'Wingfield's guitar playing is mysterious, majestic, and blazing' Guitar Player Magazine Guitar Encryptions An album that features the guitar as the central story teller. This is an album of places and atmospheres, within which Mark's inimitable guitar paints vivid pictures and compelling musical stories. Each track tells of a different place, perhaps a different time. As a central improvising voice, the guitar is the driving force of every track. Mark's ability for sustained improvisation is used to full effect here. Rarely will you hear this level of continuous thematic and melodic invention, compelling musical stories that are always taking new twists and turns. Mark worked with keyboard and pianist René von Grünig on Guitar Encryptions. René's lends his distinctive style to great effect on this CD, creating backdrops and atmospheres over which Mark tells amazing stories on the guitar. Guitar Encryptions is a unique listening experience, an album that discerning listeners and guitar enthusiasts alike should not miss. Mark Wingfield One of the most original and distinctive electric guitarists playing today, Mark's improvising is always compelling, continually inventive and melodically uplifting. As a composer Mark embodies a unique mixture of influences and backgrounds. His considerable experience performing and recording with European jazz groups such as SMQ, Scapetrace and his own group is mixed with his involvement in classical forms as both player and composer. Mark is currently working with some of the UK's best classical performers both as a composer and as a player, mixing his unique style of jazz guitar with the beautifully performed compositions. Having just completed a major composing commission, Mark is now playing concerts both with renowned classical harpsichordist Jane Chapman (a unique mixture of composition and improvisation) and his Guitar Encryptions tour with keyboardist René von Grünig. Mark has also composed string quartets, works for wind and keyboards, piano and harpsichord. His compositions were recently the subject of a lecture at Goldsmiths College London to mark the opening of it's new Contemporary Music Department and also featured in a composition lecture and workshop at Dartington College of Arts music department. Other often eclectic influences such as Indian, Japanese and African music also feature strongly in Mark's playing. These influences are fused with jazz and western classical music, and seamlessly integrated into a unique and highly distinctive musical voice. On his CD Fallen Cities, he collaborated with Lebanese singer Samia Afra, and continued his interest in non-western forms, working and performing with Turkish musicians such as Gökhan Özyavuz in Istanbul as well as Zambian musician KT Lumpa. Mark has a long standing interest in the innovative use of technology in music, which he often uses to create new and unique guitar sounds as you can hear on Guitar Encryptions. Press Quotes: 'Wingfield's guitar playing is mysterious, majestic, and blazing' Guitar Player Magazine 'uplifting...inspiration...engaging' Guitar Techniques 'the six string winged, improvising Shaman...The word 'Wow!' is spoken there in every tongue.' Billy Sheppard - Music That Matters 'Vivid and compelling stories told by the guitar' Abstract Logix 'There are so many electric guitar virtuoso albums ...it's so easy to overlook some of the better of these ...Mark Wingfield is a case in point...' Guitar Techniques "almost moved me to tears." BBC 'Contemporary jazz doesn't get any better than this.' Fretwired ''less is more' in places as well as lightning playing in others, but always playing the right note in the right place.' '...definitely deserves multiple listenings' iTunes review "Simply one of the best guitarists I've ever heard in my long career, essential listening" Richard Newman (Producer and presenter of Ch4 TV guitar documentary, author of numerous books on rock music). ?"One of today's most creative transatlantic musical voices" BMIC "One of the UK's best new composers" SPNM.