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Click here to listen to an Italian Radio (radiocittadelcapo) interview regarding Marks Bologna Concert in April 2017.

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Big Takeover #81
Mark Springer "Circa" (album reviews)

I’ve been a fan of Rip Rig & Panic since I discovered God in the mid ’80s. Although they disbanded in 1983, they created a lasting postpunk no wave impression on my youthful skull. Now I have Springer, original piano, sax, and vocal man, back in my ears. But be warned… if you’re expecting that dissonant post-jazz noise, you’re gonna be disappointed. If you want to hear some classical and improvisational touches of delicate piano beauty and jazzed out moody soul shifting keyboard bliss, you’ve come to the right place. There are contributions from Rip Rig members SeanOliver and Flash, and enchanting vocals courtesy of the late Nico, on this collection of Springer’s compositions penned during the Rip Riggin’ days. Still worthwhile; still wonderful.

October 2017

Jack Rabid

 


The Wire
Mark Springer "Circa" (album reviews)


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September 2017

Mike Barnes

 


Record Collector Magazine
Mark Springer "Circa" (album reviews)


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August 2017

Paul McGuinness

 


Soundblab.com
Mark Springer "Circa" (online album review)


"...Just so you know: This doesn’t resemble pop music in any way.

But just so you should also know: Pop music should resemble this in many ways..."

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July 2017

Bill Golembeski

 


Mojo Magazine
Mark Springer "Circa" (album reviews)


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July 2017

Andy Cowan

 


Guardian
Mark Springer "Circa" (album reviews)


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Guardian

July 2017

John Lewis

 


vivelerock.net
Mark Springer "Circa" (album reviews)


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July 2017

 


Italian Newspaper Interview
Mark Springer, (live concert review)

April 2017


The Wire
Mark Springer, Arthur Jeffes-"Aparat" (album reviews)

April 2016

Mike Barnes



Record Collector
Mark Springer, Arthur Jeffes-"Aparat" (album reviews)

April 2016

Tim Peacock



PopMatters
Mark Springer, Arthur Jeffes-"Aparat" (album reviews)

"...these musicians precipitate the airs of a softly brewing storm and there’s a melodious depth to each of these numbers from which hypnotic grooves run soul-deep...."

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April 2016

Imrah Khan



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Mark Springer, Arthur Jeffes-"Aparat" (album reviews)


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May 2016

Nigel Williamson

 


Jazz Journal
Mark Springer- "The Watching Bird" & "The Rip Rig & Panic Piano Solos" (album reviews)


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Jazz Journal

Nov 2015

Simon Adams

 


Record Collector
Mark Springer- "The Watching Bird" & "The Rip Rig & Panic Piano Solos" (album reviews)


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Record Collector

Aug 2015

Tim Peacock


Prog
Mark Springer- "The Watching Bird" & "The Rip Rig & Panic Piano Solos" (album reviews)


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Prog Magazine

July 2015


PopMatters
Mark Springer- "The Watching Bird" & "The Rip Rig & Panic Piano Solos" (album reviews)

"...This year sees two new releases by Mark Springer, a musician and composer of dedicated craftsmanship who has honed his skills in everything from off-theIN MARK SPRINGER'S WORK, THERE IS A PRESENCE OF EMOTIONAL DISTORTION THAT PUSHES FORWARD A STRIKING NARRATIVE OF SIGNATURES AND CHORDS...."

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July 2015

Imrah Khan



Jazzwize
Mark Springer- "The Watching Bird" & "The Rip Rig & Panic Piano Solos" (album reviews)


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Jazzwize Magazine

July 2015


Classic Pop
Mark Springer- "The Watching Bird" & "The Rip Rig & Panic Piano Solos" (album reviews)


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ClassicPop Magazine

July 2015


The WIRE Magazine
Mark Springer- "The Watching Bird" & "The Rip Rig & Panic Piano Solos" (album reviews)


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The Wire Magazine

July 2015


MARLBANK
Mark Springer- "The Watching Bird" (album review)

"...Springer’s style virtuosic and sometimes emotional. There’s not a great deal of jazz interest (if that’s what you’re looking for... it shouldn’t be an issue) in fact hardly any. ‘Spontaneous Composition’ at the end comes closer and there is a Jarrettian power to some of the solo piano work..."

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stephen@marlbank.net

June 2015

 


MARLBANK
Mark Springer- "The Rip Rig & Panic Piano Solos" (album review)

"...The Rip Rig + Panic Piano Solos is more interesting and includes unreleased recordings dating back to the 80s and a few B sides of original releases..."

