Mary Lou Newmark is an electric violinist, composer, and poet living in Los Angeles, California. Her compositions are far from traditional. Ms. Newmark bridges the gap between current trends in electronic music and the virtuosic violin techniques of the past. Her work encompasses a wide range of styles and techniques, incorporating live performance, original poetry and electronically generated sounds. The results are unique pieces that inhabit their own sound worlds.
Street Angel Diaries, Ms. Newmark’s multimedia work about the homeless, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times’ Philip Brandes, as having a “haunting score.” He described her performance as “modernistic musical sketches on her neon-lit electric violin — picture Laurie Anderson on a good hair day, but aiming more at emotions than intellect.” Street Angel Diaries premiered in a full theatrical production at the Boston Court Performing Arts Complex in Pasadena, California in December 2006, directed by Darin Anthony and produced by Zebulon Projects. The Street Angel Diaries Video, which includes performance footage from the theatrical production, has been played on public television in Massachusetts, and at festivals in Houston, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida in 2007 and 2008.
Canto de Luz – Song of Light, A Concerto for Electric Violin and Orchestra was premiered by the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra in Montpelier, Vermont in March 2003 with the composer as soloist. Ms. Newmark was commissioned by the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra to write an electric violin concerto, one of only a handful to have ever been written. She has also completed commissions from internationally acclaimed double bassist, Tom Peters, the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and Curvd Aire, a brass quintet in Sacramento, California.
Ms. Newmark has received numerous awards for her talent as a composer and performer, including the 2009 Bettylou Scandling Hubin Award in Music Technology, 2004 Herb Alpert Foundation’s Alpert Award in the Arts for Music nomination, multiple Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Grants, American Composers Forum Grant for her electric violin concerto, “Canto de Luz,” and a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida.
Ms. Newmark frequently presents lecture/demonstrations of her music and compositional methods throughout the United States. Her works have been performed at international festivals in Corfu, Greece and Montreal, Canada, and have been featured on radio stations throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Siberia, The Netherlands and Croatia. Her two CDs are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Although she breaks new ground as a composer, she has a traditional classical background with undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance from Southern Methodist University and the University of Southern California, and a Masters degree in composition from the University of California, Los Angeles.
For more information, music and video samples please visit her website: www.greenangelmusic.com