Mark O’Leary, Jeff Gauthier, Alex Cline – Waves III

Genre: Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock

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Waves III is the third installment of a trilogy recorded in California by Mark O’Leary with various luminaries within the LA music scene.

Two other releases, Signs (Fmr records) and On the Shore (Cleanfeed) have all received various modicums of praise.

The trilogy which has Alex Cline and Mark O’Leary as the common denominators, stretches into a proliferation of areas within the great body of contemporary improvised music.

Waves III essentially encompasses a more ambient dimension with laptop generated soundscapes, seascapes and processing, juxtaposed with varying degrees of Eastern music, Japanese music, post ecm, contemporary classical and even elements of some contemporary Americana.

People, Gardens, Seas, Ceremonies and Mountainscapes are the muses.

Ulrich Zwingli, the Religious figure and founder of Zurich, Hindu Kush, Sea, Japanese gardens, in essence disparate, but connected here within the subtle textural fabric of the musical conception proffered.

The praxis, combined with various concepts is the impetus to cultivating the fertile musical terrains, thus a continuation of a sonic/visual/conceptual aesthetic that O’Leary is wishing to portray within an Ambient contextual background.

Oblique themes that unfold into delicate ambient interplays where Alex’s symphonic simpatico percussion, Jeff’s sensitive violin and the ambient infused guitar intertwined with the various soundscapes structures all coalescing into a kaleidoscope of contemporary narratives, it evolves as ambient washes of sonic waves that ebb and flow on a seascape under an azure sky, Waves is an apt description of the project.

The title Waves III was chosen to differentiate the album from the 1977 Jazz Rock release by Terje Rypdal and Waves II, the 2003 compilation featuring Guy-Man from Daft-Punk.


released November 28, 2011

Mark O’Leary: Guitar, Laptop, environmental recording, processing
Jeff Gauthier: Electric Violin
Alex Cline: Drums/Percussion

Mark O’Leary, Jeff Herr & Søren Kjaergaard – Project Apollo

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Genre: Ambient Music, Post Rock

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Project Apollo is a tribute to the ingenuity of mankind, the networking of many incredibly intelligent and diligent human beings all over the USA to send 12 brave Astronauts to the moon and back.

It took a year of research into the historical chronology of Apollo, developing technical facility, sourcing musicians and developing an atmospheric ambient aesthetic that was apt for the concept.

The initial tracks were recorded with Søren Kjærgaard (DK) on Synths and Jeff Herr (Lux) on drums/percussion in Finbarr Corcorans studio Cork and put together in Hub studio by Mark O’Leary and Donncha Moynihan.

The Ambient Synth textures, original voice narratives, processed guitar and sensitive rhythmic pulsations intertwine and crystallize to create a symphonic image heralding Apollo.

Mark O’Leary: Guitar, Processing, Laptop, Synth, Bowed guitar.

Jeff Herr: Drums, Percussion

Søren Kjærgaard: Synth, Keys


Track List:

  1. Darkside/Genesis
  2. Voyage
  3. Landing
  4. Expedition
  5. Legacy


All compositions O’Leary, Herr, Kjærgaard

Music Directed by Mark O’Leary

Recorded BPM Studios Cork, October 2008

Recording Engineer Finbarr Corcoran

Mixing and Post Production Donncha Moynihan at The Hub Studio Cork.

Mark O’Leary, Olavi Louhivuori, Teppa Hauta-aho – Astral Fishing

Genre: Ambient Music

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Mark O’Leary: Guitar/Laptop/Processing/Bowed Guitar

Olavi Louhivuori: Drums/Processed Drums

Teppa Hauta-aho: Double Bass

All music composed by O’Leary, Hauta-aho, Louhivuori

Recorded: Malmitalo – Helsinki, November 2008

Post Production/Mixing: Donncha Moynihan – Hub Studio, Cork.