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stephen@marlbank.net

June 2015

An Interview with Mark Springer

"Possibly the only punker during the UK’s post-punk revolution in the early ‘80s to have a serious understanding and appreciation of Chopin and Stravinsky..."

"...Springer’s command over the piano articulates a certain horror of magic and nuance; his execution is beautiful and deadly all at once..."

"...Because the music is rooted in both classical and jazz, there is a timeless quality to Piano..."

"...As a new release with additional contemporary bonus material, I think it should appeal to firstly the Rip Rig and Panic audience and then to anybody who loves dynamic solo piano music and virtuoso playing..."

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Imran Khan

November 2014



Daily Mirror
Mark Springer, "Piano" (press coverage)

March 2017

 


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Jazzwise Magazine - October 2014
Mark Springer - "Piano" (3 stars album review)


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Classic Pop Magazine
Mark Springer - "Piano" (4 stars album review)


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We all know what happened to singer Neneh Cherry, when Rip Rip + Panic split in the early Eighties. But what of their keyboard player, Mark Springer? Well, he ditched the rig and panic (and the punk and the funk) and booked himself into Marcus Music Studios in Kensington Gardens for some prescient sole sessions. At the time, Marcus was a hotbed of new wave activity with Blancmange, Classx Nouveaux, Shriekback, Fashion and Nik Kershaw all recording there at the same time. But Springer had pure, improvised solo piano in mind for an album that was released in 1984 but now, finally, gets a CD release along with six bonus tracks. Jazzy improv aside, the ambient pieces pre-date the acclaimed tear-jerking work of Ludovico Einaudi by a good 30 years.

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Blow Up Magazine Italy
Mark Springer - "Piano" (album review)



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Record Collector Magazine
Mark Springer - "Piano" (album review)

Pianist and composer Mark Springer first gained widespread recognition with experimental Bristolians Rip Rig & Panic: an avant-pop collective also featuring a youthful Neneh Cherry and two former members of The Pop Group. They barely registered with the mainstream, but recorded three critically acclaimed (and recently reissued) LPs for Virgin before abruptly splitting during 1983. Springer has since pursued a nomadic, left-field solo career, kicking off in 1984 with Piano. A self-explanatory 15-track collection of solo improvisations, it was originally released through the Illuminated imprint, but only belatedly receives its CD debut on its 30th anniversary.

Superficially, Piano’s sonic premise is identical to Springer’s higher-profile Menu, released by Virgin in 1991. Both LPs stem from solo studio performances performed on Steinway concert grand pianos, though Piano is by some way the more accessible of the two. Never sitting comfortably with either jazz or avant-garde, it inhabits an introspective space between; its ever-changing moods countenance everything from the gentle, rippling nocturnes of Krix to the dextrous, Bill Evans-esque Catsefee.

As with the expanded 2013 reissue of Menu, this new edition of Piano is bolstered by the addition of a clutch of previously unreleased tracks. Though all are highly accomplished, the languid The More Things Change and balmy, contemplative Kleine Mann surely rank among Springer’s finest ever recordings.

Phil Smith

http://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/piano

 

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Strange Days Magazine-Japan
Mark Springer - "Piano" (album review)


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Pop Matters
Mark Springer - "Menu" (album review)

Mark Springer was one of the more forward-thinking figures to lead Bristol’s post-punk scene in the early 1980s. His work as a pianist in one of the most exciting bands to come out of the era, jazz-punkers Rip, Rig and Panic, exhibited a freeform lucidity that paid respect to both jazz and classical and was undeniably punk in spirit. Check out his work on the band’s most gorgeous, supple number “Sunken Love”, and you hear Carla Bley channeling Karol Szymanowski while backing Marvin Gaye. At heart, Springer was always spiritually linked to the most important composers who laid the groundwork for modern classical music (like Stravinsky and the aforementioned Szymanowski) and his work on Menu clearly voices his love for the piano.

Menu is essentially a commitment to the instrument, a collection of songs that detail a lifelong dedication of work that has seen him through his formative years as an artist and through the freedom days of punk. Numbers such as the pensive, contemplative “The Downs” convey an almost curious circuitry of anxiety, a moment of indecision where the notes wind round and round endlessly in a quietly growing panic. Other tracks, such as “Bellissima”, flush with a romantic glow that is as pressing as it is subdued. Springer doesn’t forget his dealings with Rip, Rig and Panic. “Shook the Atmosphere” is a nervous, twitchy roundabout which has the artist pummeling the keys with the applied pressure of a madman while the multi-tonal, painterly drips of “Kroogspiel” are fraught with the memories of his wild days in a punk band.

