Drummer composer and bandleader originally from the US and now balancing his time between London and Vienna, he is most notably knows as the bandleader and composer for Led Bib. With Led Bib, he was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2009 (One of 12 albums of the year) and was also the winner of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2005. Led Bib have topped college radio charts across the US and Canada and have played live across TV and radio in Europe including BBC 2, Channel 4(UK), WDR, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, ORF(Austria), XFM, Radio 1 (Prague), BBC Radio 3, Radio 6(NL) BBC Radio 4. They have released 5 albums and have toured to some of the highest profile festival in Europe including North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazzfestival Berlin, London Jazz Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival and many others.
Holub is also active in other projects which see him tour around the UK, Europe and the US. These includes 'Mustard Pie' a recent collaboration with his Led Bib compatriot Liran Donin with the Polar Bear rhythm section (Tom Herbert, Seb Rochford) and UK sax legend Jan Kopinski (Pinski Zoo), 'Splinter Cel'l, a new music ensemble led by Matt Wright. Another collaboration with long time friend and cohort Liran Donin is Liran's new band 'One Thousand Boats' which is currently touring in the UK and recording their first album. He also features regularly on the improv scene with various collections of players.
Alongside all this Mark works as a composer for dance and theatre doing various commissions. Recent work has included Sign Dance Collective and Wired Aerial Theatre productions. He is also a busy contemporary dance accompanist working regularly for London Contemporary Dance School and CAT at The Place, London Studio Centre as well as freelancing with various companies including Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, English National Ballet, Michael Clark Company, Rambert Dance Company, and Richard Alston Dance Company.
Recently, Holub has been leading a number of masterclasses and workshops. These have included a week with the Aldeburgh Young Musicians and some upcoming work with the British Council Nepal and Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory.
Selected recent press quotes:
“Part free improv, part art-rock, the band’s uncompromising formula puts them in the vanguard of the new school of British jazz” The Sunday Times
"a lean, mean, improv-rocking jazz machine” Time Out
“Like a gail of fresh air” The Guardian
“one of the most edgy and exciting units to emerge on the UK music scene in recent years.” The Scotsman
“One of the UK’s most adventurous groups” Jazzwise