Astral Fishing

Astral Fishing was conceived during a very short trip Mark O’Leary made to Helsinki in November 2008 to collaborate with Olavi Louhivuori and Teppa Hauta-aho.

The prominent three Blacksmiths sculpture in central Helsinki on a snowy night from a distance could be perceived as being three fishermen casting their rods into the solar expanse, analogous in some respects to the musical direction of the endeavour.

The themes pay homage to Architect Alvar Aalto, Stockmanns landmark, as does the cover collages which expands on this conception, visually and historically.

The music is architectural atmospheric ambience which infuses subtle, textural, collective interplay to create a magnum opus which is evocative of Finlandia and its rich modern historical tapestry.

Mark O’Leary


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.

Various Artists – TIBProd. Italy: The Catalogue, Vol. 2

Genre: Ambient, Drone, Experimental Electronic

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Track List

Volume 1

  1. Lintujen kokous – Mark O’Leary, Olavi Louhivuori, Teppa Hauta-aho
  2. Mannerheim – Mark O’Leary, Olavi Louhivuori, Teppa Hauta-aho
  3. Colorado Springs – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini
  4. ELF – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini
  5. The Wardenclyffe Tower – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini
  6. Free Energy – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini
  7. MK Ultra – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini

Volume 2

  1. Cadmium Dunkel Remixed Again (Adults With Chicks Remix) – Cadmium Dunkel, Adults With Chicks
  2. Cadmium Dunkel Remixed Again (Christian Di Vito Remix) – Cadmium Dunkel, Christian Di Vito
  3. Cadmium Dunkel Remixed Again (Jan-M. Iversen Remix) – Cadmium Dunkel, Jan-M. Iversen
  4. Looking for the Light (Daniele Santini Remix) – Cadmium Dunkel, Daniele Santini
  5. At the Foot of the Hindu Kush – Mark O’Leary, Jeff Gauthier, Alex Cline
  6. Zwingli – Mark O’Leary, Jeff Gauthier, Alex Cline

Mark O’Leary- Şenol Küçükyildirim – Murat Çopur – Can Ömer Uygan / Snow

Genre: Free Jazz, Jazz Rock

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Mark O’Leary is probably Ireland’s best known modern jazz/experimental guitarist, travelling around the globe and playing with local musicians. His music covers wide areas such as jazz fusion, experimental improvisational music and Nordic folk songs.

From “Snow” titled album with blue mountain, covered by snow on the cover one can expect Nordic airy jazz with folksy tunes, but that would be a mistake. O’Leary’s “Snow” is based on Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk’s novel “Snow”, a story about a journalist marooned in a small mountain area town, covered by snow. A story about personal freedom and herd brutality rules, so there is a lot of tension and drama in this album’s music.

Recorded during the same Turkish sessions with local jazz trio as O’Leary’s previous album, “Live In Istanbul”, “Snow” sounds close to its predecessor. Terje Rypdal influenced slow, even lazy processed guitar sounds build ambient soundscapes, filled with ascetic percussion, bass and impressionistic touches of trumpet, scented by minimalist electronic effects. All six compositions sound more like one long soundtrack, full of silent sadness and tension.

Using the same dynamic structure formula as on the previous album – starting from a very laid back music and then increasing tension, sound and drama step by step, “Snow” demonstrates faster changes that makes it more alive and attractive. In combination with the nervous dark atmosphere this music is hardly a nice ambient-related lounge sound, more like the excellent soundtrack to a documentary from this tragedy’s place.
Review by Snobb

Released January 6, 2011

Bass, Electronics – Murat Çopur
Drums – Şenol Küçükyıldırım
Guitar – Mark O’Leary*
Trumpet, Electronics – Can Ömer Uygan

Recorded Peyote, Istanbul Oct 2008
Mixing and Post Production Donncha Moynihan at The Hub Studio Cork.
All compositions O’Leary (IMRO), Küçükyıldırım, Çopur, Uygan

