With Mark Applebaum coming to Fresno in just a little under a week, I thought it would be nice to provide a little background on Mark as a composer and performer (and improvisor, graphic artist, interpreter…). Rather than go into too much detail, though, I thought it would be better to let Mark speak for himself:
MARK APPLEBAUM TED TALK
Of course, if you prefer to, read here is Mark’s biography:
Mark Applebaum (b. 1967, Chicago) is Associate Professor of Composition at Stanford University where he received the 2003 Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching. He was recently named the Hazy Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Leland & Edith Smith Faculty Scholar.
He received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego where he studied principally with Brian Ferneyhough. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia with notable performances at the Darmstadt Sessions. Many of his pieces are characterized by challenges to the conventional boundaries of musical ontology: works for three conductors and no players, a concerto for florist and orchestra, pieces for instruments made of junk, notational specifications that appear on the faces of custom wristwatches, works for an invented sign language choreographed to sound, amplified Dadaist rituals, and a 70 foot long graphic score displayed in a museum and accompanied by no instructions for its interpretation.
He has received commissions from Betty Freeman, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Fromm Foundation, the Vienna Modern Festival, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and numerous others. In February 2013 the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players premiered his new work Rabbit Hole. He has engaged in many intermedia collaborations, including neural artists, film-makers, florists, animators, architects, choreographers, and laptop DJs. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist and concertizes internationally with his father, Bob Applebaum, in the Applebaum Jazz Piano Duo. His music appears on the Innova, Tzadik, Capstone, SEAMUS, and Evergreen labels.
Applebaum has held professorial positions at Carleton College and Mississippi State University. He subsequently taught classes in Antwerp, Santiago, Singapore, Paris, Amsterdam, and Oxford. In 2000 he joined the faculty at Stanford where he directs [sic] — the Stanford Improvisation Collective.