Mark Feldman

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Mark Feldman
Background information
Born (1955-07-17) July 17, 1955 (age 61)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres jazz, avant-garde
Occupation(s) violinist, composer
Instruments violin
Labels ECM, Enja, Tzadik

Mark Feldman (born 1955 in Chicago) is an American jazz violinist.

Feldman worked in Chicago from 1973 to 1980, and in Nashville, Tennessee from 1980 to 1986. He worked in New York City and Western Europe from 1986. Feldman often works with John Zorn, Sylvie Courvoisier, John Abercrombie, The Masada String Trio, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, and Billy Hart. He has played on recordings by Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, and Chris Potter. At New York's Lincoln Center he played in duo with pianists Paul Bley and Muhal Richard Abrams. In 2010 Feldman Released two Recordings. "Oblivia" a duo recording of original music with pianist/composer Sylvie Courvoisier on Tzadik Records. "To Fly To Steal" with the Mark Feldman/Sylvie Courvoisier Quartet Featuring Bassist Thomas Morgan And Drummer Gerry Hemmingway on The Swiss Label Intakt. In 2006, Feldman's recording What Exit was released on ECM,which featured British Pianist John Taylor. In 1995 he released Music for Violin Alone, a collection of his Improvisations for Solo Violin, on Tzadik Records. In 2000 he released Book of Tells on Enja Records, a recording of his compositions for string quartet.

In Chicago he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and played in many bar bands in Chicago. He played on over 200 recordings in Nashville as a studio musician, was a member of the Nashville Symphony, and was a member of the touring groups of country western entertainers Loretta Lynn and Ray Price.

He has played on over 100 recordings in New York City as a soloist in contemporary music and modern jazz.

In 2003 he was soloist with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Guss Janssen’s Violin Concerto and with the WDR Jazz Orchestra in Concerto for Violin and Jazz Orchestra by Bill Dobbins. Live video clips with the John Abercrombie Quartet and with the Masada String Trio can be viewed on the website YouTube.

In September 2012, Feldman co-produced with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, the debut album of Scott Tixier by writing the liner notes for the release on Sunnyside Records.

Feldman is married to the Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier.


As leader/co-leader[edit]

With Arcado String Trio

as sideman[edit]

With Yelena Eckemoff

With John Abercrombie

With Muhal Richard Abrams

with Tim Berne

With Uri Caine

With The Chromatic Persuaders

  • The Chromatic Persuaders (Konnex, 1994)
  • Extrospection (Timescraper, 1998)

With Sylvie Courvoisier

With Dave Douglas

With Billy Hart

With Marc Ribot

With They Might Be Giants

  • Flood (Skyline Studios, 1989)

With Tom Varner

With John Zorn

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