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2015

February 22, 11:30am
Women in Music presents: Innovative Women in New Music - Featuring women composers, performers and collaborators, with tribute Laurie Anderson. Curated by Martha Mooke in conjunction with Women in Music.  Performances by Martha Mooke, Angelica Negron and Kathleen Supové.
The Cutting Room
44 E. 32nd st., NYC

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February 26, 9:00am
Kings County Family Court - Celebrate Black History Month - Brooklyn's Family Court Honors Alvin Singleton. Includes a performance of his Mookestueck for five-string electric viola, performed by Martha Mooke, to whom the work is dedicated.
Kings County Family Court
330 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY

March 5, 7:30pm
XXV Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert. Produced by Philip Glass, featuring Laurie Anderson, the Flaming Lips, Tenzin Choegyal with the Scorchio Quartet.
Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Ave, New York, NY

March 7, 6:30pm
Featured Artist for Tibetan Home of Hope 8th Annual Benefit Party
Nyack Center,
58 Depew Ave, Nyack, NY

March 15, 2pm
World Premiere of Skandhas for Symphonic Band. Commission and performance by the University of St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dr. Matthew J. George, Music Director).  Also includes performance of Mooke's X-ING for electric viola and concert band and premiere of Virtual Corridors II for electric viola and string orchestra.
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

March 21, 4pm
Presenting "Am I Allowed to Do That?" (Cultivating the Creative Spirit) at the American String Teachers Association National Conference.
Salt Palace Convention Center
Salt Lake City, UT

April 11
Eleonor Sandresky Rétes Series with special guest Martha Mooke
Spectrum
121 Ludlow St., 2nd floor, NYC

May 17
Everest Awakening - A Gathering for Nepal and Beyond Featuring Patti Smith, Loudon Wainwright, Martha Mooke, Jesse Paris Smith and more

June 21
Make Music Harlem (part of Make Music New York). Performances start at 4pm, Martha Mooke plays at 5pm.
Morningside Park at 116th St., NYC

October 18
Private event to benefit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
Sedona, AZ

October 23
Scorchio Quartet joins Blur onstage at Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

November 13
Casa de las América 'Music in the House'. Connect with the creative spirit in this workshop with Yamaha artist Martha Mooke
Sala Manuel Galich, 10am
Havana, Cuba

November 15
Laboratorio Nacional de Música Electroacústica presents No Ordinary Window, a concert of works composed and performed by Martha Mooke
Iglesia Paula, 5pm
Havana, Cuba

November 22
Concert/Demonstration: No Ordinary Window
Metzler Violin Shop
604 S. Central Ave, 4-6pm
Glendale, CA

December 10, 6-9pm
Martha Mooke will be a featured speaker at  the Lumen Reception at NYIT with LISA and Creative Tech Week. www.eventbrite.com/e/lumen-reception-at-nyit-with-lisa-and-creative-tech-week-tickets-19622288794
Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd)
NYC

December 13
The Cutting Room Presents: Martha Mooke's No Ordinary Window CD Release
Celebrating the release of cutting edge electro-acoustic violist/composer Martha Mooke's No Ordinary Window CD. Ticket Purchase Includes Brunch, Concert and special "No Ordinary Window" cocktail.
The Cutting Room
NYC

December 17, 12-1:30pm
Concert/Demonstration: No Ordinary Window
Concert Hall at Columbia College Chicago Music Center
1014 S Michigan
Chicago

2014

January 23
"The Power of Strings: Plugging in the Creative Spirit"
Generation Next at NAMM 2014
Anaheim Hilton
Anaheim, CA

February 1
WORLD PREMIERE: REM: A Dream in Sound
Music of Now Marathon
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, NY

February 24
Scorchio Quartet: The Anti-Room
Scorchio Quartet w/ Special Guests: Rahzel, Earl Rose and Richard Sussman. An evening of new works created for Scorchio featuring the composer performing their music with the quartet.
The Cutting Room
New York, NY

