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MARK SNYDER

Home base Boston, MA

Occupation Bassist, composer, part-time teacher

Gigs The Mark Snyder Quartet, the Adam Douglass Trio, the Steven Sussman Trio, Safam, lots of hired-gun work

Basses 1984 Pedulla Buzz fretless, self-built 6-string (pictured), Shen upright with Fishman Full Circle pickup and Fishman Platinum preamp

Rig Eden WT-800 head, 1980 Walter Woods MI-100 head, Eden D210XLT cabinet, Ampeg 4x10 cabinet, Ampeg Portabass 1x12 cabinet

Effects 1980 ADA Digital Delay (used for chorus)

Strings Fretless, GHS Boomers; fretted, Ernie Ball Super Slinky; upright, Thomastik-Infeld Spirocore

Heroes & Inspiration Jaco Pastorius, Dave Holland, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Gary Peacock, James Jamerson, Stanley Clarke, Eberhard Weber, J.S. Bach, Frederick Chopin, Samuel Barber, Igor Stravinsky

How did you come to play bass? I started playing piano as a young child, and trombone in elementary school. A friend in high school played guitar and owned a bass, so we put together a garage band. Later on, with a bunch of solid gigging experience under my belt, I decided to move to Boston and attend Berklee, where I received my bachelor’s in Composition, and studied bass with William Curtis and John Neves.

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? Ninety percent of life is just showing up. Don’t sweat the petty stuff, and don’t pet the sweaty stuff.

What are your musical goals? To practice more, record more, and write more.

Contactmarksnydermusic@gmail.com, marksnydermusic.com