Mark Ettinger: Comprehensivist, composer, conductor, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, Mark’s played piano with Bo Diddley, sung with The Bobs, conducted the Cincinnati Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and professed at the Mannes College of Music.
He has released two singer/songwriter albums: In This World, and Songbirds of Tralfamador; his 3rd, “Still, Regrettably, Untitled” will be out in September 2013. He has been brewing his own brand of Neo-humanist death-defying folk-blues for years now, learning his trade as a youth in the bars and clubs of New York’s downtown scene. He has played with such characters as Chris Whitley, Bo Diddley, and Allen Ginsberg, and with NYC bands Joey Miserable and the Worms, The Five Chinese Brothers, Barbeque Bob and the Spareribs, Mumbo Gumbo, and The Surreal McCoys and others. In the northwest, he has performed with Leftover Salmon, Faith Petric, Jim Page, Baby Gramps, PK Dwyer, Artis the Spoonman, and The Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra.
He toured the world juggling and making silly with the Flying Karamazov Brothers for the last 14 years, and as their Music Director wrote music for half a dozen shows. He is the Leader of The Naked Truth, house band for the Burlesque shows of Seattle’s Moisture Festival. His chamber opera The Triangle, based on texts by W.B.Yeats, was produced in 2005, and his score to Coming, Aphrodite (2009, La Mama) was nominated for an IT award.
He continues to search inside and out for songs of enlightenment and hopes to get a little further down the path before the lights go out. He thanks his teachers for so much. He loves his family toasters mice elmleaves loons cathedrals words roses friends walking sunrise the dhamma and his family.