Matt Marks - Professional Composer, Professional Arranger, Professional Musician
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Matt Marks
With 15 years professional experience in providing original music and arrangements for theatre, film video and other media, you can be sure of a perfect creative solution for your needs. Whether it's a professionally recorded soundtrack or live music that's required, Matt has the breadth of stylistic knowledge and passion for music and drama to create the right musical moment and overview of dramatic arc to add the glue and sparkle to your project.

Compositions include original full-length musical theatre pieces written in collaboration with various writers, as well as incidental music and songs for theatre and film/video ranging from Shakespeare and cutting-edge drama/arthouse video to theatre-in-education and commercial pantomime. I work closely with directors and the creative team, drawing upon my wide tastes in musical style to produce truly 'bespoke' music, with myself as multi-instrumentalist and/or in addition to employing the very best musicians.

As a performer and musical director

COMPOSITION WORK

Incidental music, songs, themes for theatre
Recorded [usually on minidisc or CD]

Live [performed by myself, other musicians, the actors or a combination]

A mixture of recorded and live [e.g. live singing 'karaoke-style']

Sound design (including sound effects/atmos)


Incidental music, songs, themes (soundtracks) for film and video
Scored for live (acoustic) instruments

Computer-generated

A combination of acoustic and computer-generated

Sound design (including sound effects/atmos)


Incidental music, songs, themes (soundtracks) for other media
DVDs, websites and other media yet to be developed

Background music for shops, offices, 'on-hold' 'phone systems etc.

Any other suggestions considered!

Sound design (including sound effects/atmos)

Original works
Full-length musical theatre pieces self-written and in collaboration

Commercial songs for consideration by publishers & bands/singers

Chamber and orchestral pieces

PERFORMING, MUSICAL DIRECTION AND ARRANGING
Theatre
Singing performing, coaching and preparation

Performing, bandleading on number of instruments [often keyboard-led]

Adaptation of existing music for theatre

Choral arrangements and coaching

Band fixing and conducting

Actor-musician performance coaching and direction

Recorded media
Orchestral arranging and conducting in studio

Own studio and recording experience

Choral arrangements and coaching

Original projects
Jazz band leading and performing

Bands in any musical style fixed and led

SOME SKILLS

Voice: Bass Baritone Low C-High G. Instruments: Piano, Accordion, Banjo, Drums/Percussion, Trombone, Ukulele, Guitar and others. Languages: German, French, Spanish. Full Driving License. Visual Art/Design Skills. Digital sequencing and recording, score printing


RESEARCH / INTERESTS

* The history and influence of Tango: Pilot video documentary funded by East Midlands Arts, produced using footage shot in Seinajoki, Finland. Ongoing research and composition tracing roots in Argentina and into Europe envisaged, leading to TV documentary/book.

* Indian Classical Music: Studies in tabla, voice and notation in Varanasi (Benares style).

* Bengali popular theatre: research carried out in Calcutta, particularly into Jatra Theatre and the influence of Rabindranath Tagore

* Music-drama and ritual from a world-wide perspective, particularly the Far East and Africa, and especially focusing on vocal techniques.

* 20th Century Western Music Theatre from Expressionism to American musical comedy, with particular interest in the work of Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Stephen Sondheim, Brecht, Meyerhold etc. etc..

Training & Awards

* MFA in Graduate Musical Theatre Writing, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
* AmusM (music composition), University of Nottingham
* Creative Arts BAHons 2:1 ,Nottingham Trent University
* Frederick Loewe ASCAP award for musical theatre composition, 1997

LATEST PROJECTS


* The Institute for Crazy Dancing [treasure hunt] -Leeds October 2005

* The Jazz Conductor, Composer/Performer - Sheffield Crucible, November 2006

* Musical director / composer for Aesop's Fables - Nottingham Playhouse TIE, Nov-Dec 2005

* The Book of Kings , Composer/Performer - Nottingham Playhouse TIE, March 2006

* Currently Associate Practitioner for RSC Learning

 

 

 

 
 
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