Composer-in-Residence at Mountain View Cemetery and Managing Artistic Director of The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Mark Haney is deeply motivated by issues of Canadian identity, culture, and community. Mark is best known for “Aim for the Roses” (2010); an avant-garde double bass suite that tells the true story of Canadian daredevil Ken Carter through narration, layers of double bass and a musical representation of 499 digits of pi. (“A daring aim, well jumped.”- The Globe and Mail; “Aim for the Roses is, to say the least, a singular achievement.”- The Victoria Times-Colonist). In 2016 producer/writer/director John Bolton and Opus 59 Films made a musical docudrama about Aim For The Roses and its creation, in association with Super Channel, and with project assistance from the BC Arts Council. This film opened the 2016 DOXA Film Festival in Vancouver and was the recipient of audience and critical acclaim.
Mark’s compositions have earned national attention (“11”, “Aim for the Roses”), a Jessie Richardson Award Nomination for Composition (Small Stage) and extensive local press coverage for “3339”, his retelling of the Terry Fox Story through the lens of the Hero’s Journey, and “Omnis Temporalis”, a musical reconstruction of the acclaimed cartoonist Seth’s award-winning graphic novel “George Sprott”. This project culminated in a 10 week exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery featuring a cardboard installation by Seth that held 10 free, live performances and a recording of the work playing in the space throughout the exhibition.
As a double bassist Mark has performed throughout North America in a wide variety of genres, and continues to commission and premiere new works by Canadian composers.