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Mark Kuss

Mark KussMark Kuss has received awards from the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters, the N.E.A., the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, A.S.C.A.P., the Copland Foundation and others. His work has been performed by the 21st Century Consort, the Folger Consort, the State Orchestra of Romania, at Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the MacDowell Colony, the Swannanoa Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, San Francisco's Composers Inc., the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, and throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Recent projects include Viola, Cello and Violin Concertos—all premiered by ONE—which are slated for recording by Parma Records in 2014. Other recent projects include music for the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, music for the grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, a saxophone concerto and sax quintet for jazz great Branford Marsalis, music for cellist Fred Raimi, and for Hesperus--ensemble in residence at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

His music, recorded on the Koch International and Gasparo labels includes two discs of chamber music and one of original Ragtime.

In addition to his compositional work with orchestral and chamber musicians, Mr. Kuss has produced soundtracks and sound design for a number of independent films and theater productions--is involved in the noise-rock scene building and performing on Folktek synthesizers which employ non-traditional user interfaces--and plays Jazz piano with Hesperus, ensemble in residence with the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC. as well as 2BlackSuits, a piano and bass duo.  For fun he plays viola in a number of local orchestras.

He teaches upper division Theory and runs the Electronic Music Production Facility.


Selected web resources:
NYTimes: Marsalis Concerto

New Haven Register: Sounds distant

21st Century Consort: commissions and premieres