Various Artists – Tibprod. Italy: The Catalogue, Vol. 1

Genre: Ambient, Drone, Electronic

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Track List

Volume 1

  1. Stockan kello – Mark O’Leary, Olavi Louhivuori, Teppa Hauta-aho
  2. Hevosenkengittäjä – Mark O’Leary, Olavi Louhivuori, Teppa Hauta-aho
  3. Let the Display Stabilize – Monday the Twentyfirsts

Volume 2

  1. Landing – Mark O’Leary, Jeff Herr, Søren Kjærgaard
  2. Expedition – Mark O’Leary, Jeff Herr, Søren Kjærgaard
  3. Alp2Cap – [p]v
  4. Iot Uma – [p]v
  5. Gam Uma – [p]v

Mark O’Leary – Live in Istanbul

Genre: Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock

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Mark O’Leary: Guitar
Şenol Küçükyildirim: Drums/Percussion
Murat Çopur: Bass/Electronics
Can Ömer Uygan: Trumpet/Electronics

1. Istanbul
2. The Black Sea pt I
3. Theme from Waiting
4. The Black Sea pt II

Recorded Peyote, Istanbul Nov 2008.
Mixing and Post Production Donncha Moynihan at The Hub Studio Cork.
All compositions O’Leary (IMRO), Küçükyildirim, Çopur, Uygan.

Mark O’Leary – Driving in Iceland

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Genre: Electronica, Experimental Electronic.

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There is a distant air of autopoiesis residual with the internal dynamic of Iceland.

The disparate elements of tundra and the sinuous of volcanic terrain endemic of this halcyon land.

Traversing the refulgent ring road or the enigmatic congenial stasis of downtown Reykjavik, to the equestrian predilection of the inhabitants of Skagafjordur.

There is a stoicism, effable to Duglegur, just do it and they do, the Icelandic soccer team is world renowned, as well as Bjork, art, literature and a nascent burgeoning inchoate international TV production industry.

The people can transmogrify occupation, utilizing alluvium to aluminum.

A penchant for ruminating in cafes, albeit with decorum to the background panorama of iridescent northern lights.

The essence of Driving in Iceland is an osmosis of the aforementioned, a melange of diverging sang froid concepts lurking within the interstices and thus proscenium of this recording.

Punctilious and effusive.

Mark O’Leary – Allegory of the Three Suns

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Genre: New Age, Avantgarde

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Allegory of the Three Suns

The Allegory of the Three Suns is inspired by the natural phenomenon of the refulgent verisimilitude of the optical illusion of three suns over the skies of Chelyabinsk near the Urals, the temperature was -23 to -25, the winter sunlight refracts through tiny hexagonal crystals which are invisible, thus creating the appearance of three suns.

The pastoral elegance and eloquence of the music reciprocates the above anomaly, albeit with a peripatetic disposition in the form of ambient soundart using narratives from the Changpa: a semi nomadic Tibetan tribe found mainly in Jammu and Kashmir and Changtang in Ladakh.

Metastasizing into an expansive veritable atheneum of ambient sanguine dialectics; music for the fjords in solstice, detritus of rhodes harmonies in juxtaposition with coruscating strings, trumpet playing the Himalayas, decorous yet delphic ruminations, a stirring porphyry of impressionistic post second Viennese school piano interjections and string sonatas, an eclectic smorgasbord of atmospheric discourse that soothe a pensive penchant.

Ascending the pergola to a pagoda, we thus enter the vestibule to a star chamber of contemplative enlightenment, chaste nymph, lion and the unicorn, we venerate in homage at the obelisk talisman to the last sentinel.

The Best of Contemporary Electronic Music


Genre: Experimental Electronic, Electronica, Ambient, Avantgarde

Featuring: Mark O’Leary, Christian Di Vito, Daniele Santini, Brekekekexkoaxkoax, Model Russell, [p]v.

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