MARK O'LEARY

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Mark O'Leary was born in Cork City Ireland.Being mainly auto didactic on guitar he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to study at Musicians Institute,from where he later graduated. He has presented his music in 29 countries and has played at some of the worlds top Jazz festivals and contemporary Jazz venues.

He has toured Europe as a member of Canadian Pianist Paul Bley's trio,he has performed in duo with Jack DeJohnette,in a jazz trio with Yes/King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford, in duo with Han Bennink,composed and performed classical music with Cikada string quartet,collaborated in an all electronics setting with Sound Artist Gunter Muller and with Jakob Riis,in a free improvisation combo with Evan Parker and Sunny Murray, performed in concerts with Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive, played Norwegian folk music with Nils Okland, Swedish folk music with Mats Eden, Jazz with Uri Caine, he has performed in
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MARK O'LEARY Levitation (with Tomasz Stanko and Billy Hart) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Levitation (with Tomasz Stanko and Billy Hart)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
MARK O'LEARY Chamber Trio (with Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chamber Trio (with Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
MARK O'LEARY Self-Luminous (with Mat Maneri / Randy Peterson) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Self-Luminous (with Mat Maneri / Randy Peterson)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
MARK O'LEARY Closure (with Uri Caine, Ben Perowsky) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Closure (with Uri Caine, Ben Perowsky)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
MARK O'LEARY Waiting album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Waiting
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
MARK O'LEARY Awakening album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Awakening
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
MARK O'LEARY Signs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Signs
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
MARK O'LEARY Flux (with Dylan Van Der Schyff, Wayne Horvitz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flux (with Dylan Van Der Schyff, Wayne Horvitz)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
MARK O'LEARY On the Shore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On the Shore
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
MARK O'LEARY Skyshifter (with Günther Müller) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Skyshifter (with Günther Müller)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2007
MARK O'LEARY Shamanic Voices (with Terje Isungset) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shamanic Voices (with Terje Isungset)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
MARK O'LEARY Underground Jazz Trio : Radio Free Europa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Underground Jazz Trio : Radio Free Europa
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
MARK O'LEARY Television (with Han Bennink) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Television (with Han Bennink)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
MARK O'LEARY Fabrikraum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fabrikraum
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2008
MARK O'LEARY Zemlya album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zemlya
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
MARK O'LEARY The Synth Show (with Kenny Wollesen, Jamie Saft) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Synth Show (with Kenny Wollesen, Jamie Saft)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
MARK O'LEARY Ellipses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ellipses
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
MARK O'LEARY Ode To Albert Ayler (with Sunny Murray) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Ode To Albert Ayler (with Sunny Murray)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
MARK O'LEARY Labyrinth (with Matthew Shipp) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Labyrinth (with Matthew Shipp)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
MARK O'LEARY Atmos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Atmos
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2009
MARK O'LEARY 4 Urban Landscapes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
4 Urban Landscapes
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
MARK O'LEARY Stoj album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Stoj
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
MARK O'LEARY Waves III (with Jeff Gauthier & Alex Cline) album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Waves III (with Jeff Gauthier & Alex Cline)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
MARK O'LEARY Project Apollo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Project Apollo
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2011
MARK O'LEARY Astral Fishing album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Astral Fishing
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2011
MARK O'LEARY Mark O'Leary, Daniele Santini : Norge - Italia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mark O'Leary, Daniele Santini : Norge - Italia
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012
MARK O'LEARY Mark O'Leary, Domenico Sciajno ‎: Seascapes, Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mark O'Leary, Domenico Sciajno ‎: Seascapes, Vol.1
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2013
MARK O'LEARY Urban Nature album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Urban Nature
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2013
MARK O'LEARY Remixes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remixes
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2013
MARK O'LEARY Markets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Markets
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2014
MARK O'LEARY Elektronische Musik album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elektronische Musik
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2014
MARK O'LEARY Seascape Murals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Seascape Murals
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2014

