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Mark Feldman


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Chicago, Illinois, United States (1955 – present)

Mark Feldman (born 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a jazz violinist.

Feldman worked in Chicago from 1973 to 1980, and in Nashville, Tennessee from 1980 to 1986. He worked in New York City and Western Europe from 1986. Feldman often works with John Zorn, Sylvie Courvoisier, John Abercrombie, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, and Billy Hart. He has played on recordings by Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, and Chris Potter. At New York’s Lincoln Center he played in Duo with pianists Paul Bley and Muhal Richard Abrams.

In 2006, Feldman’s recording “What Exit” was released on ECM, as was his recording with Sylvie Courvoisier “Malphas: Book of Angels Vol.3” (Tzadik). In 1995 he released “Music for Violin Alone”, a collection of his compositions, on Tzadik Records. In 2000 he released “Book of Tells” on Enja Records, a recording of his compositions for string quartet.

In Chicago he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and played in many bar bands. He played on over 200 recordings in Nashville as a studio musician, was a member of the Nashville Symphony, and was a member of the touring groups of country western entertainers Loretta Lynn and Ray Price.

He has played on over 100 recordings in New York City as a soloist in contemporary music and modern jazz.

In 2003 he was soloist with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Guss Janssen’s Violin Concerto and with the WDR Jazz Orchestra in Concerto for Violin and Jazz Orchestra by Bill Dobbins. Live Video Clips with the John Abercrombie Quartet, Bar Kokhba Sextet and with the Masada String Trio can be viewed on the website Youtube.

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  • Kelvius

    @Alainn I am almost certain that they are different artists. Everything I have heard by him has been experimental/improv/contemporary jazz/classical/whatever. Basically what you would expect from Tzadik.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Alainn

    Are there two artists under this name? The track "Paradise" doesn't sound like it's done by someone who works with John Zorn (not that it's bad, just not what I expected).

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • gakko

    Not so many options to listen here, but I can recommend anyone who likes Feldman to listen to the duo album with Satoko Fujii, available here on last fm. Reminds a bit of his duo-albums with Sylvie Courvoisier, but with a somewhat different flavor.

    29 Mar 2009 Reply
  • JamesLebowski

    What Exit? is an amazing album!

    1 Apr 2008 Reply

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