Mark Stanley (musician)

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Mark Stanley (born November 7, 1968) is an experimental musician based in Maryland, USA. A multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, his primary instrument is guitar, on which he touches a wide mix of styles, including jazz, psychedelia, post-punk, art rock, avant-pop, and avant progressive rock. As a visual artist he is known as Mark Mason Stanley.

Stanley has been working with members of The Muffins since his first recording, "Disconcerto" by Chainsaw Jazz (1993). He has performed live with The Muffins, 9353, Chainsaw Jazz, Clutch, Kristeen Young, Spookey Ruben, and Troy Van Leeuwen. Stanley was a founding member of the band Handsome (band) with Peter Mengede. He is the bandleader of Brainsong and co-fronts the band Farquhar with Mark Smoot. He has recorded under the pseudonyms Pig Manikin and Levitating Pam.


Stanley studied at Berklee College of Music before graduating from NYU with a degree in Jazz Studies. His private teachers include Wayne Krantz, Hal Galper, Bruce Arnold, Charlie Banacos and Paul Bollenback.


Mark Stanley is the 2nd cousin of Owsley Stanley, the great grandson of Augustus Owsley Stanley, Pierce Crosby, and Otto Hilgard Tittmann and is the great great-grandnephew of William Owsley.


Stanley has released ten recordings as a bandleader:

  • "Living Machine" (2000)
  • "Insect Warriors" (2002) featuring Dennis Chambers, Mark Egan and Sean Rickman[1][2]
  • "Blueberry Submarines" (2002)
  • "Humans" (2004)[3][4]
  • "9 Volt" (2004)
  • "Gift Ideas For The Universe" (2005)
  • "Taste The Magic" (2006)
  • "Oceanic Fields" (2013)
  • "Dark Brain" (2014) featuring Oz Noy, Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch), Peter Fraize and Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra),
  • "NYANDERTHAL" (2016)
  • "Double Dreaming" (2018) Mark Stanley with Carla Diratz


His band Farquhar has made three records distributed on Cuneiform Records

  • "Farquhar" (1999)
  • "Meadow Full Of Serpents" (2005)[5]
  • "Dreamshit" (2012)

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  1. ^ Todd S. Jenkins (August 20, 2002). "Mark Stanley: Insect Warriors". All About Jazz. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Tony Green (2002). "Mark Stanley: Insect Warriors - JazzTimes". JazzTimes. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Franz A. Matzner (April 2, 2004). "Mark Stanley Quartet: Humans". All About Jazz. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Gallo, Mark E. "Humans by Mark Stanley Quartet". Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Farquhar: Meadow Full of Serpents (Extremely Limited Quantities!)". Abstract Logix. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 

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