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Featured Guitarist Sheffield University Theatre Production Out Of The Garden.


Performs two original rock musicals with own band Rock Release at Edinburgh Fringe Festival as percussionist. Composed 1st concerto At the Mountains of Madness scored for Rock band and Sheffield Halle Orchestra.


Drummer and guitarist for Blue Marble Taxi and Scobie showbands on the Northern club circuit and Scandinavian Ferries. National MECCA tour with soul stars James & Bobby Purify. Studio work for the album contains the hits I'm Your Puppet (No1UK Hit) and Morning Glory.


The Extras

Drummer for seminal Sheffield band The Extras. Management deal takes them to London and residencies at Marquee & Music Machine. Records at Berwick St Studios and for Radio 1 In Concert Series.


Forms YOYO multi-media performance group. 1st release: YOYO Poetico.


Joined Scream & Dance as percussionist. 1st single Giacommetti released on Revolver Records prompts appearance at Peter Gabriels first WOMAD festival.


With Scream & Dance at Trinity Hall, Bristol.

Scream & Dance record John Peel & Kid Jensen shows on BBC Radio One, the ICA London, and second WOMAD Festival.


First commission as composer for David Attenboroughs Planet Earth TV series on BBC1. Guests as percussionist on 1st EP by seminal Bristol multi-media band Startled Insects. YOYO release The Big Room EP.

Bristol Evening Post 1984

Formed Sound Advice Music Workshop as community resource teaching music theory/harmony and allowing access to recording facilities. Forms Graffi Jazz as drummer with Cameroonian Guitarist Asaah Papa. Records RPM show for BBC2 TV and tours UK playing WOMAD, Glastonbury, and Elephant Fayre festivals.


Continues educational experience; sets up Sound Advice partnership and becomes MD for Arts Opportunity Theatre, from where eventually emerges Roni Size and Massive Attack.


Sound Advice Music Workshop becomes first Community Education Centre outside London to offer Music Technology and 10 other weekly music courses for unemployed adults. Mobile workshops visit schools and hospitals for Therapy sessions.


First Choice, with Will Gregory (now of Goldfrapp) top left,
Phil Gibbs (2nd from right) and the late Jerry Underwood (top centre)

Percussionist on Startled Insects, 1st LP Curse of the Pheromones (Island Records). Commissioned by Western Eye TV for film soundtracks. Many live dates with Glaxo Babies & ZapD (Keys) Fission Brothers (Guitar) and First Choice and Bird Architects ( Drms).


Continues to be commissioned by Western Eye now living in Bath. Joins 5th Column in London. 1st single released on NW Records Steel Town. Drummer for residency in Bristol of Vivian Stanshall's STINKFOOT musical and later recalled for season at Bloomsbury Theatre London.


My good friends Antonio Forcione and Philip Gibbs

Consistent touring and sessions in UK and Europe with Bullitt Big Band and Overflow (drums), Eduardo & Antonio (Forcione) and 5th Column. Starts Latin American project with Los Primos ( LP Paul's Lurking Grapefruit), which wins Music section of International Entertainers Festival Covent Garden. Record with Overflow for Recommended Records Sweden.


Forms PICA PICA, latin-jazz group and tours UK; Glastonbury CND Festival, Crawley International Festival etc. Asked personally to perform on Sky TV's Blue Radio by host Boy George. Commissioned by Channel 4 for soundtrack to TV play Thirtysomehow. Tour North Wales with Will Menter's Slate Voices project, S4C TV show. YOYO release Under The Influence LP. The Andersonshelta studio set up and private music technology tuition began.


The Happy End in Canada. Phil Poppy (see YoYo.UK) in blue T-shirt (centre right)

Tour of Canada and France with The Happy End Big Band (drums). Record 7 original pieces for Big Life Music Library CD and further commissions for Western Eye TV & Chiron Productions (Virgin). Record 2nd LP for PICA PICA In Progressivo 91 1st LP for ex-5th Columnists, SKD Desert Heart 1st LP for Slate Voices Can-y-Craig. Installation at ICA London.


House writer for J Walter Thompson Advertising Co. (Kelloggs etc) Producer for Taplow Court Cultural Festival: Tribute to Miles Davis & John Coltrane. Performs on Keyboards with own band, the Little Big Band featuring Richard Edwards and Dai Pritchard (ex-Loose Tubes). Sessions for UK Bhangra superstars Premi and Alaap.


Returns to Bristol. Sessions for local bands and forms SGI-UK Big Band a 32-piece jazz rock ensemble to play at Taplow Cultural Festival in a tribute to Duke Ellington. Writes original pieces and arranges 14 of Duke's tunes for the Big Band.

