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Ph.D., Music, Princeton University
M.M., Yale School of Music
B.A., Composition, Yale, University
Mark Dancigers’ work as a composer explores imaginative collaborations between music, dance, and film, as well as the role of the electric guitar and technology in musical environments. He received his B.A. from Yale University, an M.M. from the Yale School of Music, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has held faculty positions at Yale University and the University of Redlands, and is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Music at New College of Florida.
Praised for his “entrancing” music in the New York Times, Mark Dancigers’ work for ballet has been performed at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain and at New York City Center by dancers from the New York City Ballet; at the Martha Graham Theater with dancers from the American Ballet Theater, at Ballet Sun Valley Idaho, the University of South Carolina, and numerous other venues. His collaboration with choreographer Troy Schumacher “The Last Time This Ended” was praised in the Huffington Post as “creeping, majestic, and fantastical; it feels textured, like if you could touch the music, it would prick you.” He has also contributed to numerous collaborations with Sarasota Contemporary Dance.
His film music has been performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the Nordernzon Performing Arts Festival in the Netherlands, The Athens Concert Hall, Greece, and at The Kitchen, NYC. Dancigers also co-scored, with Troy Herion, the feature documentary “The Dog” about the life John Wojtowicz, the subject of “Dog Day Afternoon”.
His orchestral music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and by the Alabama, Minnesota, and New York Youth Symphony Orchestras. His chamber and electronic music has been performed at venues around the country and internationally including the Apples and Olives Festival, Zurich Switzerland, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, the San Diego Museum of Art, the International Trombone Festival, UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, UCLA, and many others. His piece “Everness” for the group yMusic has been nationally aired numerous times on NPR’s “Performance Today.”
A piece of sound art for 24 sculpted speakers with sculptor Richard Herzog, “yours is the natural solitude”, was exhibited at the Art Center Sarasota and at the Spartanburg Museum of Art, South Carolina.
Dancigers has also collaborated with indie rock artists Dan Deacon and San Fermin for performances in New York’s Merkin Hall and Boston’s House of Blues.
Dancigers also enjoys studio work on the other side of the glass. As an album producer, his credits include pianist Michael Mizrahi’s “Currents” (2016) and “The Bright Motion” (2012), which made the Top Ten Best Classical Releases of 2012 in both Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago.
Dancigers enjoys creating innovative courses and performance experiences with New College of Florida students. Previous projects include the creation of a laptop performance ensemble, an ensemble of entirely home-made and assembled instruments called the DIY Ensemble, and the Open Instrumentation Ensemble dedicated to the performance of post-minimalist, experimental, and improvised repertoire for any combination of instruments. A current project with students is creating digital control interfaces for analog synthesizers for interactive performances in December 2018.
• 2017 NOW Ensemble, Patrick Burke, Emily Pinkerton, “Rounder Songs”. Electric guitar. New Amsterdam Records.
• 2016 Michael Mizrahi, “Currents”. Composition and album producer. New Amsterdam Records.
• 2015 NOW Ensemble, “Dreamfall.” Composition and electric guitar. New Amsterdam Records.
• 2015 Joshua Quillen (So Percussion), “Steel Drums”. Composition. Bandcamp.
• 2014 yMusic, “Balance Problems.” Composition. New Amsterdam Records.
• 2012 Missy Mazzoli, “Song from the Uproar”. Electric guitar. Time Out New York Top 10 Release of the Year. New Amsterdam Records.
• 2012 Michael Mizrahi, “The Bright Motion”. Compositions and Album Producer. Time Out New York Top 10 Release of the Year. New Amsterdam Records.
• 2011 NOW Ensemble, “Awake”. Electric guitar and compositions. National radio play on NPR. New Amsterdam Records.
• 2010 William Brittelle, “Television Landscape”. Electric guitar. New Amsterdam Records.
• 2010 Scott Johnson, “Americans”. Electric Guitar. Time Out New York Top 10 Release of the Year. Tzadik Records.
• 2008 NOW Ensemble, “NOW”. Electric Guitar and compositions. New Amsterdam Records.
• Electronic Music I
• Electronic Music II
• Writing Music for Film