"On his 2016 CD Mandala, guitarist and composer Mark Barnwell has shaped a fascinating instrumental guitar album that is a musical homage to the timeless Nuevo Flamenco guitar style and brings the guitar sound forward into the new millennium." - MWE3.com
"Mark Barnwell's new CD Mandala is evocative, soothing and a beautiful healing work of art. A collaborative composition of world class musicians orchestrated to a superb level. Each piece is a Safari for the Soul, a voyage transcending you to a beautiful exotic place. To follow your passions is to buy Mandala." - Amazon.com
"Mark, a virtuoso joined by top notch musicians (including the members of Incendio), takes us on an enchanting musical journey. The impeccable guitar playing and percussion are beautifully complemented with strings, keyboards and winds. Invaluable to everyone's collection!" - Amazon.com
With ten memorable original instrumental compositions, Mark Barnwell's Mandala features some of the finest Nuevo Flamenco guitarists recording on the planet today.
- Robert Silverstein, MWE3.com
"Mark Barnwell is certainly talented and respectful of that talent, he has a skill though, that in music is quite rare, he has the ability to create great musical imagination and wonderful vistas through his performance and his skill as both a musician and composer"
- One World Music
"Mark's guitar performance is very mature. He plays clearly and convincingly. Besides the excellent technique, in his music there is his emotion, his passion, his heart."
- Viktor Mastoridis (BBC)
"Immediately I was blown away. Great guitar sounds, great production, great compositions. This is really top-notch stuff. Easily as good as anything else out there in the genre."
- Jim Stubblefield (Incendio)
"On Ojos de la Tierra, my dear friend Mark Barnwell offers up some captivating and exotic melodies, with nice arrangements, talented guest musicians, and a very sweet guitar sound"
- Johannes Linstead
"This man can make a guitar sing"
- John Govier (BBC)
"I was blown away by your guitar playing"
- Cliff Bennett (1960s pop star and singer with the Rebel Rousers)