Imran Khan

http://www.popmatters.com/review/179324-mark-springer-menu/


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The List
Rip Rig & Panic - "God" (album review)

"...It's not every day a free-jazz-punk-skronk-funk combo get to strut their stuff on a prime time BBC TV sitcom..."

http://www.list.co.uk/article/52813-rip-rig-and-panic-god-i-am-cold-attitude/

 

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Record Collector
Mark Springer - "Menu" (album review)
Marky's Magic Piano

Though his otherworldly virtuosity was one of the key elements of hip early 80s avant-jazz collective Rip Rig + Panic, pianist Mark Springer has kept a relatively low profile since.

He certainly hasn’t been idle, though in recent years his reputation as a painter (Edinburgh Fringe collaborations with Damien Hirst; an exhibition of landscape and figure paintings currently in situ at London’s Jonathan Clark Gallery) has rivalled the musical achievements on his CV.

Of the 10 solo LPs bearing Springer’s name, 1991’s Menu is arguably his most widely celebrated. Housed in a suitably pensive sleeve shot by Juergen Teller, it was originally released by Virgin and features 20 solo compositions performed by Springer on a Steinway concert grand piano. It’s a cerebral enough premise on paper, yet while a number of tracks (Commotion In The Ocean, Stringbreaker) favour expression over plot, even casual fans can derive pleasure from the relatively linear likes of the delicate Ticklish Locusts or the playful, Dave Brubeck-ish Blue Dust Fast.

The sleevenotes stress Springer performed the bonus 14-track CD on a Bösendorfer rather than a Steinway, but only the highly attuned will notice the join. In fact, while Mark Springer’s dextrous commitment to his piano is beyond reproach, his Menu is rather lacking in variety.

Tim Peacock

http://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/menu

 


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The Independent
Rip Rig & Panic - "God" (album review)

"...Press "Play" and stand well back: RR+P's 1981 debut is still strong stuff, with a level of energy and experiment that shames today's boho fringe...."

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-rip-rig--panic-god-cherry-red-8722875.html

 


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Mojo Magazine Review
Rip Rig & Panic - "God" (album review)

"Bristol's agit-punk outfit's 1981 debut album thrills with a heavy blend of lithe grooves, anarchic sprit, free jazz inspiration and skronk, and Neneh Cherry's wild vocals. Artful, righteous, fresh and utterly compelling. PA"

 

Pop Matters
Rip Rig & Panic - "Sunken Love" (song review)

"...The fun-loving, anarchic jazz-punkers projected their sumptiously cool slice of post-punk pop into the future with 1983's "Sunken Love", a number that was jaw-droppingly far ahead of its time..."

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/173173-rip-rig-panic-sunken-love/

 

The Guardian
Pax Trio, Triptych

The Pax Trio's Triptych showcases Springer alongside saxophonist David Wright and tabla master Pandit Dinesh. The result is a kind of pastoral chamber music that occasionally recalls the "Jazz Britannia" of Indo-Jazz Fusions and Michael Garrick.

John L Walters The Guardian, Friday 4 November 2005

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2005/nov/04/jazz.shopping4



The Independant
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Branson's best: Rip Rig & Panic A virgin top ten

 

 
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The Independant
Stretch your ears by Phil Johnson

Double CD: CD1 (Solo Piano); CD2 (Music for 4 Pianios)
Composed and Performed by Mark Springer

...METONIC reveals a remarkable talent for intense, often positively rhapsodic, melodies. Mostly they don't sound like anyone else at all, although occasionally one thinks of a kind of cross between Chopin and Philip Glass.

...on the first disc Springer is at his most virtuosic and playful, with a wonderful lightness of touch. Over all, the effect is compelling and magical.

...The second CD consists of 12 piano quartets with Springer overdubbing each part . . .here the quartet form allows for a constant pulse and a lot of textural layering within the repeating patterns, which shimmer with the audio equivalent of a moiré effect.