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MARK O'LEARY live albums

MARK O'LEARY St Fin Barre's (with Ståle Storløkken, Stein Inge Braekhus) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
St Fin Barre's (with Ståle Storløkken, Stein Inge Braekhus)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
MARK O'LEARY Live In Istanbul album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Istanbul
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
MARK O'LEARY Snow album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Snow
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
MARK O'LEARY Antarctica (with Jeff Herr & Søren Kjærgaard) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Antarctica (with Jeff Herr & Søren Kjærgaard)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012

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MARK O'LEARY Waves III (with Jeff Gauthier & Alex Cline)

Album · 2011 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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"Waves III" is the third album from Irish guitarist Mark O'Leary's "Californian" series of recordings. The first two were released in 2007 ("Signs" on English fmr records, and the quite popular "On The Shore" on the Portuguese Clean Feed label). It took four more years until these recorded materials were prepared for release in Cork'c Hub Studio.

Different from O'Leary's more recent works, this 2011 release contains experimental jazz, not ambient. Two of Mark's collaborators in this trio are well-known West Coast jazz musicians; electric violinist Jeff Gauthier and drummer Alex Cline (twin brother of guitarist Nels Cline). Both of them (together with above mentioned Nels) are the main power of the renowned Jeff Gauthier Goatette.

This album's music contains slow repetitive processed guitar sounds and seascapes beautifully arranged by aerial, near classical percussion and sensitive violin. The guitar often sounds close to keyboards, building the compositions atmospheric body while the electric violin's voice-like soloing (and some sound effects time to time) input life in all of the musical constructions. From nature's beautiful soundscapes, the music moves to a more dramatic mood, sounding almost like a church organ. All of this album's music is influenced by classic music: sometimes in almost invisible touches, and other times - as the main composition's theme. I believe this musical trio has found a great balance between ambient liquidity, classical emotionalism and the modernity of improvisational experimentalism. As a result, the whole album sounds various, beautiful and quite unpredictable, which is a rare case in the world of ambient-related music.

MARK O'LEARY Astral Fishing

Album · 2011 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Irish guitarist Mark O'Leary's "Astral Fishing" isn't avant-garde jazz album as some his previous works. Recorded in Helsinki in collaboration with two Finnish musicians - bassist Teppa Hauta-aho and drummer Olavi Louhivuori - this album contains ambient music,close to Robert Fripp's soundscapes.

Conceptual work is based on Helsinki architecture and described in liner notes as "architectural atmospheric ambience". This city is a place I discovered for myself somewhere in mid-80s and in which I am returning again and again. And it's really great how during his short visit Mark caught city's atmosphere!

Founded in 15 century Helsinki is quite young town (at least comparing with really old towns surrounding it in this part of Europe). It was a tiny place,far provincial corner of Swedish Kingdom for ages, and only in 18 century (when Sweden lost a lot of kingdom's eastern territories after unsuccessful wars with Russia)Helsinki started to grow as military for-post in North-West of Russian Empire). Still town got its recent face after Finland independence from Russia in 1918. Being a typical North European town means a lot of grey stone buildings and lot of water around.Winter time lasts almost half a year, with no sun in the sky week after week. Short and cool summer,nature almost has no bright colors at all. All you see around is not colored by different colors, but by hundred of half-tones of few ascetic basic colors (grey,brown,dark-blue, green - during short summer). Life goes a bit slower than in more southern places and doesn't show emotions in public. But it's far not a sad or depressive place - not at all!

I always reach Helsinki by same way - crossing the Bay Of Finland by ferry from thousand years old Tallinn. Few hours sea-travelling brings me from remembering early ages Tallinn's old town to the heart of Helsinki - lots of small islands and high dark Jugend-style buildings,facing the sea and coming and leaving seaboats. Vibrant open air market with fresh fish and souvenirs for tourists, small square with old cafe,children playing near city's fountain. Neo-classicist quarters are changing with more modern functionalist buildings, and you feel like you're in 30's or 50's, when technical progress and functionality looked like a civilization panacea from all troubles. The world is turned around from that time and what looked like panacea then looks like placebo now. But not in Helsinki.

