Mark Applebaum

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Biography

Born: 1967; Chicago, IL  
Mark Applebaum is an American pianist, composer, and instrument designer. His activities cover four widely different fields: contemporary acoustic composition, electro-acoustic composition, sound sculpture, and jazz. As a composer, Applebaum has had works commissioned and performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Zeitgeist. The pièce de résistance is the "Janus Cycle" (1992 to 1996, Read more still unrecorded). Other than instrumental music, he also writes for fixed support and The Janus ReMixes: Exercises in Auto-Plundering (1999, Innova) remains his most ambitious work in that particular field. As an extension of his electro-acoustic activities, Applebaum also devises percussion instruments he calls "mousetraps" out of junk and hardware. They represent a hybrid of Hugh Davies and Tom Nunn's contraptions and can be heard on Mousetrap Music (1996, Innova). Finally, he is also an active jazz pianist with the Mark Applebaum Trio and the Applebaum Jazz Piano Duo (with his father Robert).

Mark Applebaum was born in 1967 in Chicago, IL. His father, a high school teacher, has always kept a sideline as a jazz pianist and the love for the instrument fostered early in the child. Mark took his first lessons at age seven and after the inevitable high school rock bands, he went to Carleton College and to the University of California at San Diego, where he obtained his M.A. and his Ph.D. in music composition (1996). His principal teachers were Brian Ferneyhough, Joji Yuasa, and Rand Steiger. He also studied with Roger Reynolds. Since the completion of his Ph.D., he taught a year at Carleton College before moving to Mississippi State University (1997 to 2000) and Stanford University, where he is an assistant professor.

Applebaum began building instruments in 1990 and this activity was the first to be documented. In 1994, he received the jazz prize of the Southern California Jazz Society. The duo with his father came in the late '90s. Their first CD, The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree, was released in early 2002. Read less
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    Applebaum: Sock Monkey, Etc / Cai, Stanford So, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Et Al
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 706 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Applebaum
    Performer:  Florian Conzetti,  Christopher Froh,  Terry Longshore,  Brian McWhorter  ... 
    Conductor:  Jindong Cai,  Christopher Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanford Symphony Orchestra,  Paul Dresher Ensemble,  Beta Collide  ... 
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    Applebaum: 56 1/2 Ft.
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 646 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Applebaum
    Performer:  Mark Applebaum
    Conductor:  Fredrick Berry,  Mark Menzies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Lawrence String Quartet,  Stanford Jazz Orchestra,  Inauthentica
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    Applebaum: Intellectual Property / Schick, Et Al
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 602 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Applebaum
    Performer:  Mark Applebaum,  Terry Longshore,  Chris Chafe,  Jane Rigler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Dresher Ensemble
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    Appelbaum: The Janus Remixes - Exercises In Auto-plundering
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 532 Release Date: 03/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Applebaum
    Performer:  Mark Applebaum
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    Sonic Circuits Vii - Halac, Applebaum, Frengel, Et Al
    Label: Innova (American Composers Forum)   Catalog: 116 Release Date: 12/07/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christina Agamanolis,  Hideko Kawamoto,  Thomas Gerwin,  Timothy Oesau  ... 
    Performer:  Christina Agamanolis,  Hideko Kawamoto,  Thomas Gerwin,  Timothy Oesau  ... 
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    Mark Applebaum: Mousetrap Music
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 511 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Applebaum
    Performer:  Mark Applebaum
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Biography

Born: 1967; Chicago, IL  
Mark Applebaum is an American pianist, composer, and instrument designer. His activities cover four widely different fields: contemporary acoustic composition, electro-acoustic composition, sound sculpture, and jazz. As a composer, Applebaum has had works commissioned and performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Zeitgeist. The pièce de résistance is the "Janus Cycle" (1992 to 1996, Read more
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