Horn, Keyboards, Voice, Composer
Matt Marks splits his time between being a horn player and a composer of electronic and acoustic works. A founding member of Alarm Will Sound, he has also performed with groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), The Wordless Music Orchestra, Argento Ensemble, and many others. He has recorded for Warp Records, Nonesuch, and Cantaloupe Music.
As a composer and arranger, Matt’s work has been called “staggeringly creative” by the New York Times, “obsessively detailed” by New York Magazine, and “stunning” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Tribeca New Music Festival, and for WNYC radio. His recent post-Christian nihilist pop-opera, The Little Death, will be released on New Amsterdam Records in 2010.
Other projects include his arrangement of Revolution 9 by The Beatles for Alarm Will Sound, a commission from Town Hall Seattle, and Horror Ballads– his upcoming song cycle about psychopathic personality disorder. Additionally, Matt is co-director of Ensemble de Sade, a BDSM-themed theatrical chamber ensemble known for their unique adaptations of new and classic works, and was also an organizer of the 2009 New Music Bake Sale.