March 2
Dreamscape feat. Guest Artist Martha Mooke
Spectrum
New York, NY

May 16
WORLD PREMIERE: No Ordinary Window
Tribeca New Music Festival
The Cell Theater
338 West 23rd Street, NYC

June 5
Performing with Damon Albarn
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
NBC

June 6
Performing with Damon Albarn
The Governor's Ball Music Festival
Randall's Island Park, NYC

June 14
Performing with Damon Albarn
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Manchester, TN

June 21, 5pm
Solo set
Make Music New York
Lenox Coffee
60 W. 129th St., NYC

July 13, 5:30pm
Solo set performing REM: A Dream in Sound
Deep Listening: Art/Science - 2nd Annual International Conference on Deep Listening
Studio Beta,  EMPAC — The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute,110 8th St., Troy, NY

July 29 & August 5
Guest Artist
10th annual American String Teacher's Association of New Jersey (ASTA/NJ)
Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

September 4
Mindful Music and Sound Series present Martha Mooke: Music for the senses and the chakras. Program includes No Ordinary Window, REM: A Dream in Sound, and the WORLD PREMIERE of Prajnaparamita: the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom
Tibet House US
New York, NY

October 23, 8pm
Martha Mooke joins Philip Glass and others as special guest
Benefit for Tibetan Home of Hope
Irvington Theater
85 Main St., Irvington, NY 10533


2013

January 2-5
Presenting "The Power of Strings: Plugging In!"
4th Annual JEN Conference
Hyatt Regency Peachtree Center
Atlanta, GA

February 2
Featured Artist of Composers Now Marathon
Symphony Space
New York, NY

February 21
Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

February 22
The Cutting Room presents: The Scorchio Quintet with special guests Michael Riesman (pianist/Music Director of the Philip Glass Ensemble) and Tenzin Choegyal
Music by Philip Glass, Trey Anastasio, Lou Reed, Martha Mooke and Leah Coloff
New York, NY

February 27 - March 3
Presenting "Am I allowed to do that?"
2013 American String Teachers Association National Conference
Providence, RI

March 21
New Music Miami: Music for Electric Viola with guest artist, Martha Mooke, joined by FLEA (FIU Laptop & Electronics Ensemble)
Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
Miami Beach, FL

April 16
ASU Wind Symphony with guest composer/electric violist Martha Mooke
Arizona premiere of X-ING for Electric Viola and Concert Band, Gary Hill, conductor
Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium
Tempe, AZ

June 21
Make Music New York
Solo performance at the NY Public Library, 127 Amsterdam Ave, NYC, 1pm
MMNY - Make Music New York
New York, NY

October 14
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 - Professional Development Day, clinics and sessions
Registration required
Central Dauphin East HS, Harrisburg

October 24
IN THE SPIRIT - Philip Glass, artistic director
A Benefit Concert for the Garrison Institute's 10th Anniversary
The Town Hall, New York, NY

October 27
Scorchio String Quintet in RealTime
New Jersey City University
Jersey City, NJ

November 21
WORLD PREMIERE: New piece created by Martha Mooke for the Special Music School High School Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jenny Undercofler
Martin Luther King Jr. High School Auditorium
New York, NY

December 5 ≠ 8
78th†Annual NYSSMA Winter Conference
Solo Showcase sponsored by Yamaha
Registration required
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Rochester, NY


2012

February 13
Tibet House Benefit Concert
Carnegie Hall, NYC, 7pm

March 21-24
Presenting "Violas on the Verge"
2012 ASTA National Conference
Atlanta, GA (Registration required.)

