained he switched gears and went on to further his music studies (jazz) at the Trinity College of Music in London. It was there that he took that childhood love of the greats and channeled them as he grew into his own modern day Jazz artist. Now an artist with almost four decades of experience behind him, he’s built up an impressive resume of accomplishments. From playing around the world touring with countless artists to being on the bill of major Jazz festivals to being featured on BBC – he’s done it all and then some. He has also worked as a session musician in London, Ireland, France, America and Australia with some of the very best artists in the world.
For years fans and critics alike have appreciated what Mark Haskins brings to the genre of Jazz. Whether it is his unorthodox compositions in songs like “African Heartbeat” or the more personal tracks he’s released recently in honor of his late wife such as “Nightride” and “The Echoes of Your Heart.”
The passing of his late wife prompted Mark to return to his home in South Africa. He established his own record company; MIH Music Publishers. Now he is focused on releasing his fifth studio album, Changes, on March 22, 2018. He plans on following Changes up with more new music before the year is done – all before he packs his bags and heads to Japan for a November string of shows.
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