Mark O'Leary

 

 The Keeper Of The Northern Lights

 

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Genre: Ambient - New Age

 

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The Keeper Of The Northern Lights

 

If one reflects upon the vast expanse and enchanting beauty of the Northern Polar regions and the corpus of texts and works which have emanated from its inspiration we can be encaptivated by what Heaney terms the Idea of the North.

We envisage the early explorers fortitude in enduring new frontiers in trying conditions and terrain, innovating to adapt to survive and ultimately thrive.

These regions have attained global significance, given that they hypothetically may emerge as an energy resource hub that could very well alleviate the worlds requirement for energy needs for decades.

Indeed on Gronland we hear the Shaman conjuring to encourage bountiful hunting to the elders poignant reflection on the past.

The technological phenomena of having the capability to travel beneath the polar ice in a Submarine and to surface at the north pole or travel there on a nuclear powered Icebreaker, to the post industrial environment of Svalbard, with its incandescent habitations and Salubre mendacium. Not necessarily an insouciant life but a one with equipoise.

To the phosphorescence of Iceland's blue lagoon in Grindavik and the interiors Glaciers; the saga of Icelanders, sustenance for the soul to the simple charm of Isafjordur.

Mark O’Leary began engaging with creating soundscapes that proved to be highly evocative with the aforementioned as the subject matter.

The music is minimal: juxtaposing ambient soundscapes with voice, brass and percussion, sublime and oblique, not too strong, just subtle melodic insinuations.

Stark, evocative, emotional and stirring delivered with gravitas and elan.

The music seams a picture on tapestry of a voyage through the braids of the North and it takes you there.


An Ode to the Keeper of the Northern Lights,

a harbinger of aurora sights,

sorcerer of moon and stars,

Odin conjures runes from Mars.

 

The Keeper of the Northern Lights,

Thor strikes hammer ospreys take flights,

Icelandic sagas soothe the soul,

Svalbard station bringeth coal.

 

Keeper of the Northern Lights,

Uppsala temple chronicle of rites,

a pantheon keepeth in Valkyries reign,

across the tundra vulcan terrain.

 

Keeper of the Northern Lights,

nurturer of hyperborean nights,

solstice ritual of winter sun,

cometh iceman as we venture on.


Mark O'Leary

 

Biography

 

Mark O'Leary was born in Cork City Ireland. Being mainly auto didactic on guitar he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to study at Musicians Institute, from where he later graduated. He has presented his music in 29 countries and has played at some of the worlds top Jazz festivals and contemporary Jazz venues.

 

He has toured Europe as a member of Canadian Pianist Paul Bley's trio, he has performed in duo with Jack DeJohnette, in a jazz trio with Yes/King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford, in duo with Han Bennink, composed and performed classical music with Cikada string quartet, collaborated in an all electronics setting with Sound Artist Gunter Muller and with Jakob Riis, in a free improvisation combo with Evan Parker and Sunny Murray, performed in concerts with Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive, played Norwegian folk music with Nils Okland, Swedish folk music with Mats Eden, Jazz with Uri Caine, he has performed in seperate projects with trumpeters Tomasz Stanko, Kenny Wheeler and Cuong Vu. He has the distinction of having played in duo with Paul Bley, Bobo Stenson, Kenny Werner and Matthew Shipp. He has also worked in a trio with ex Weather Report/Jaco Pastorius Drummer Peter Erskine and Palle Danielsson.

 

He has also collaborated with the innovative percussionists z'ev, Alex Cline ,Hans Kristian Kjos Sorensen and Terje Isungset. He has also collaborated with Stale Storlokken in contemporary trio using church organ and with John Herndon of Tortoise in the Underground Jazz Trio. He has also worked in different projects with Slava Ganelin and Alexander Tarasov of the Ganelin trio fame also in a UK based group with Mark Sanders and Joe Williamson of Trapist.

 

He has toured in the exciting group Zemlya with Eyvind Kang and Dylan Van Der Schyff and also with Dylan and Wayne Horvitz. In conjunction with Alliance Francaise he performed in a trio with Henri Texier and Aldo Romano. He also played in a trio with Jon Christensen and Terje Gewelt He has played in Poland with drummer Michal Miskiewicz and Tomasz Szukalski and with the Oles brothers Bartlomiej and Marcin. He has also played with the Aka Moon rhythm section of Michel Hadzigeorgiu and Stephane Galland. He has also colloborated in trio with Stefan Pasborg and Peter Friis Nielsen as well as working with other Danes Jacob Anderskov and in duo with Kresten Osgood.

 


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