“One of the best corporate acts I’ve seen! What are these guys doing in Australia?”, P.D. Brisbane
“Wow, need I say more”, B.J. Gold Coast
Mark Watson & Liam French are “Project 88” – Australia’s freshest new Duelling Pianos Act
Classically trained by the late Ivan Fosello, pianist for the famous European conductor and arranger, Mantovani, Mark received his grades through the Trinity College of London as well as studying jazz.
Mark currently is the only Australian musician on the famous European label, Cafe del Mar, which stands as the most respected and highly imitated chillout music compilation series, selling millions of copies around the world.
He has toured with Dire Straits in their support band, performed in front of stadium crowds of up to 60,000, numerous television performances, written an Orchestral piece for the Canadian Olympic trials, produced the soundtrack for Honda’s ASIMO robot live tour, an official presenter for Roland synths & pianos, as well as been guest lecturer a number of times at Griffith University. Mark has also recently performed with Anna-Maria La Spina (ex Savage Garden), for Sir Richard Branson at the release of his private island, Makepiece!
For over 15 years, Liam has been in demand throughout Australia as a piano/vocalist. Liam has held residencies and regular performances at every major 5 star hotel on the Gold Coast including: Palazzo Versace, The Marriott Hotel, The Sofitel, GC International, Sheraton Mirage Resort and The Radisson Resort. A list of corporate clients including Mercedes-Benz Australia, Allianz Insurance, Conrad Jupiter’s Casino, CPA Australia also request him and his other entertainment line-ups personally for their events. Liam also held a 2-year residency at Brisbane’s Treasury Casino as part of the first “Duelling Pianos” act in Australia.
Liam has set his standard at an international level. His duo, Minor Variation has entertained throughout the South Pacific Islands, aboard the M/S Norwegian Star and his trio’s Asian debut saw them contracted to The Peninsular Excelsior Hotel in Singapore. Since Christmas of 2005, Minor Variation has travelled annually to Hong Kong performing for the guests of the prestigious Pacific Club.
With a repertoire unsurpassed, Project 88 are the fresh new concept the corporate scene has been waiting for!