Mark Tokar

Lviv, Ukraine


Mark Tokar is an iconic figure of the Ukrainian improvisational scene. His first album Yatoku (with Yuriy Yaremchuk and Klaus Kugel) was released by Not Two lable in 2006. After that, the career of a contrabass player rocketed. Mark is a frequent guest on international projects (Ken Vandermark Resonance Project, Undivided, Five Spot, Four, Varpaj, Yatoku, 2014, Ultramarine, Collective Four) and is the leader of international ensembles of Leo’m’art, Mark Tokar Quintet and Avtokar. Co-founder and participant of numerous literary and musical projects. He has played with the following musicians: Ken Vandermark, Bobby Few, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Perry Robinson, Steve Swell, Michael Zerang, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Roberta Piket, Fred Frith, Klaus Kugel, Arkadii Shylkloper, Petras Vishniauskas, Mirchea Tiberian , Mazzol, Mikołaj Trzaska, Wacław Zimpel, Yuriy Yaremchuk, Magnus Broo, Per-Åke Holmlander, Mark Sanders, Maryana Sadovska, Uliana Horbachevska, Yulian Kytastyi. He has participated in many festivals and music projects in the United States, Europe and Asia. Gaude Polonia Fellow in 2006.


Mark Tokar – double bass

Plays in duos, trios, quartets


Mark Tokar plays double bass with concentrated absorption and utter openness to the act’s contingent events, showing an unwavering focus from which the will of enclosing devotion and wisdom in a single entity transpires.

Massimo Ricci, touchingextremes