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Mark Dresser

Biography

Born: 1952; Los Angeles, CA  
Bassist and composer Mark Dresser has developed a recognizable sound and masterful technique through the years -- from the L.A. avant garde jazz scene of the early '70s, to '80s European tours in Anthony Braxton's Quartet, to the late '90s' NYC downtown scene of musicians who frequently are booked at such venues as the Knitting Factory and Tonic. In addition to his acclaimed work as a composer, Mark Dresser has emerged as a master of the Read more contrabass and has played in all manner of improvisatory and composed settings with just about every major experimental, creative and/or improviser around-- including Misha Mengelberg, Evan Parker, Henry Threadgill, Tim Berne, John Zorn, and even Diamanda Galas! He has worked as a professional musician since he was 20 years old. In the early '70s, he played in Stanley Crouch's Black Music Infinity, a group that included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, James Newton and David Murray. Also during this time, Dresser was playing in the San Diego Symphony. He earned his M.A. at UCSD (where he also studied as an undergraduate), went to Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship, then moved to New York in 1986, when he was invited to join the Anthony Braxton Quartet. Dresser toured Europe and recorded with the Quartet, which included pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Gerry Hemingway through the early '90s. In NY, Dresser also focused on composing for the Arcado String Trio, and Tambastics, two groups he performed in which toured extensively, won awards, and combined recorded six CDs. Dresser has received several commissions including from Germany's WDR Radio of Cologne, and the McKim fund. Dresser has led his many recordings, including those of his own quintet, Force Green, and recordings of his original scores for two classic silent films, including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. In 1995, the Knitting Factory label released a CD of some of his solo contrabass recordings, Invocation, and two years later, Tzadik issued two of his chamber works, Banquet. Dresser has guest lectured at Juilliard, UCSD and the National Superior Conservatory of Paris. By the late '90s, he had performed on over 70 CDs, was still based out of New York, and continued wowing audiences in a variety of musical settings. ~ Joslyn Layne Read less
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  • 1.
    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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    Golijov: Ayre; Berio: Folksongs / Dawn Upshaw, Andalusian Dogs
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000478202 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Osvaldo Golijov,  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Jeremy Flower,  James Sommerville,  David Krakauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andalucian Dogs
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    Denman Maroney: Fluxations
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80607 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Denman Maroney
    Performer:  Kevin Norton,  Dave Ballou,  Ned Rothenberg,  Denman Maroney  ... 
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    Chien-yin Chen: Purr
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7091 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chien-Yin Chen
    Performer:  Lorraine Cohen-Moses,  Dominic Donato,  Christine Dahl,  Paul Hostetter  ... 
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    Golijov: Yiddishbbuk / Palmer, St. Lawrence String Quartet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57356 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Osvaldo Golijov
    Performer:  Todd Palmer,  Tara Helen O'Connor,  Mark Dresser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Lawrence String Quartet,  Ying String Quartet
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    Mark Dresser: Marinade / Rowell, Maroney, Sverrisson, Et Al
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7063 Release Date: 12/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Dresser
    Performer:  Matthias Ziegler,  Regula Schneider,  David Le Clair,  Gerry Hemingway  ... 
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    Hemingway: Chamber Works
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7052 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerry Hemingway
    Performer:  Kim Min-Young,  Sara Parkins,  Joshua Gordon,  Liuh-Wen Ting  ... 
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    Mark Dresser: Banquet
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7027 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Dresser
    Performer:  Chris Speed,  Erik Friedlander,  Marcus Rojas,  Matthias Ziegler  ... 
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    John Zorn: Kristallnacht
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7301 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  Marc Ribot,  Anthony Coleman,  Mark Dresser,  William Winant  ... 
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