Mark Adam is a drummer/percussionist, educator, composer and producer from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is an Associate Professor of Improvisation, Percussion and Contemporary Music at Acadia University where he has taught since 2004. He is the recipient of an Acadia Students’ Union Award for teaching excellence and was granted a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for his work in the community as an educator and contributor to the arts. Mark has performed with Canadian jazz icons Phil Dwyer, Mike Murley, Dave Restivo, Heather Bambrick and Dave Restivo. He has played on award-winning recordings of country artists George Canyon and Dave Gunning and, as a classical musician, performed with the Calgary Philharmonic, New Works Calgary, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Toronto Wind Orchestra.
Mark’s score for Two Planks and a Passion’s production, Beowulf, was nominated for a 2012 Merritt Award and he won the 2015 ECMA for Classical Album of the Year with Juno award winning composer/flutist Derek Charke for their duet recording, Kitchen Party. He produced the freshman releases of Laurenn Marchand (2016 Music Nova Scotia nominations for Solo Recording of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year and New Artist Recording of the Year), Carmen Braden (2020 ECMA nominee for classical recording of the year, 2017 WCMA nominee for Classical Composition of the Year), and multiple WCMA and Juno nominated artist Kim Barlow (Indie Folk/Pop). Recently, Mark was a finalist for Producer of the Year for the 2020 East Coast Music Awards.