Mark Cain is a West Australian saxophonist, instrument maker and composer. He is a musical non-conformist whose career spans cross-cultural and experimental music, dance and theatre.
Mark’s trademark is his use of simple, commonly available materials to create imaginative and often whimsical instruments whose surprising sounds confound their origins.
He has worked in school students and indigenous and regional communities building instruments from ‘found’ or recycled materials and collaboratively devising performances that explore local themes.
For decades Cain has worked as a catalyst bringing together musicians from different parts of the world including a 30-year involvement with Kulcha in Fremantle and the Ethnic Music Centre, North Perth. In recent years he has collaborated with Persian Music Perth to promote an outstanding younger generation of migrant Iranian musicians to a broader Australian audience. He is currently a member of Eastwinds and the Praashekh Quartet.
Mark has recently worked with schools developing sound gardens in the school grounds.
Mark Cain’s World of PVC Music celebrates the “joie de vivre” of musical discovery. Materials
such as the humble plumber’s drain pipe and other recyclable plastics are used to create a
wondrous orchestra of outrageous and innovative wind and percussion instruments.
With its emphasis on hands-on participation, experimentation and listening, this entertaining
presentation also offers students the opportunity to:
• Gain an insight into how instruments are made and played.
• Learn some of the science of instrument making and sound production.
• Participate in playing instruments from Mark’s Plastic Fantastic Orchestra.
“Students were enthusiastic, coorperative, respectful, inquiring, amazed, “in rapture!!” The presentation was absolutely “out of this world” – the teachers’ notes made this so relevant and integrative across the curriculum. Mark’s wonderful personality and rapport combined with his passion was sensational!”
Helen Collis, Margaret River PS, WA