Byron’s latest project ‘ODYSSEY’ explores the sonic possibilities when combining piano with a traditional string quartet, cajon, tabla, and flamenco dance.
After many tours and performances with flamenco ensembles around Australia, Byron has developed a strong passion for flamenco rhythms. He is using this knowledge to craft unique compositions inspired by flamenco palos, yet coloured with Latin and Jazz rhythms/harmonies, whilst staying true to his classical piano roots.
With this, the ‘Byron Mark Septet’ was formed – and is a powerful live ensemble, with members from all around the world.
“The performers exuberance was infectious” (ClassikON)
“Byron’s piano tinkles, trills and rollicks along; mellifluous, even while exploring jazz & flamenco motifs.” (Syke off Stage)
PIANO/PERCUSSION: Byron Mark (Australia – Greek/Maltese/Croatian)
TABLA: Maharshi Raval (India)
CAJON/PERCUSSION: Giorgio Rojas (Peru)
VIOLINS: Anna Murakawa (Brazil) & Yuhki Mayne (Australia/Japan)
VIOLA: Phoebe Gilbert (Australia)
CELLO: Damian de Boos-Smith (Italy/Australia).
Flamenco Guitar (special guest): Paco Lara (Spain)
Flamenco Dancers: Chachy Penalver & Lauren Majarres (Sydney), and Roshanne Wijeyeratne (Adelaide). Byron invites guest flamenco dancers to the stage during some performances. This is a real treat for the audience and is mesmerising to watch the connection between the dancer’s footwork and the rhythms and melodies from the ensemble.
To date, the Septet have performed successful sold-out concerts at the Tom Mann Theatre, Annandale Creative Arts Centre, Foundry 616, Peach Black Gallery, and Mosman Art Gallery.
Byron has released the following singles in 2022 from ODYSSEY: