Passages Through & Beyond
Mark Sarno, multi-talented keyboardist, drummer, percussionist, and composer has been a musician since age five. In the early years of his career, he played in jazz, fusion, rock, new wave, and progressive rock bands. By the early 90's, Sarno founded SessionArtists studios and the subsidiary record label. The goal: to produce a unique blend of Electronic and Progressive Rock music that reflects the myths, truths, and mysteries of the human journey. The first CD produced, Sarno's 'Throw off the Mask', was released in 1995 to auspicious reviews. In 1996, Sarno crafted the SessionArtists release, 'Passages Through and Beyond'. As a long-time student of all mythologies, Sarno used the metaphor of the mythological Hero Journey to weave the story of Passages Through and Beyond. The result: a powerful release from a vital performer hailed by Wind and Wire's Bill Binkelman as '...the new Jan Hammer'. Three years in the making, Sarno's 1999 release, 'Dark Matter', marks a coming of age. In high-energy electronica and progressive rock, the relationship of cosmology to psychology is explored, consumed, and released in a musical composition sure to change the face of progressive instrumental music.