Percussionist / Recording Artist / Music Producer & Director / Ethnomusicologist
With countless recordings and performances to his credit, Mark Lamson is highly sought after for his experience and expertise in a broad range of musical styles. While Mark’s repertoire includes R&B, rock, latin jazz, New Orleans brass band, funk, and hip hop- his true mastery and passion lies in fusing the popular and traditional music of Brazil and Cuba with modern American and Latin American styles. One of Mark’s greatest achievements to date has been the creation, and recording of the album “Bata Ketu” with San Francisco musician Michael Spiro. Conceived as a fusion and interplay of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian folkloric music, Mark and Michael produced the CD in 1996, it has since hailed around the world as being a landmark recording. “Bata Ketu” is registered with the Smithsonian Institute and has received funding from the Rockefeller Institute. Mark is the Director, Manager and lead percussionist for SOL e MAR-a dynamic Brazilian/Latin music collective which he co-founded in 1985. Mark has performed with Sergio Mendes and The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also played with Harry Belafonte, opened for Ivan Lins and The Neville Brothers, and has performed at numerous jazz, Carnaval, and street festivals including San Diego Street Scene, San Francisco’s Carnaval, the Stanford Jazz Festival, and the Mardi Gras Ball at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA. As a Production coordinator, Mark has been contracted by numerous Fortune 500 clients to plan and produce large scale events with up to 10,000 in attendance. Mark is recognized around the globe for his abilities as an educator and workshop clinician. In addition to serving for twenty years as an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University, Mark has served for ten years as a faculty member for the prestigious California Brazil Camp. Mark most recently served in the capacity of adjunct faculty in the World Music department at Santa Clara University in San Jose, CA and in the past, has been on the adjunct faculty for CSU Long Beach, Palomar College and has been a guest lecturer and conducted clinics at UCSD, UCLA, Portland State University, Wisconsin State University, Lawrence University, Tulane University and has conducted numerous International workshops. In 2013, Mark was commissioned by the U.S. State Department to conduct an Artist in Residency in Monterey, Mexico.