“Spike Mason is an improvising musicianer and composer who is dedicated to developing the facility that enables him to play the music he hears in his head on the instrument he holds in his hands.”
The sentence above describes who I am – and who I strive to be as a musician. I’ve been playing music all my life, and I love it because it makes me feel alive. I compose and play music every day, and realise it’s what I'll do for the rest of my life.
I’ve played music with many musicians over the past 30 years, in Australia, the USA, the UK, Canada, Ireland, Greece, Singapore, Italy, The Czech Republic, Holland, Turkey, and New Zealand.
I've performed at countless festivals and clubs, from stadium stages to people's kitchens, with both famous and unknown musicians, in front of very large and very small crowds.
I’ve also been a session musician for many diverse artists, helping them make their music a reality, by recording, composing, arranging, and producing on over 150 albums, including soundtracks for film and television.
I’ve spent many years studying too and have been awarded a Masters of Music In Jazz Performance, a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Education, and an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies.
I also enjoy teaching. I love encouraging and equipping students to become confident and capable musicians. I also love giving them the information they are searching for, and helping them to turn their musical dreams into realities. I work alongside any instrumentalist or vocalist and teach improvisation, composition, harmony, arranging, and small and large ensemble playing. I work as the Head of Jazz at a college in Sydney, and also teach privately and at master-classes.
Also, my wife and best friend Lea is a musician - an amazingly intuitive and fearless singer. Her songs are simply gorgeous, and her improvisations are always melodic and free. She has also played music all her life. We perform at gigs together all the time. We also play music at home all the time - in a room next to the kitchen which is full of instruments. We play with our daughters, and our friends, and our extended family, and people who drop in, and their kids... So there is always music in our house.
I very much like this quote by Howard Thurman...
"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
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