Mark Wingfield

Mark Wingfield is a guitarist and composer based in the UK. Most of his output is rooted in jazz, but he is also active in contemporary classical music. Mark has a parallel career as a mixing and mastering engineer.

Bio

Mark cites jazz, rock, Indian, Japanese, African, and classical music as influences and has written over 100 compositions.  Recording mainly on the NYC label MoonJune Records and the Boston Based Greydisc, Mark has released 18 albums as bandleader to date.  As a mixing and mastering engineer Mark works primarily at his own Heron Island Studio in the countryside an hour north of London.

Musician's on albums he has mixed or mastered include:  Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Chad Wackerman, Gary Husband, Nguyen Lee, Iain Ballamy, Gilad Atzmon,  Asaf Sirkis, John Marshall, Jimmy Haslip, Carles Benavent, Bob Mintzer, Theo Travis and many more.

“Mark Wingfield is undoubtedly one of the greatest guitarists of recent years worldwide…. His languid, plaintive, spiritual sound, ambient and personal.” TOMAJAZZ

These words are confirmed by the multiple awards he has received as a musician and an engineer:

As well as composing music for his own albums, Mark also composes music for classical musicians.  Mark recently composed a solo piano piece for pianist Kathryn Stott, known for her many collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma but also as a premier concert pianist with orchestras around the world. Mark has also composed a number of solo pieces for renowned harpsichordist Jane Chapman, as well as works for Pianist Kate Ryder, Mc Fall’s Chamber, Elaine Funaro, Geoffry Burgess, string quartets and other ensembles.

As guitarist:

All About Jazz Best Albums of the Year

Downbeat Magazine's Masterpiece Album of the Year

As engineer:

Three Downbeat Masterpiece Albums of the Year

Two All About Jazz Best Albums of the Year

JazzWise Best Release of the Year

Hi-Res Edition Favourite Release of the Year

As well as composing music for his own albums, Mark also composes music for classical musicians.  Mark recently composed a solo piano piece for pianist Kathryn Stott, known for her many collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma but also as a premier concert pianist with orchestras around the world. Mark has also composed a number of solo pieces for renowned harpsichordist Jane Chapman, as well as works for Pianist Kate Ryder, Mc Fall’s Chamber, Elaine Funaro, Geoffry Burgess, string quartets and other ensembles.

Quotes


Hyperspace

JMG Hyperspace is one of the best reverbs out there in either software or hardware form. To my ears, there is only a handful of reverbs in existence that can really produce a realistic sense of 3D space and Hyperspace is one of them. But it also excels at sound design and is capable of creating otherworldly and wild soundscapes I've never heard from any other reverb as well as beautifully pitch sustained ethereal pads. It has the deepest control of the reverb algorithms and other parameters I have ever seen, yet despite this is one of the easiest and most intuitive reverbs to program. It has become one of my go to reverbs."

FireCobra

I was working on a mix which had many layers of acoustic guitars. We needed one particular guitar track to stand out, but making it louder got in the way of the vocal. Using FireCobra on this guitar track I was easily able to bring it out from the other layers and make it easier to hear without actually raising the level of the track. The result was very pleasing sonically. The various controls give you a range of flavours for doing this sort of work without things sounding distorted or muddy, which is often a problem with other saturators. I can see I'll be using FireCobra a lot to help separate elements of a mix.