(Sax, Clarinet, and Keyboards)
“I was working on several recordings with my friend Guy Manning, so when he called me asking for contributions to a new project called UPF back in 2014, I didn`t have to think too long. The concept of UPF – the lyrics and the music – touched me instantly, so I`m glad to be part of that international project. After the first album was released, we all had a great time performing the songs on tour through Europe. I`m looking forward to the next release, bringing the visions of Truey and all the great musicians to life again.”
German saxophone / clarinet player and keyboardist Marek Arnold is the remaining founding member of German progressive rock band “Toxic Smile “, which has produced 6 albums (the first one was very successful with a major label in Asia), 1 orchestral DVD and an EP so far.
He also plays with and works as producer, composer and arranger for his second „baby“: the progressive crossover band “Seven Steps to the Green Door”, already working on fifth album and being part of nearly all important prog festivals in Europe after release of latest release „FETISH“.
After finishing the study of popular music / teaching of saxophone, he played in several bands from Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop to Progressive Rock/Metal and works as a sax & keyboards teacher at a European grammar school.
Marek was a member of legendary East german artrock band “Stern Combo Meissen” from 2010 – 2012. He still writes and arranges for this band and writes and plays live with the actual singer, Manuel Schmid.
After that he also co-founded melodic prog band “Cyril” ( with Manuel Schmid and „Toxic Smile“ – singer Larry B.), currently working on 3rd CD, and added his talents to progmetal band, “Flaming Row“.
Since the founding of his studio “b`side-music” several recordings, productions, compositions and CDs have been realised.
He has contributed Saxes and Clarinets to 3 Manning (Guy Manning) albums and was featured on the album and toured Europe with UPF for their debut album ‘Fall In Love With The World’.
More recently, Marek is the ‘EK’ in Damanek along with Guy Manning, and Dan Mash. The group, along with Sean Timms (Southern Empire), and Luke Machin performed at Summer’s End 2016 and the album ‘On Track’ was released on Giant Electric Pea (GEP) in May 2017.
Marek is a featured guest on the album “From Here to The Impossible”, with Oliver Rüsing’s band KariBoW, released in July 2017. Marek joined the band for their 2017 live tour through Europe.
Beside all the “Prog“ bands and studio work, Marek is also part of German jazz band “Passage“, playing nearly every week for nearly 20 years now.