Mark Darvill-Evans draws on a wide range of musical influences and following study at Cardiff University developed a unique musical style that combines and builds on these foundations with ideas from other creative pusuits. His music has been used in advertising and won support from personalities as diverse as Piers Lane and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.
Mark grew up in a musical family where his father was a church organist and his siblings musical tastes veered toward more contemporary sounds. He has previously collaborated with composer Robert Szymanek and is married to former concert pianist Jane.
Mark was interviewed by Frances Wilson for the Meet The Artist blog – you can read the interview at https://meettheartist.online/2017/09/26/mark-darvill-evans-composer/
Mark Darvill-Evans on Prima Facie Records
The Heart Flies Upward (PFCD137) £12.50
Composed by Mark Darvill-Evans
Performed by Siwan Rhys, Simon Mercer, Steve Waterman and Prima Facie Ensemble
The Heart Flies Upward - Part I - Sunrise
The Heart Flies Upward - Part II - The Dream
The Heart Flies Upward - Part IIb - Greetings
The Heart Flies Upward - Part III - Ceremonies
The Heart Flies Upward - Part IV - Into the Sun
The Heart Flies Upward - Part V - Climbing the Steps
The Heart Flies Upward - Part VI - Top of the World
The Heart Flies Upward - Part VIb - The Dance
The Heart Flies Upward - Part VII - The Heart Flies Upward
The Heart Flies Upward - Part VIII - Reunited with the Sun
'The Heart Flies Upward' is the second Prima Facie release (following Seeds of Time) by Classical Crossover composer Mark Darvill-Evans, a UK-based composer whose music fuses a variety of styles, blending aspects of classical music and progressive rock with rhythmic and structural nuances found in contemporary jazz.
The album features jazz trumpeter Steve Waterman and classical pianist Siwan Rhys, as well as several talented younger musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music who make up the Prima Facie Ensemble. It contains several short, discrete compositions and a ‘stream of consciousness’ over eleven tracks, 'The Heart Flies Upward'.
Previous works by Mark Darvill-Evans have won acclaim on Radio 3, a five- star review in International Piano, been used in film and TV soundtracks and won support from personalities as diverse as pianist Piers Lane and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. Mark’s music is influenced by Chopin, Debussy, Glass, Sakamoto and Satie.
Simon Mercer - organ / piano
Raya Kostova - piano
Sarah McCann - flute
Siwan Rhys - piano
Steve Waterman - trumpet
Mair Molteno - spoken word
Prima Facie Ensemble
You can read Mark Darvill-Evans' thoughts on the creation of 'The Heart Flies Upward' on the Prima Facie blog.
Seeds of Time - Meditations for piano (PFCD056) £12.50
Composed by Mark Darvill-Evans - Performed by Siwan Rhys
Moonlight on Roses
Hide & Seek
"A lovely disc." International Piano, July/August 2017.
"His music recollects times and places and people with tranquility but also a most generous sense of texture, colour and harmonic nuance." Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International.
The release of 'Seeds of Time – Meditations for Piano', introduces the listener to the music of composer Mark Darvill-Evans, most for the very first time. These fourteen inspiring and thought provoking pieces are performed by Siwan Rhys, who has worked closely with the composer to realise his vision in getting his music recorded.
"I would like to thank Steve Plews, John Cronin, Phil Hardman, Jane Darvill-Evans, Tim Parry, Matleena Lilja, Ian Robertson and the Turner Sims Hall. I would also like to thank Charlotte Smith and Robert Szymanak for their support."