Mark Dancigers is a composer of chamber, orchestral, film, and solo instrumental works, and the electric guitarist for the new-chamber music group NOW Ensemble. Praised for his "entrancing" music in the New York Times, Dancigers creates music that is melodically driven, texturally imaginative, and sonically vibrant. As the Artistic Director and guitarist for NOW Ensemble, he has lead the group to performances in Switzerland, on the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, the Skaneateles Festival, and many venues around the country. Dancigers received a PhD from Princeton University after completing a B.A. in composition from Yale University and a M.M. from the Yale School of Music. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the New College of Florida.
Dancigers' recent collaborators include Oscar nominated director Sam Green on the film "The Measure of All Things", premiered at the Sundance Festival with live soundtrack performed by yMusic, and New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck for a pas de deux called "The Bright Motion", commissioned by the Fall for Dance for their 10th Anniversary Season.
Mark Dancigers' music has been performed at the Apples and Olives Festival in Zurich, the Nordernzon Performing Arts Festival in the Netherlands, The Athens Concert Hall, Greece, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theater, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, BargeMusic, the Kitchen NYC, Arts Brookfield at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the Skaneateles Festival, Cal Arts, the Strathmore Mansion, Music Mondays, the Festival International Chihuahua, Mexico, the Music Gallery, Toronto, Montclaire State's Peak Performances, Pittsburgh's Music on the Edge, Southern Exposure, New Music New College, Western Michigan University, the Carlsbad Festival, the Look and Listen Festival, and numerous other venues.
His orchestra music has been performed by the Alabama, Minnesota, Cabrillo, and New York Youth Symphony Orchestras. A large part of his chamber music output is for NOW Ensemble, whose second album "Awake" charted at #2 on Amazon's Classical Music Charts and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered. Their recent album "Dreamfall" was released to critical acclaim in May 2015.
Upcoming projects include a collaboration with New York City Ballet choreographer Troy Schumacher and his group Ballet Collective, a new work for yMusic, a new violin work for Michi Wiancko, and a work for pianist Michael Mizrahi.
As an album producer, his credits include Michael Mizrahi's "The Bright Motion", which made the Top Ten Best Classical Releases of 2012 in both Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago. Critics wrote that the piece "The Bright Motion" contained the album's "loveliest moments...Stately trills repeat operatically throughout, creating wave-like effects whose lulling motions impart a dream-like, incantatory feeling to the material—bright motion, indeed" (Textura).
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