South African multi-instrumentalist, Mark Fransman has performed with Pharaoh Sanders, Finley Quay, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, René McLean, Hein van de Geyn, Zim Nqwana, Gloria Bosman, Selealo Selota, Judith Sepuma, Errol Dyers, Jimmy Dludlu and Dave Young, and has shared the stage with such jazz artists as Cedar Walton, Andrew Hill, Donald Brown, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Danilo Perez and Yusef Lateef.
As a producer, Mark has been awarded two SAMA Awards – in 2004 and 2007. Mark also has three years of musical theatre experience in the shows, Poison and Kat and the Kings (Both David Kramer/Taliep Petersen productions), and received the FNB Vita Award for most outstanding performer in musical theatre (1995/96) for the latter. He was the winner of the UCT Adcock Ingram competition of 2000 for Jazz, and in recognition of Mark’s musicianship and talent, he was awarded Johnnie Walker’s Musician of the Year in 2004, and was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz in 2008. Prior recipients of this award include the likes of Johnny Clegg and Sibongele Khumalo.
Mark’s latest productions include his own album, entitled ‘Long Time Coming’, released on his label, Tritone Music and recorded in his own studio, The PlayPen.