Are You Markivated?

Mark Banning

Creatively different, often quirky tribal guitar-driven rock, mixed with some humor.

This album is the long-awaited follow-up to "Watts Up With The Passion!?" It contains a wider degree of variation and creativity. Some songs are heavy, some are humorous. Some songs are melodic. Many of these songs use out-of-the-ordinary scales to get new melodic ideas and chord structures. All of the songs feature Mark's uniquely gifted and spirited guitar playing.

You will find many influences, such as: Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, and McCoy Tyner.

Also included are the infamous new & improved remakes of 5 songs from the "Watts Up" album. This gives the album playing time at 73 minutes.

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Watts Up With The Passion?!

Mark Banning

An hour of passionate guitar-driven hard rock & funk in a melodically original style, written with thought and humor that will capture your heart.

Recording artist Mark Banning is a nationally known singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso, performing to audiences as a solo artist, as well as sharing major venues with artists including The Scorpions, Deep Purple, Dio, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Heart, The Beach Boys, INXS, Foreigner, George Thorogood, and Weird Al Yankovic.

Mark Banning, with numerous bands, has been heard both on radio, on tour, and across the internet. Audiences and industry alike are amazed by Mark's abilities with his guitar, pulling tones ranging from the heaviest and most lamenting, straight away to the sweetest and most emotionally evoking sounds any guitar is capable of making. This multi-instrumentalist is always a crowd favorite for his visually exciting stage show and inventive performances.

It?s certainly not surprising that Mark recorded his first single in Hollywood at age 13, his second a year later at RCA. A gifted songwriter from the beginning, Mark was performing to audiences before he hit his teenage years, and fronted several of his own bands, displaying incredible innovation as a singer and guitar player.

Throughout his career, Mark has lent his talent and musical charisma to many artists, inside the studio and on the stage. Mark has worked with Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio, Captain Beefhart, The Ink Spots, Bumps Blackwell, Dolly Rappaport, Johnny Horton Jr., C.C. DeVille, and countless others.

Mark is currently working a number of studio projects, touring with his own live stage show band, and is available for producing and recording gigs, if you can find him.

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Create Your Perfect Scene

Mark Banning

Dreamy, ethereal, calming, euphoric music made from electronically enhanced guitar, zither, piano, bass, synthesizer & occasional wordless vocals.

This music was designed to promote a peaceful, dreamy, ethereal instrumental backdrop for quiet activities, such as reading, relaxing, personal meditation, unwinding after a stressful day, or just putting on headphones and traveling far away. The mood is light, warm and colorful. There is no rhythm involved here...the music will just float you to your happy place.

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Laid Back Instrumentals

Mark Banning

Improvised and structured instrumental songs for electric guitars, bass & drums with roots in Blues/Rock & New Age/Ambient music.

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Journey To The Light

Mark Banning

Relaxing ambient music using processed electric guitar, zither (table harp) and ocean recordings.

This album was originally released in 1985 on the now defunct Creative Sound label. It recieved national airplay on the Hearts Of Space radio program.

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