Mark Haanstra (1974) 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 in all genres.
He won several prices, including the ‘Dutch Jazz Competition’ with the ‘Nemesis Quartet’ (1994), ‘Geel’ (1998) and ‘Agog’ (2002).
He is a regular member of Yuri Honing Wired Paradise and together with drum legend John Engels and saxophonist Miguel Martinez he co-leads the highly successful Barnicle Bill Trio.
Together with the Amsterdam Percussion Group he toured extensively with world famous drummer Terry Bozzio in 2006 and 2007. In 2010 They played all over the Netherlands with Toto drummer Simon Phillips.
The last years he has toured in the USA, South America, Dutch Antilles, The Baltics, North Africa, Asia and all over Europe. Since 2004 he teaches bass guitar and ensemble at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen.