It could be the surprise hit of your concert season when Mark Shelton rolls his "Music From My Galaxy" show onto your stage. Audiences will enjoy the sounds of over a dozen instruments in a performance that blends influences from classical, jazz, folk, and pop. Mark connects with the audience with stories and jokes that pepper the evening as he moves from four mallets to two drumsticks to bare hands.
Check out over 75 videos on Mark's You Tube channel:
A marimba soloist since the early 80’s, Mark performed works from the standard literature, but as his career progressed, he began to seek a more personal repertoire. Original compositions and improvisations (including his published marimba solo, “Atrium Dance”) are featured in his current list of works.
Desiring a fresh melodic voice, Mark began to play the Hang and the Halo, two versions of a recently developed instrument (the handpan) that combines steel pan sounds with hand drumming technique. Audiences are captivated by the composition, “Luminous Lagoon” as bare hands coax out the ethereal sounds of the Handpan.
The high energy / fast-paced performance style is balanced with a dose of down home anecdotes drawn from Mark’s rural west Tennessee roots and years as a sideman, bandleader, and soloist.
Bring the whole family...it’s for the drummer in all of us!