Mark Tuinstra About the Educator

Versatile and self-taught guitarist Mark Tuinstra, grew up in a musical environment - his father was a drummer and his mother played the piano and guitar. At the age of five he took classical lessons on piano and after a few years he started drumming on an old kit of his father. Soon after the drums the bass guitar followed and at the age of 14 he started to play guitar in several local pop/rock bands. He turned professional soon after.

His focus is wide, from jazz and free improv to African and Indian music, but also pop. This shows that Mark loves to play with others, only to PLAY; not restricted to any musical boundaries or conventions. This made him tour in Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Japan, Ireland, Senegal, Egypt, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, South-Africa etc. In The Netherlands he played on festivals like Lowlands and the Musicmeeting and in numerous jazzvenues like the BIMhuis in Amsterdam.

Mark currently plays in the Nordanians, in an 8 piece Mbalax-band with Senegalese singer Omar Ka and the Afrojazzband Atanga Boom!. Besides that he is one of the organizers of the Keppler Sessions in Amsterdam, he regularly composes music for Dutch television and he is a teacher at De Popschool in Amsterdam.

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