Matt Marks is a composer and performer of emotionally manipulative pop songs and acoustic works. A founding member of Alarm Will Sound, he also performs as a French hornist with such acclaimed new music ensembles as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Signal, and ACME. He has recorded for Warp Records, Nonesuch, and Cantaloupe Music, as well as many other independent labels. As a composer and arranger, Marks’s work has been called “staggeringly creative” by The New York Times, “obsessively detailed” by New York Magazine, and “stunning” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, The Bang on a Can Marathon, and the Tribeca New Music Festival and live on WNYC radio. Marks’s first album, his post-Christian nihilist pop opera The Little Death: Vol. 1, was released on New Amsterdam Records in May 2010. Other recent projects include The Adventures of Albert Fish, described by Sequenza21.com as “brilliantly simultaneously creepy and funny;” A Portrait of Glenn Beck for the new music ensemble Newspeak; and an arrangement of The Beatles’ “Revolution 9” for Alarm Will Sound. Recently Matt has been working with The Dirty Projectors on a live realization of their opera The Getty Address and on his first string quartet for ETHEL. Matt is also co-director of the BDSM-themed chamber ensemble Ensemble de Sade and is an organizer of the annual New Music Bake Sale.
Matt Marks appears in the following:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Adventures of Albert Fish is a song cycle based on letters and writings of the infamous 1920s serial killer Albert H. Fish. The text of Dear Mrs. Budd is taken verbatim from a letter written to the mother of one of his young victims. In spite of the horrific action described in the text, the piece is merely an exercise in propaganda: rather than commenting on or criticizing the text, the musical accompaniment exists in single-minded service to the text and attempts to reflect the mind state of the author, Albert Fish.