The Watching Bird, by Mark Springer


Mark Springer is a pianist and composer who has been playing professionally and performing since his teens when he formed the groundbreaking Rip Rig + Panic, a band that included former members of The Pop Group and lead singer Neneh Cherry. When they split after three years together The Times commented that “their too-brief career will not have been in vain if it has served at least to launch the pianist Mark Springer.”

Releasing several solo albums for Virgin prior to setting up the Exit label as a vehicle for his releases, Mark has spent his career developing a distinctive sound world combining his skill and virtuosity at the piano with an impetus for creating a painterly sound/landscape. His own paintings adorn the majority of Exit releases.

"The Watching Bird" is a 2xCD set comprising a piano/strings quintet, a piece for five pianos and three string quartets. It is released simultaneously with another new CD entitled ‘The Rip Rig + Panic Piano Solos’ on the Exit label.

 Disc 1:

  • 1-4 THE POTENTINO PIANO QUINTET – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th movements
  • 5-11 MUSIC FOR FIVE PIANOS – From a concert at St George’s church in Bristol

 Disc 2

  • 1-3 1st QUARTET / Camargue
  • 4-7 2nd QUARTET / The Moon Is Fading
  • 8-12 3rd QUARTET / The Watching Bird

Recent Reviews for Watching Bird

“Substantial works. One thinks of the flowing lyricism of Nyman’s work in this field or Gorecki’s seesawing lines”
THE WIRE (Watching Bird)

“Complex and assured works that manage to fit strident Cecil Taylor-esque pianism into lyrically delineated structures"
JAZZWISE (Watching Bird)

“Characterised by tonal moods whose warm, measured qualities evoke the trills of Bax or Ravel. Bristling with momentum, it’s exhilarating and adventurous”
PROG (Watching Bird)

“Eerily elusive chamber music scored with a Bernard Herrmann-esque precison”

“This is Steve Reich territory, only here with more dynamic tension and often romantic intent. Utterly beguiling ****”
JAZZ JOURNAL (Watching Bird)

“New classical pieces that lean on his love of jazz. Fascinating listening that will expand the horizons of his post-punk following”
CLASSIC POP (Watching Bird)

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