Mark Christopher Brandt has been performing and recording professionally since 1977. He has attained a reputation as one of the leading creative forces in the Washington D.C. music scene with an uncompromising integrity and a legacy of students boasting scholarships to major musical colleges and universities all over the country, as well as careers as successful as his own.
Mark has produced the highest quality musical artwork - presented consistently with state of the art production - since he first entered the international recording scene in 1995 with the release of his debut recording, Veritas.
His East Coast Duo, working full time since it’s inception in 2008, is one of the most reputable and in demand jazz groups on the East Coast. Content to work in the “covert” world of corporate functions, weddings, and private parties, the duo features Mark on acoustic piano and Shaun Jurek on acoustic bass.
In 2017, Mark began a musical collaboration with the Bulgarian-born master flutist, Yana Nikol. The two have released several projects together and they continue to push the envelope as individual artists of note with their freedom as improvisors and their remarkable and uncanny chemistry together.
Mark Christopher Brandt has maintained a full time performance schedule while remaining consistent in artistic output and quality on par with those at the national level of distinction. He cites his disciplined life of prayer, practice and exercise as the secret to his success, along with his personal code as a Catholic Christian: "God. Family. Career. In that order."
Mark Christopher Brandt
February 2, 1961 (age 57)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Genres of Interest, Study and Performance:
Musician’s Health: Techniques of practice, breathing, muscle memory, solving issues of stress and pain, musician’s diet, beating drug and alcohol addiction, the psychology of making music, the psychology of practice, the spirituality of making music, the spirituality of practice
World Music: Irish (traditional, dance and modern), Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Brazilian, Bulgarian
Rock: pop, country, jazz-rock, R&B, folk, blues
Jazz: Rag-time, stride, swing, be-bop, post-bop, modern, fusion, funk, blues, standards, Gershwin
Classical: Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin
Sacred Music: Chant, Polyphony, Praise and Worship, Contemporary orchestral and choir music for use in Catholic liturgies
Musician, composer, improvisor, recording artist, bandleader, producer, arranger, clinician, jazz pianist, motivational speaker, music educator, writer, independent label owner, booking agent, entrepreneur, lifeguard, construction, landscaping, bar-back, armed security guard, warehouse forklift operator, cocktail pianist
Acoustic piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizers
Works produced as a leader
1994–present: 13 CD’s, 3 DVD’s, 2 Music Method Books,
2 Spiritual Books
Catholic, married 28 years, four children, four grandchildren