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Acclaimed for her electrifying performances and compositions, pioneering composer/electro-acoustic violist, Martha Mooke transcends musical boundaries, enhancing her classical training and expertise with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation. A Yamaha Artist and leading clinician on electric and progressive string playing, she has toured with Barbra Streisand, Peter Gabriel, Andrea Bocelli and Star Wars in Concert and has performed with Elton John, Trey Anastasio, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Patti Smith, Damon Albarn, Blur and many others.
Mooke is Founder and Artistic Director of the Scorchio Quartet featured on David Bowie's Heathen CD. As "house quartet", they perform each year at the annual Tibet House Benefit Concerts at Carnegie Hall produced by Philip Glass.
She has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, Arts International and Fellowships at the MacDowell Colony. She has been commissioned by Symphony Space, Arizona State University, Tribeca New Music Festival, Ridgewood Concert Band, University of St. Thomas, Agosto Foundation (Prague), Percussion Plus Project, Musicians Accord, SEM Ensemble, Special Music School High School, Kingwood Oxford School and others. Her musical arrangements have been performed by Country music star Sturgill Simpson, Iggy Pop, Sharon Jones and Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal. Her catalog includes solo, chamber, symphonic band and orchestra works as well as multimedia, film, theater and ballet scores.
In demand for her innovative educational programs, Mooke regularly presents clinics at national and regional conferences including ASTA, JEN, NAMM, Midwest Clinic, NYSSMA and IAJE. She is a recipient of the 2013 ASTA Kudos Award for "helping extend the boundaries in string music and education".
Mooke's genre-defying recordings, Enharmonic Vision and Bowing's Cafe Mars with guitarist Randolph Hudson, III, have attracted wide critical acclaim. Her latest CD, No Ordinary Window, released on MonkMusic Records is produced by multi Grammy winner Cynthia Daniels.
Mooke received the prestigious ASCAP Concert Music Award in 2001 for creating and producing ASCAP's new music showcase THRU THE WALLS featuring composer/performers whose work defies categorization. She serves on the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy and on the Composers Now Advisory Board.