Mark Anderson (right) conducts the Ellington Tribute Big Band at Taplow Court Jazz festival.
Henry Lowther (trpt) extreme left, Dai Pritchard (saxes) centre left.


Sessions with Cold Sweat, Sourmash, Armed for Love. Producer for Taplow Court's Jazz Festival - A.C.Jobim Tribute.

Studio assistant for Richard Grassby-Lewis on recording sessions for his ground breaking music score for David Attenborough's Private Life of Plants BBC TV series.


YOYO release Human Revelations LP. Co-wrote CD with Charlie Lineham (Ugy Plastic Poncho Band) for Castle Communications entitled Amazonia. Contibutor for Big Life Music Library, Jingles Vol 2 and Folk & Roots (35 tracks) CDs. Studio work writing album for Mirrormen with ex-Pop Group and Glaxo babies member, Dan Katsis.


Commissioned by Fabulous Fruits Production company to co-compose with Richard Grassby-Lewis music for 6 part drama series Bombay Blue for Channel 4 TV.

Collaborated with Indian singer Najma Akthar on material for her third LP The Princess New Clothes.

With her maj, Najma Akthar.


Guest guitarist on Albaphonics's 1st CD Rhythm of Constant Change on Second Sight Records. Session drummer for Los Yanquis, Bristol Tex Mex band. Contributes over 40 tracks to Big Life Music Library.


Finally meets the man himself, John Mclaughlin

Contributes track for John McLaughlin tribute CD Are you The One?. Pit Orchestra work for Taplow Court Festival production of The World In My Pocket based on Little Women. Session drummer for local modern classical guitarist Phil Gibb's CD Death by Trio .

Gigs for The Generators (R&R;) and The Oakeys as well as reforming YO YO briefly and numerous solo and duo gigs. Pit drummer In new play Loosing Weight Disgracefully by writer Will Grealish (Mood Indigo, Anderson/Grealish) - QEH Theatre, Bristol. Production and Mastering music with Richard GL (see above) for Zebra Films and BBC Natural History, a 3-part Series, Wild Indonesia at Massive Attack's Studio, Bristol.


Commissioned to arrange, orchestrate and conduct the music for
The People's Opera with members of the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra.

A series of concerts with Indian classical Saurangi player Surinder Sandhu and his Saurang Orchestra with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, George Brooks and Jack Perla (USA).

Commission for Astrology CD Series, and ongoing work with Richard Grassby-Lewis and Najma Akhtar on her CD VIVID

The Wild Strings Quartet begins recording their eponymously titled debut CD.

Also in the syudio with power fusion trio Present Tense and guest Paul Dunmall.


Foxy Productions finally has it's own home and Andersonshelta is rebuilt in the cellar of our house in Bristol. First client through the door is the Acushla Angel Club closely followed by YoYo.UK, Mood Indigo, Present Tense and Wild Strings Quartet overdubbing to complete their first WSQ CD.


The Saurang Orchestra follow up their critcally accliamed release with a session for Janice Long on BBC radio and gigs featuring Andy Sheppard, John Paricelli, topping the bill at the Birmingham Jazz Festival in July. Gigs also for Mood Indigo, Present Tense, Los Yanquis and This Time

Present Tense record their new album with Paul Dunmall, Infinity Calling and remixing starts on YoYo.UK's Sound Advice CD.

Continuing the educational theme, MA is resident drummer for the East Bristol Jazz Club and takes part in their King Cotton show, tracing part of Bristol's infamous history. The club also plays host to Dennis Rollins and Italian saxophonist Antonello Moni, playing drums in his quintet on a small summer tour in the UK.


This year promises to be busier than ever with tours for Saurang Orchestra, Present Tense and Paul Dunmall and a revived Bird Architects. Also scheduled are recording sessions with Surinder Sandhu, Present Tense, Paul Dunmall and John Serry (USA) pioneer fusioneer as well as a string of dates on the road with the King Cotton show (EBJC). Further releases from Present Tense, Bird Architects and YoYo.UK are also scheduled as well as work starting on the follow up to Niji Seson solo album

Look out also for the formation of riotous 70's pastiche band Purple have been warned :-)

Mark Anderson is married to Nina (Foxy herself) with a baby daughter, Ruby Tuesday and currently lives in Bristol, England. His main interests apart from Music, Drumming, AndersonShelta Digital Studios and Foxy Productions Record Label are Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, which he has practised for some 14 years, food, cycling, Sci-Fi fiction and film and the pursuit of excellence in all walks of life. His Influences are John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis. He plays Drum Kit, Guitars, keyboards, Percussion and ocassionally sings.

Contact :

Tel: +44 117 983 2523

MA Jan 2004

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