 

 

Mojo

nature, music, food & the stars

MOJO
Chris Ingham

Double CD Composed by Mark Springer
Performed by:
Mark Springer- Piano & Sax
Clive Deamer - Percussion
The Zoom Quartet - Electronica

...this CD has high-register tinkling, mid-register droning, low-register rumbling and obsessive tinkling on a single motif or scale, that is quite spellbinding

CD2 features a stately 55-minute improvisation that largely explores sonorous possibilities of sustained chords on a Steinway Grand in the acoustics of the Union Chapel, London where it was recorded.

The Wire
Louise Gray

A reiterated piano note, slowly marking time against a developing undercurrent of stealthy depths down in the base clef, offers an introduction of poise to Mark Springer's album.

...his CD perpetuates the links between no holds barred performance and an inquisitive approach to form and function.

...the piano seems to function as an exploratory probe . . .and Springer's saxophone layers on a wild, unpredictable improv that is reiterated by Clive (Portishead) Deamer's tight drum patterns and the Zoom Quartet's electronic atmospheres.

The Guardian
On the Edge CD Releases By John L. Walters


Springer is a pianist with prodigious amounts of stamina and invention ...there's a strong natural form and line to his playing that makes him surprisingly accessible.

The Independent


On this CD Springer shows he's still ahead of the game ...throughout, he creates a beguilingly strange sound-world ...the saxophone parts are strikingly expressive, like late Coltrane produced by Tricky. The second CD's extended improv coaxes an astonishing range of sounds from the Steinway ....with the notes leading to some beautiful effects.

The Alternative Press
USA Music Magazine


NATURE, MUSIC... Springer creates a delicate balance of jazz-noir and engaging experimentalism. Unlike many of his post-punk colleagues he opts to explore his future rather than trade on his past.

Daily Express
Jeremy Novick


If the sound of a bloke playing a piano makes your heart sing, you've come to the right place... Springer hits the spot here with this double CD

 

 

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MOJO
Rob Chapman

Composed and Performed by:
Mark Springer - Piano and Vocals
S. Stella - Additional Vocals
The Zoom Quartet, Powder and Kyobe - Percussion and Electronica

This is a very different beast to EYE (Exit 001), which foregrounded Springer's considerable dexterity on the piano. In CAPTURE... his virtuosity is tempered with programmed beats, to good effect... with deft splashes of eerie and unsettling electronica and stuttering acid pulses in tracks like Your Body Temptation and Whisper, their composer's ever-present and effortlessly executed, conservatoire tendencies dominate.

...when Springer unleashes some of those furious Cecil Taylor-like ripples over the beats they hint at sublime fusions as yet undeveloped in modern music.

The Wire
Will Montgomery

Springer sings songs of desire bravely . . .and at the keyboards he juxtaposes Harpsichord, Fender Rhodes and conventional piano. . . Springer's methodology might be unique, integrating cracked ditties of love with pianistic skills that draw on Jaki Byard, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett along with doses of Debussy.

The Big Issue
Will Simpson

CAPTURE is the sound of arthouse meeting dancefloor... overall effect is unlike most things you have heard before. Its closest relative is probably the baroque pop of Bjork's Homogenic album.

Bristol Evening Post
Victoria Meakin

There's no doubt that Springer's an excellent pianist. When it comes to his CD CAPTURE the Bristol's musicians keyboard skills are just the tip of the iceberg... tracks like the title song Capture and Don't Move Me demonstrate an effective vocal collaboration between Springer and female singer S.Stella. If you are a fan of the best Yoko Ono solo stuff Don't Move Me alone makes the album worthwhile.

 

 

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MOJO
Rob Chapman

Composed and Performed by Mark Springer

On EYE, Springer plays contemplative pieces, with a touch of Bill Evans, a sprinkling of Grieg and Chopin... a meditative, beguiling and assured record from a mature talent who has found his inner voice.

 

 

 
       
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The EXIT LABEL is a home for some of the best Contemporary classical, Jazz and Pop music. Exit has established itself as a leading British based label that covers a wide area which includes String Quartets , Piano quintet, Solo Piano, music for 4 and 5 pianos, and Jazz trio.
The label has been releasing a series of critically acclaimed new recordings by the pianist and composer Mark Springer. Springer first came to prominence with the group Rip Rig & Panic - an innovative and revolutionary band - whose music still defies categorization, a group which also featured the singer Neneh Cherry and the legendary jazz trumpeter with the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Don Cherry. Also the label had released music featuring the PORTISHEAD drummer Clive Deamer and a series of experimental pop with vocals and electronica. We are a leading Record Company in the field of contemporary music.

 

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