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Mark Feldman




The marriage of classical and jazz.

The violin has never been considered a typical jazz instrument, but in recent years, in the eclectic atmosphere of improvised music, nontraditional instruments have been more welcome. A number of violinists have risen to prominence, and the most prolific among them has been Mark Feldman.

Feldman grew up taking classical lessons in Chicago. In the 1980s he settled in Nashville, where he made a very good living accompanying some of the most famous country singers, including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Tammy Wynette. In 1986 he left the security of Nashville and moved to New York, where he continued to make a living as a studio musician but gravitated toward the creative downtown scene. In the last two decades he has played with all the major New York players, establishing a particularly close rapport with John Zorn and Dave Douglas. Europeans have particularly appreciated his versatile talents, and he has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, Finland, and elsewhere; in 2002 he premiered Guus Janssen's Violin Concerto with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings but avoided releasing anything under his own name until 1997, when he made Music for Violin Alone, an astounding recital of original pieces and free improvisation.

Feldman can play anything and is equally at home playing contemporary classical, jazz, or pop.


Firehouse 12 Performances

Ned Rothenberg - Inner Diaspora Friday, December 11, 2015, 10:00p
8:30p
Michael Musillami Trio with Mark Feldman Friday, October 5, 2007, 10:00p
8:30p
Dark Woods Ensemble Friday, December 9, 2005, 8:30p


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