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Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser

As technically formidable as he is forward-thinking, bassist Mark Dresser was raised in Los Angeles, but made the perhaps inevitable migration to New York twenty years ago. He hasn’t looked back, working in sophisticated, left-of-center musical endeavors, playing in Anthony Braxton’s quartet for several years, in addition to the Arcado String Trio, his quintet Force Green, and countless other gigs as a sideman. Through it all, Dresser has demonstrated an assured fluidity working in the gray areas between “jazz” and new music-contemporary classical division.

Of late, Dresser has been attached to film-related projects, under his own name. A few years ago, he wrote a new score for the expressionist silent film classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and has just released a recording of a score he wrote for another, stranger classic, Un Chien Andalou, a staple of surrealist cinema, made by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. Both projects are released on Knitting Factory works. Next up is a film with a living filmmaker, Tom Leeser.

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