Mark Piszczek

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03/12/10    Community Articles

The Birth Of Bamboo Philharmonic

Blue Bamboo Music expands its roster of artists and in the process reunites two talented musicians for an exiting new project that has been years in the making.

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About Mark Piszczek

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Composer, Mark Piszczek (b. 1957) is a native of central Florida where his parents worked in the fledgling space program. A professional performer on both oboe and saxophone, Piszczek has a deep background in both jazz and classical music. He has led his own groups and worked as a studio musician for over twenty-five years.
Piszczek's father was a devout fan of classical music and it played daily on the family phonograph. This early exposure to concert music and the presence of highly competent music teachers, instilled a love of music that later turned into a life long passion. The composer cites the music of Karel Husa, Bela Bartok, Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Ralph Towner as key influences in his early musical development.
Piszczek studied oboe at the University of South Florida and the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. After years of performing professionally as a jazz artist, he decided to return to his classical roots and received a masters degree in composition at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, where he studied with composers, Elliott Schwartz and Dan Sonenberg. Piszczek now resides with his wife in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
He has written hundreds of jazz compositions, a woodwind quintet, string quartet, four works for chamber orchestra, a brass quintet, a trio for clarinet, viola and piano, a symphony for winds and percussion and a new work for symphony orchestra. In 2009 his quartet, Songcatcher , for flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano was premiered on Wisconsin Public Radio by the Rountree Ensemble.
2010 will see the international release of his new solo jazz album, Bamboo Philharmonic on Blue Bamboo Music.
Check out Mark Piszczek's website at: http://www.mpcomposer.com

Mark Piszczek joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 27, 2010