Portland, Oregon based drummer/composer Mark Burdon’s melodic, textural style is a blend of diverse influences including over a decade of work as part of the jazz scene on the East Coast and extensive studies of African and Brazilian styles of music.
Mark’s formal education includes a degree from Berklee College of Music, private lessons with respected teachers Bob Gullotti of the Fringe and the legendary jazz drummer Alan Dawson, as well as studies with West African drummers Abu Bakari and Godwin Agbeli. Mark who’s mother was Brazilian has also spent extensive time traveling in Brazil studying and performing both modern and traditional styles of music.
Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of musicians including improvising saxophonists Ken Vandermark, Rich Halley, Jack Wright, Assif Tsahar, trumpeter Rob Blakeslee, violinist Mat Maneri, traditional Ghanaian drummers Godwin Agbeli and Abu Bakari, guitarist Doug Theriault, microtonal guitarist Jon Catler, the Zimbabwe style marimba band Boka Marimba, the Brazilian jazz group Gandaya, Three Leg Torso, Brothers of the Baladi and many others. He has also accompanied the Beth Soll Dance Company and composed and performed music for two works by actor Christine Calfas.
Currently, Mark is leading his own group 2HDHB with trombonist Greg Scholl and is a member of Njuzu Mbira, a tradition Zimbabwean mbira group; Bahttsi, an Americana string band; and jazz funk group The Rhythm Dogs.
In addition to performing, Mark is a marimba builder, furniture maker, and avid table tennis player.