Born: June 4, 1937
Mark Whitecage is internationally known as an innovative instrumentalist and composer in the fields of jazz and new music. He performs at the highest level of creativity, constantly transforming and reconfiguring his wealth of musical experience to offer a fresh and unique voice in any musical setting. In his five decades of experience, Mark has explored bop and post-bop, free-wheeling improvisation, electronics, musical opera, music for dance, solo to big band ensembles, even sound collages with homemade instruments. Mark says of his experience, I've played in every type of band there is except klezmer....
AwardsIndividual Artist's Fellowship - Music/Jazz, National Endowment for the Arts
Meet the Composer Fund - numerous composer grants
Artists Space - Individual Artist Grant
Top 30 Musicians, Cadence Magazine
Hudson County Fellowship in Jazz Composition and Performance
“The man is an absolute master of the alto saxophone and clarinet (not to mention a dab hand at electronics), and one of the finest and most original jazz composers in the world, and has been for years.” Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic; Signal to Noise
“Whitecage creates full-bodied jazz songs drawn from the boundless font of a living tradition...music of enduring substance.” Sam Prestianni, Jazziz
“Whitecage continues to be one of the prime innovators at the start of the twenty-first century.” Steven Loewy, All Music Guide to Jazz
“Mark Whitecage knocks me out. He has achieved a rare union of tradition and innovation all coupled with finesse and at times, raw muscle. He is a totally unique player who raises the spirits of rebellion, while at the same time lifting the music to a new plateau.” Tim Price, Saxophone Journal
“technically brilliant...full of ideas...Whitecage, whose fine alto is at last spotlighted, soared from the start.” Scott Albin, Down Beat
BushWacked: A Spoken Opera
Ducks On AcidW.E.R.F.
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