Mark Haanstra is one of the most in demand bass guitar players in the Netherlands. His recognizable sound, groove and flexibility make him a much sought after musician by many artists, ensembles and orchestra’s such as The Royal Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Oene van Geel, Erik Bosgraaf, Jam de la Crème and many many others.
He won several prices, including the ‘Dutch Jazz Competition’ with the ‘Nemesis Quartet’ (1994), ‘Geel’ (1998) and ‘Agog’ (2002).
Last 5 years he was mostly on the road with Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing. He leads the Barnicle Bill Trio featuring saxophonist Miguel Martinez and drum legend John Engels. He is also the bass player of the young all-star band Windkracht 7 that gained a lot of attention all over the country since their debut cd in 2014.
Together with the Amsterdam Percussion Group he toured extensively with world famous drummer Terry Bozzio in 2006 and 2007. In 2010 they toured all over the Netherlands with Toto drummer Simon Phillips.
He is a soloist in Steve Mackey’s Grammy nominated work, “Dreamhouse” which has been performed and recorded by several top orchestras including the BBC and New York Philharmonic. Mackey also asked him to be part of his New York based prog-rock band Big Farm, Their album got released in 2012 and also received a Grammy nomination.
Since 2004 he teaches at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen.