|Mark Tokar, photo by Nikita|
Mark Tokar graduated from Lviv Polytechnic University. Upon graduation he attended classical guitar classes at S.Lyudkevych Music College. At the same time he starts to play double bass. During 2002-2004 he repeatedly participated in Krakow jazz workshops, directed by M. Parkinson ( USA ). In 2006 by “Gaude Polonia” scholarship program Mark studied at K. Szymanowski Jazz Academy under direction of Professor Jacek Niedzela. The program was granted by the Minister of Culture in Poland. Starting 2006 he periodically gives lessons in jazz schools. During 2005-2006 Mark Tokar works as an art director of Ukrainian-Polish Jazz Bez festival. He organizes series of Metro Jazz philharmonic musical performances in Lviv. As a musician, plays with different bands at numerous festivals in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Austria, France, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Hungary, Luxembourg, Czech Republic. Mark participates in international Ken Vandermark project “Resonance”, as well as Undivided, Five Spot, Four, Varpaj, Yatoku. Along with that he is a leader of international projects Leo'm'art, Mark Tokar's Quintet and Avtokar. Mark Tokar has been performing with Ken Vandermark, Bobby Few, Perry Robinson, Steve Swell, Michael Zerang, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Roberta Piket, Fred Frith (USA), Klaus Kugel, Arkadij Shylkloper (Germany), Petras Vishniauskas (Lithuania), Mirchea Tiberian (Romania), Mazzol, Mikolaj Trzaska, Waclaw Zimpel (Poland), Jurij Jaremczuk (Ukraine), Magnus Broo, Per-Ake Holmlander (Sweden), Mark Sanders (England).