Atmospheric,cold,liquid,rhytmless sound very slowly flows all album long. It's not dark or depressive, but ascetic, constructionist and has its own beauty, not in hordes,but in half-tones. Album's music is like Helsinki in wintertime - rational,never showing emotions, but optimistic and looking ahead. It's great to see how during his short visit O'Leary found out the spirit of the town!Yes, no mistake - it's true soundtrack to Helsinki's life, with ducks on clear first ice on city's lake, old trams, wooden building of winter botanical garden on the hill near lake with few red tropical flowers - the only bright points around and families,drinking hot coffee from paper cups inside... Just very few years before Robert Fripp recorded great live music one hundred kilometers south from here, in small Haapsalu church on Estonian coast. Similar soundscapes,but of quite different atmosphere - sacral and coming from early ages. O'Leary did in Art Nouveau Helsinki - and it works!

MARK O'LEARY Snow

Live album · 2010 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Mark O'Leary is probably Ireland's best known modern jazz/experimental guitarist, travelling around the globe and playing with local musicians. His music covers wide areas such as jazz fusion, experimental improvisational music and Nordic folk songs.

From "Snow" titled album with blue mountain, covered by snow on the cover one can expect Nordic airy jazz with folksy tunes, but that would be a mistake. O'Leary's "Snow" is based on Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk's novel "Snow", a story about a journalist marooned in a small mountain area town, covered by snow. A story about personal freedom and herd brutality rules, so there is a lot of tension and drama in this album's music.

Recorded during the same Turkish sessions with local jazz trio as O'Leary's previous album, "Live In Istanbul", "Snow" sounds close to its predecessor. Terje Rypdal influenced slow, even lazy processed guitar sounds build ambient soundscapes, filled with ascetic percussion, bass and impressionistic touches of trumpet, scented by minimalist electronic effects. All six compositions sound more like one long soundtrack, full of silent sadness and tension.

Using the same dynamic structure formula as on the previous album - starting from a very laid back music and then increasing tension, sound and drama step by step, "Snow" demonstrates faster changes that makes it more alive and attractive. In combination with the nervous dark atmosphere this music is hardly a nice ambient-related lounge sound, more like the excellent soundtrack to a documentary from this tragedy's place.

MARK O'LEARY Live In Istanbul

Live album · 2010 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Mark O’Leary is an avant-garde guitarist who has played with a virtual who’s who of other avant-garde artists over the years, and since the beginning of this century, has been turning out a steady stream of recordings under his own name. “Live in Istanbul” features O’Leary fronting a quartet that includes Omer Can Uygen on trumpet and electronics, Murat Copur on bass and electronics and Senoi Kucukyildirim on drums. This recorded concert is split into four sections on the CD, with each section having its own sound and direction, but there is no discernable break between sections, they run together as one long improvised avant-garde jam.

This concert opens with low volume buzzing electronics and metallic sounds with Uygen’s trumpet occasionally floating on top, it sounds like a quiet Stockhausen piece back when his son Marcus would play trumpet with him. As they shift into the second section the drums enter with a quiet shifting abstract post-bop beat recalling Paul Motian. At this point O’Leary unleashes his formidable technique on guitar with a relaxed and distant reverb heavy sound. O’Leary sounds a bit like Terje Rypdal, and when Uygen joins him on trumpet, there is a similarity to Rypdal’s work with Palle Mikkelborg. As we move into section three, the band picks up in intensity, but still seems to have a certain laid back sound along the lines of the old ECM avant-garde sides. Everything breaks down for the last section and the band drops into a quiet exchange of atonal lounge riffs. Again the band builds on this idea before bringing things to a close.

“Live in Istanbul” is not your typical semi-free jazz blowout. Much of this concert is fairly quiet, and even at full tilt this band still seems to keep their cool. If you are looking for abstract free jazz with an almost lounge/chill room sensibility, this is it.

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