June 1
International Viola Congress - solo concert
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY

October 8
Barbra Streisand in Concert
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA

October 11, 13
Barbra Streisand in Concert
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY

December 7
Premiere of X-ING for Electric Viola and Concert Band
Ridgewood Concert Band; Martha Mooke, electric viola.
Westside Presbyterian Church
Ridgewood, NJ

Martha Mooke with Michael Stipe, Shyman Nepali, Patti Smith and others performing at A Prayer For Nepal And Beyond
 

Photo by Al Pereira

 

New article by Martha Mooke published in Arizona Music News
The Arizona Music Educators Association features a new article by Martha Mooke — "Am I Allowed to Do That? Cultivating the Creative Spirit in the Classroom" — in their Spring 2015 issue. The article addresses tapping into the creative muse that each student unknowingly has inside of them, and encouraging young players to venture beyond their respective comfort zones. To read the entire article, visit en.calameo.com/read/001258465fcddf8516157 and use the scroll bar at the bottom to navigate to page 36.


 

Yamaha Artist Debuts Symphonic Band Piece (Yea!, Youth Education in the Arts)
"Acclaimed for her electrifying performances, Yamaha Electric String Artist Martha Mooke has been defying stereotypes and breaking down boundaries throughout her career. X-ING, her debut work for Symphonic Band with electric viola solo, takes that to a new level. Gary Hill and Chris Wilhelm of the Ridgewood Concert Band, co-commissioned X-ING. Hill summarized the experience as follows: "Martha Mooke is one of the most captivating musicians I've ever worked with! At once, she is a superb string pedagogue, an enthralling performer, and a composer in possession of an uncommon voice." "
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'Composers Now' shining light on NYC composers (PIX11.com, February 2015)
"When it comes to composers, you're probably familiar with John Williams, author of classic movie themes like Star Wars and Jurassic Park. But how many other composers can you name? Struggling? Well chances are you're not alone. Which is why composer and Brooklyn College Professor Tania Leon formed the group Composers Now...At the Composers Now events, composers like Martha Mooke have the opportunity to meet their audience and discuss the motivation behind their work. Mooke says just knowing that the creator of a work is still living and breathing adds a new dimension to the music for the listener..."
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Martha Mooke article appears in WASBE World Sept. 2014 issue
 

Martha Mooke penned an article for the Official Magazine of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, WASBE World, for its September 2014 issue. The article, in the Focus on New Music section, is entitled "X-ING for 5-string Electric Viola and Concert Band," and includes the composer's own analysis and explanation of the piece.

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Click here for more information about X-ING

 

Photo © by Tina Fineberg for The New York Times

Music of Now Marathon Begins Composers Now Series
Steve Smith, The New York Times

"Even with so much promiscuous eclecticism on display, two segments of the concert stood out. Martha Mooke, using electric violas and effects pedals, bridged the gap between Romantic virtuoso composer-performers like Paganini and Liszt and MIDI-friendly successors like Todd Reynolds and Zoe Keating." (Read the entire article)

Martha Mooke principal violist for Elton John and Yamaha 125 Anniversary Concert

Yamaha's 125th Anniversary Dealer Concert featuring Elton performing with a 60-piece orchestra, featuring Martha Mooke as principal violist, will be streamed live over the Internet on January 25, 2013, beginning at 8:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. The concert will take place at Disneyland's Hyperion Theater in Anaheim, California and the stream will be available for viewing at EltonJohn.com/Yamaha125. For more information : eltonjohn.com/news/news_details.aspx?postid=c7e9d594-dca8-460f-8fca-c2e7fed8adf8

 

"X-ING" Premieres
Martha Mooke performs the World Premiere of "X-ING" with the Ridgewood Concert Band, conducted by Frank Battisti, and the Arizona premiere with the ASU Wind Symphony, conducted by Gary W. Hill.

 

Mooke joins with Composers and Schools in Concert to offer school workshops for grades 9-12
The workshops are The Creative Spirit Unleashed, The Power of Strings, and Plugging in the Creative Spirit. For more information and course descriptions, visit the Educator page.

Martha Mooke elected to Board of Governors of The Recording Academy
Martha Mooke has been elected to the Board of Governors of the New York chapter of The Recording Academy, term beginning in June 2012. Celebrating music through the GRAMMY® Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy is the premier organization for honoring achievements in the recording arts, and supporting the music community.

