A professional musician since the age of twelve, Mark is a visionary artist with a background in nonlinear mathematics, sacred systems, and cosmology. As a classically trained bassist and sitar player, he gained extensive experience in orchestral and world music ensembles, jazz combos, and solo sitar performance. While studying North Indian classical music with the legendary sitar and surbahar master Ustad Imrat Khan (younger brother of Ustad Vilayat Khan), Mark began delving deeper into the universal fundamentals of music and its underlying frequency structures. This in turn led him to his quest to develop an instrument that could reproduce his findings. This work culminated in 1999 with Mark being awarded a US patent for his groundbreaking new instrument: Bazantar – a six-string acoustic bass fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. The result is a remarkable instrument that weaves a mesmerizing soundscape of resonance and evokes all the power of Western classical music with the depth and nuance of Eastern traditions.
“What Mark has done really expands the horizon of the bass. The sound created on the Bazantar is like nothing ever heard before..” – Eric Harris, Principal Bassist, St. Louis Symphony.
“…a visceral reaction akin to my stunned and delighted response to first hearing a symphony orchestra…” – David Walter, Instructor at Julliard, Principal Bassist New York Philharmonic.
“Mark’s sonic explorations invoke the ancient tradition of trance-ritual and embody a sacred musicality rarely heard in Western cultures.” – Bill Laswell, Producer, Audio Alchemist and Bassist.
“Mark Deutsch has created explorations into the depths of sound where the roots of tonality beneath Eastern and Western systems are one. This historic tone poem bridges the dark opulence of tone to the high visionary sounds of the spirit. A must for all sonic adventurers.”– Don Campbell, Author of “The Mozart Effect”.
“What has Mark Deutsch done? In the simplest terms, he’s spent decades building a new acoustic instrument, the Bazantar, in which more harmonics can interact with each other with clarity than in any other instrument, and then created music with a higher order of resonance than previous music. Listen and know you’re one of the early ones, one of the few. You are listening to the future.” – Jaron Lanier, “Founding Father” in virtual reality, Futurist, Computer Scientist, Composer and Author of “You Are Not a Gadget” and “Who Owns the Future?”