Mike Wark, originally from Nova Scotia, moved to Toronto where he received his B.Mus. and Diploma in Jazz Studies from Humber College, and his M.Mus in Jazz Performance from University of Toronto. He has studied with Canadian and international saxophone greats like Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Don Palmer, and Mark Promane, as well as former Toronto Symphony Orchestra flautist Virginia Markson. While attending Humber College, he received the St. John's Music Award (performance), Duke Ellington Memorial Award (arranging), and Merriam School of Music Award (jazz pedagogy), and had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Randy Brecker, Hilario Duran, Steve Gadd, and Dave Liebman.
As a teacher, Mike has had over ten years of private teaching experience in woodwinds, theory, ear training, improvisation; and, in 2005 wrote an article for the Nova Scotia Music Educators Journal about the importance of providing and sustaining creative, educational, and career enhancing opportunities for young musicians.
As a versatile musician, Mike has worked with the likes of Nova Sinfonia, Nick "Brownman" Ali, Luis Mario Ochoa and Cimarron, Jane Bunnett, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, songwriter/rocker Alejandro Escovedo, NOJO, The Jazz Mechanics, musician/children's entertainer Fred Penner, and Persian/pop legend Sattar. He has performed throughout Canada, United States, and Cuba, in bars and clubs, theatres, musicals/pit orchestras, a variety of international jazz, blues, and world music festivals, and can be heard on JAZZ FM, CBC, jingles, TV, and many albums in a variety of musical styles.
For more information please visit www.mikewark.com
- B.Mus. in Jazz Studies from Humber College.
- M.Mus. in Jazz Performance from University of Toronto
- An oft-recorded musician, he can be heard on JAZZ FM, CBC, jingles, TV, and many albums in styles ranging from jazz to classics, R&B to World Music.