All of us at Sequenza 21 are saddened to learn of the passing of Matt Marks. A musical polymath, he was a composer, new music advocate, provocative Twitter presence, co-founder and key organizer of New Music Gathering, and a versatile performer, both a vocalist-actor in various projects and a founding member of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound, in which he played French horn and for which he did imaginative arrangements.
I met Marks on several occasions, but will allow his close friends and family to share reminiscences of a more personal nature. Among all those who knew and encountered him, either as a social media presence or “IRL,” his intelligence, sense of humor, persistent advocacy for gender equality in concert music and other worthy causes, and formidable talent will be sorely missed. Condolences to the many people whose lives he touched.
Read and Listen Further: Matt Marks
Matt Marks on Twitter.
The Matt Marks Music Page (personal website).
Matt Marks at New Music USA.
A 2017 review in the New York Times of Marks’s opera Mata Hari.
And a scene from the opera:
Mata Hari from PROTOTYPE Festival on Vimeo.
Steve Smith, writing in 2010 in the NY Times, profiled A Little Death, Vol. 1, a performance piece and recording with soprano Mellissa Hughes for New Amsterdam. It served as an introduction to Marks’s music for many.
Arrangement of “Revolution Number 9” for Alarm Will Sound: