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Mark has played with many renowned musicians including Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Okkyung Lee, Barry Guy, Tim Berne, Otomo Yoshihide, Jah Wobble, Harold Budd, Sidsel Endresen , in duo and quartets with Wadada Leo Smith and trios with Charles Gayle with Sirone and William Parker.

Mark and John Edwards have a long history as a rhythm section with many groups including Evan Parker Trio, Trevor Watts Quartet, with electro acoustic composer John Wall, `Foils` with Frank Paul Schubert and Matthius Muller, Veryan Weston, John Tilbury, Agusti Fernandez and Mathew Shipp.

In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including Christian Marclay`s `Everyday` piece for film and live music includes Mark with Christian, Steve Beresford, John Butcher and Alan Tomlinson. John Butcher`s `Tarab Cuts` interacting with Arabic music based backing tracks, with both projects he has performed major festivals and Biennales throughout Europe. For artist Henrik Hakensen`s film `The End` he has performed John Coxon`s music in Glasgow and Sydney playing with the Scottish and Sydney symphony Orchestras. With New York`s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn`s `The Tempest` in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival As a member of the group `The Langston project` with Hasse Poulsen, Deborah Cameron and Luc Ex they perform pieces based on the poetry of Langston Hughes.

Mark also works in trios with Lotte Anker & Adam Pultz Melbye, Toby Delius & Olie Brice, and in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, and the ensembles of Mikolaj Trzaska, Gail Brand, Peter Jaquemyn, and Simon H Fell. He has performed in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Morrocco, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique and Turkey, playing at many major festivals including, Nickelsdorf, Ulrichsburg, Glastonbury, Womad, Vancouver, Isle of Wight, Roskilde, Berlin Jazz days, Mulhouse, Luz, Minniapolis, Banlieue Bleues, Son D`hiver and Hurta Cordel.

He has released over 120 cds


Selected reviews..

….the other special ingredient is the ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative drummer Mark Sanders, who always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo.
Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY

…Mark is just incredible and immensely diverse, he is at the center of "Kwingyaw" and it is difficult to tell what he is doing to get some of these sounds.
Bruce L Gallenter Downtown Music Gallery. NY

Ambient-pop chord patterns built to a huge, clamorous anthem, driven by a towering performance from drummer Sanders.
John Fordham. The Guardian

…in a set of explorations with drummer Mark Sanders, a gifted player capable of seamless movement between free-rhythms and propulsive swing
John Fordham. The Guardian


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