X-ING - Commission for the electric viola and concert band
The Ridgewood Concert Band (NJ) and Arizona State University have jointly commissioned Martha Mooke to write X-ING, a work for electric viola and concert band. Ridgewood will premiere the piece in December 2012; Arizona State will premiere it in April 2013.

Martha Mooke with Philip Glass and others at Benefit for Tibetan Home of Hope
 

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Martha Mooke and Scorchio Quartet performing with Damon Albarn

Mooke and Scorchio have been touring with former Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn in support of his new CD, "Everyday Robots." Performances included a June 5 appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a performance at WFUV's Bronx studios, and appearances at Bonnaroo and the The Governor's Ball Music Festival.

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Click to view the WFUV in-studio performance

 

Martha Mooke will be Presenter at CMS-NAMM Generation Next

Martha Mooke will present her workshop "The Power of Strings:†Plugging in the Creative Spirit," at the 2014†CMS-NAMM Generation Next†program, to be held in Anaheim, California, January 23-24, 2014.†As a component of the annual NAMM Show,†Generation Next†is an educational program for college, conservatory, and university music students and faculty that provides an introduction to†the†NAMM Show, comprised of over 1,400 global music products and materials exhibitors.

 

Mooke to premiere "REM: A Dream in Sound" at Music of Now Marathon

Mooke will premiere "REM: A Dream in Sound"†for electric viola, on Feb. 1, as part of Symphony Space's†The Music of Now Marathon. †This event†kicks off the annual city wide, monthlong†Composers Now†Festival†that†celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to the cultural fabric of our society.

 

Scorchio Quartet: The Anti-Room, new music for string quartet with no walls

On Feb. 24,†The Cutting Room presents†Scorchio Quartet: The Anti-Room, new music for string quartet with no walls. The Scorchio String Quartet, known for it's artistry, eclectism and collaborations with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, Trey Anastasio and others, brings to life new works by Beatboxing sensation Rahzel, electric tinged jazz pianist/composer Richard Sussman, Emmy Award-winning composer Earl Rose and Scorchio founder/electro-acoustic violist Martha Mooke.†The Scorchio Quartet is a collaborating partner of the 2014 Composers Now Festival. †

 

SMS High School Teens Premiere New Work by Martha Mooke

The inaugural concert by students at Kaufman Music Center's new†Special Music School High School†on November 21, 2013 included world premieres of works by Martha Mooke,†commissioned by†Composers & Schools in Concert†and part of SMS High School's fall 2013 composer residency.

Watch SMS High School's Inaugural Performance


 
 

Composer in Residence at Special Music School High School

SMS High School's Composer-in-Residence Program will give students the opportunity to work with professional composers in hands-on workshops, mentoring sessions and public performances premiering new works. The school's first Composer-in-Residence, the pioneering electro-acoustic violist Martha Mooke, says, "When I present workshops on improvisation, electric strings or the conceptual creative process, I'm often asked where I learned what I'm demonstrating, playing or teaching. The answer is that I didn't learn most of it in school — it took years of exploring, experimenting and developing. That is about to change with the debut of Special Music School High School. It could not be more exciting or fulfilling than to be the first Composer-in-Residence of this cutting-edge institution!" Ms. Mooke's residency at Special Music School High School will be supported by Composers and Schools in Concert, a nonprofit organization that connects professional composers and high school music programs. (Read the entire article)

American String Teachers Association: Kudos to Martha Mooke!

Our third winner in our new Kudos member recognition program is Martha Mooke from Nyack, New York, self-described "electro-acoustic violist/composer." An ASTA member since about 2003, Mooke has been at the forefront of electric strings and contemporary viola playing for more than 20 years and describes her ASTA relationship "as an invaluable resource for connecting the many facets of string education and serving as the common thread for the string community." (Read the entire article)