Mit weichen, orchestralen Synthesizerklängen malt Jon
Mark ein romantisches Bild maurischer Kultur, möchte aber
auch (im letzten Teil) an die Grausamkeit der Konquistadoren
und die vielen Opfer des Fanatismus erinnern.
Aromatic flavors of Spain and Islam commingle in Alhambra
soul-stirring music inspired by the fabulous palace that stands
as a massive monument to the Moors of Africa and medieval invaders
who ultimately brought their exotic richness to the southern plains
of Iberia. The music of Jon Mark
soars as high
as the massive outer walls of the palace-fortress Alhambra, and
sings as intricately as the elaborate mosaics that grace the inner
walls. His melodies create the calm of the fountained courtyards
and the clarity of the cloudless sky reflected in their pools.
His impressions can be as delicate as a petal of a flower or as
majestic as the Alhambra itself.
On his synthesizer, Jon Mark brings alive the legends of the
Alhambra, its walls echoing with the exotic sounds of Moorish
Spain. The rhythms are undeniably Andalusian; the richness is
undeniably Jon Markpassionate, graceful and sweeping.
A top English session musician in the 60s, Jon Mark played
with everyone from The Rolling Stones and Marianne
Faithfull, to blues sensation John Mayall.
As the decade came to a close, the vocalist, composer, and guitarist
began exploring the potential of jazz rock fusion as co-leader
of the highly influential Mark-Almond band. After the group
dispersed in the late 70s, Mark moved to New Zealand.
||Arabesque (Night of the Gypsies)
||The Court of the Kings
||Coming of the Moors
||Glory of Spain
||The Triology of the Innocent Ones: