has been playing music professionally since the early 1980's and has developed
a reputation as a versatile guitarist. Mark also loves to work with children,
he works teaching guitar and band classes to elementary, middle, and
high school students at Heart of Los Angeles Youth (HOLA/YOLA) in downtown
LA. Mark has also taught guitar and song writing at Day Jams Rock n'
Roll Summer Camp in LA, a nationwide program run by the National
Guitar Workshop and for the Harmony Project.
to play all kinds of music, he currently plays guitar and bass in many
Los Angeles based groups and can be heard on 35 records/CD's with over 20 different
artists. Styles ranging from Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern, Latin,
Jazz, Blues, Hip-Hop/Funk, and Rock n' Roll. A recent review for one of
these CD's "Merry Peasant" by reggae legend Ras Michael describes
Mark's guitar playing as:
guitarist Mark Tyson shifts effortlessly from sharp riffing to searing
leads, from flourishes to flashes of genius..." - ArtistDirect.com
released 3 CD's with his own band the BNX (Blue Nile X-Press) on 3 Worlds
Music, a label he runs with his brother Nyofu. The first "Freedom
Cry" then "the Blue Nile X-Press" and his latest "Universal
Citizen". Each one received excellent reviews, including a feature
article in Billboard magazine.