Martha Mooke, a pioneer in the field of the electric five string viola/violin, transcends musical boundaries by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation. She has developed a unique musical voice while retaining the depth and soul of the instrument. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Martha is a leading clinician on electric strings and alternative approaches to playing including the use of electronics, extended techniques and improvisation.
She has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer and Arts International among others. Besides her catalog of works for solo and ensemble electric strings, she has composed music for theater and ballet and served as Music Director for national and international events. Ms. Mooke's diverse schedule includes touring, clinics and lecture demonstrations. She has toured internationally as a member of Barbra Streisand's acclaimed orchestra during the North American 2006 and European 2007 tours, with Peter Gabriel on his "New Blood Tour 2010" and traveled throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico with "Star Wars In Concert". Ms. Mooke's genre-defying recordings, Enharmonic Vision, her solo debut CD, and Café Mars with guitarist Randolph Hudson, III, as the duo "Bowing", have attracted wide critical acclaim.
Since 2001, Ms. Mooke and her avant-garde string quartet, the Scorchio Quartet have performed at the Tibet House Benefit Concerts at Carnegie Hall with David Bowie, Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Regina Spektor, Moby, Lou Reed, Trey Anastasio, Ziggy Marley, Rufus Wainwright, and the Kronos Quartet. Scorchio appears on David Bowie's 2002 release Heathen. Ms. Mooke played in the U.S. premiere of Paul McCartney's "Standing Stone" at Carnegie Hall and on numerous film scores by Philip Glass. She has also performed with Bon Jovi on "MTV Unplugged", played with Enya, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Chocolate Genius, Al DiMeola, John Cale, Anthony Braxton, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, among others. She has appeared on Regis Live!, the David Letterman, The View, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Rosie O'Donnell shows.
Ms. Mooke received an ASCAP 2001 Concert Music Award for creating and producing ASCAP's new music showcase THRU THE WALLS featuring composer/performers whose work defies categorization.
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