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, Mark is forging a musical language that lives somewhere between pristine post-minimalism and hallucinatory romanticism. As the Artistic Director and guitarist for NOW Ensemble, he has brought music by some of the most exciting voices of his generation to both national and international recognition. Dancigers received a B.A. in composition from Yale University, a M.M. from the Yale School of Music and completed his PhD at Princeton University. 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. He recently scored, with Troy Herion, the theatrical release "The Dog". He has also created arrangements for acclaimed soloists Time for Three and performed with Shara Worden in Sarah Kirkland Snider's "Penelope".
Mark Dancigers' music has been performed at the Apples and Olives Festival in Zurich, the Nordernzon Performing Arts Festival in the Netherlands, 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, 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, Albany, Indianapolis, 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. He has managed NOW Ensemble since the release of "Awake" in 2011; the group has since released Missy Mazzoli's opera "Song from the Uproar."
As a 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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