Mark Baynes is a jazz pianist with a contemporary leaning. Mark’s doctoral research has provided an analytical lexicon that can be used to understand music in terms of what is defined as consonance and dissonance found in western music as a whole. Although informed by academia, Mark is primarily a performer, composer and accompanist residing in Auckland, New Zealand. Mark is a presenter of 95bFM's The Jazz Show, and writes the X-Factory column for NZMusician Magazine.
Mark has enjoyed working with acts such as NZ hip hop artist King Kapisi, Che-Fu, Andy Vargas USA (Santana), Tim and Neil Finn, The Mint Chicks, Clay Jenkins (USA), Mark Kramer (USA), Tony Christie (UK), Anika Moa, Don McGlashan, Batucada Sound Machine, Bella Kalolo, APO and the Topp Twins. Mark worked for eighteen months in the Middle East as a musical director; a pianist/MD for ProShip (Canada) for two years; and has released two albums under the pseudonym of Ironic Trio (available on iTunes), and a producer and pianist of Henrique Morales’ debut studio album (2016), a collaboration between Brazilian and New Zealand musicians, sung by Morales and written by Fernando Corona.
Mark has collaborated on several highly successful projects including contributing to King Kapisi’s latest album release and co-writing Sunshine, a soon-to-be released single/video. One of the tracks on this album (Crush) won the best video category at the Pacific Music Awards 2014.
In 2008 Mark was awarded the Ariadne Danilow Music Prize (Victoria University) and the Sir Alan Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship (Massey University) enabling him to pursue postgraduate study. Mark has studied under Gary Burton at the Berklee College of Music. Mark currently works as the Programme Manager and Senior Lecturer at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand.