Born in Denver, Colorado in 1968. During childhood studied violin, cello, piano, trombone, guitar, electric bass and contrabass. Began working as a professional musician at age twelve. Studied music at Brown University (B.A. Music 1990) and Yale School of Music (1990-91).
From 1990-93 toured US, Canada, and Sweden as member of the Artie Shaw Orchestra. In 1993 toured U.S. with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, toured US. In 1994, as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, toured US, Hawaii, and Japan.
Based in New York City from 1992 to 1996. During this time performed at major jazz clubs including the Blue Note, the Village Gate, Sweet Basil (presently Sweet Rhythm), Knitting Factory, Augie's (presently Smoke), 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, La Famille, and was member of house band for jam session at Small's. Guests there included Ray Bryant, Larry Willis, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Bernard Wright, Nicholas Payton, Barry Altschul, Rick Margitza, Sam Newsome, and Evelyn Blakey.
Based in Tokyo area since 1997. Presently active as acoustic and electric bassist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator.
"Window", CD of duets with guitarist Tomoya Hara, released January 2005. August 2007 released CD "Hamon", recorded live on September 2006 tour with Hara and New York drummer Brian Floody. Window Trio toured in fall of 2008 with singer Melissa Morgan, and in 2010 performed at Small's in New York and the Brooklyn Conservatory.
Member of Candela, Tokyo-based jazz and world music band. Released critically acclaimed CD "Mogami" in 2002. Second CD "Rise Above" released in 2004. Performed at Toronto Jazz Festival and Joe's Pub (NY) in 2003 and New York Blue Note in 2004.
The New Mark Tourian Sextet performs original compositions and arrangements of standard jazz repertoire.
Appears as the character "Cymbals" in "Nodame Cantabile- the Movie" (Toho, December 2009 release) starring Hiroshi Tamaki and Juri Ueno.
Performs Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in motion picture "Baruto no Gakuen" (TOEI, June 2006 release) starring Ken Matsudaira and Bruno Ganz.
Appears in "Lost Love" (Shochiku, June 2007 release) starring Masakazu Tamura and Misaki Ito.
Has performed with Tom Harrell, Eddie Henderson, Lew Tabackin, Joe Henderson, Terumasa Hino, Dave Liebman, Eric Marienthal, Billy Eckstine, Paul Jeffrey, Richie Cole, Herman Foster, Bross Townsend, Bert Seager, Victor Jones, Ralph Lalama, Pete Yellin, Michael Cochrane, Bill Saxton, and Valery Pomonorev.