2014 Remote Residency

The Artist

Western Australian, Mark Cain, is one of this country’s most experienced musicians performing and conducting workshops in schools and communities both in Australia and oversees. As a multi-instrumentalist and innovative instrument maker, he has performed in the national Musica Viva schools programme for more than twenty years (Nova Ensemble and Ozmosis) and over a similar period has worked as solo performer with Nexus Arts, Victoria, playing instruments of his own invention.

Mark is renowned for the instruments he has created from plumbing pipe and other recyclable materials. His modus operandi is to use common and simple materials to create imaginative, whimsical instruments whose remarkable and often beautiful sounds confound their origins. He has worked extensively in communities among musicians and non-musicians building instruments from donated, “found” and recycled materials, whilst collectively devising performances that explore local themes.

Mark plays a cornucopia of wind and percussion instruments, including saxophones, bass clarinet, flute and a variety of self made and ethnic reed instruments