Martha Mooke

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Primary Instrument: Viola

Martha Mooke, composer/electro-acoustic violist, a pioneer in the field of electric five string viola, transcends musical boundaries by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation. She is a Yamaha Artist and leading clinician on electric and alternative approaches to string playing.

At the request of David Bowie, Mooke became founder and violist of the electro-acoustic Scorchio Quartet. Since 2001, Scorchio has served as “House String Quartet” for the annual Tibet House Benefit Concerts at Carnegie Hall, produced by Philip Glass. Besides performing live with Bowie, Scorchio is featured on his 2002 CD “Heathen”. Scorchio has also performed with Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, David Byrne, Moby, Lou Reed, Trey Anastasio, Ziggy Marley, Rufus Wainwright, Vampire Weekend, and the Kronos Quartet among many others....
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”The Scorchio String Quartet played “Quantum” by the quartet’s leader and violist, Martha Mooke, with songful melodies accompanied by tremulous chords and Asian-flavored glissandos” - The New York Times (Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, 2010)

“With her white hair and blue five-stringed viola, Mooke is a striking figure, with a Terry Riley-ish array of electronic enhancements and a wider range of styles (from Cagean to minimalist to free jazz and beyond) than many improvisers can boast.” - The Village Voice

“In performance, a relatively traditional-sounding solo passage will give way to a mesmerizing mood sequence and then, seemingly, half an electronic orchestra has arrived - but it's all her.” - Staten Island Advance

“Mooke shows off both an impressive dynamic range and a drop-dead-gorgeous tone on her custom five-string electric viola. In her hands, the instrument can sound like a keyboard synthesizer, a guitar, or even a saxophone. … she seems to be able to translate almost any musical impulse into sound.” - Alternative Press

“The very original Martha Mooke uses space age musical colors and patterns, with her five-string electric viola leading the way, altogether exotic, hypnotic, and personal.” - The Wax Works

“Mookestueck, written for the electric 5-string viola of local string whiz Martha Mooke...Mooke's performance is superb and impassioned. - WaterfrontWeek

David Bowie: iSelect (Astralwerks) 2008 Barbra Streisand: Live in Concert 2006 (Columbia) 2007 Linda Thompson: Versatile Heart (Decca) 2007 Philip Glass - Taking Lives (Warner Bros.) 2004 Klezmer Concertos and Encores: Golijov “Rocketekya” (Naxos) 2003 Ziggy Marley – Dragonfly (Private Music) 2003 Britta Phillips/Dean Wareham - L'Avventura (Jetset Records) 2003 David Bowie: "Heathen" (ISO/Columbia) 2002 Alvin Singleton: Somehow We Can (TZADIK) 2002 Mercury Rev-All is Dream (V2 Records, Inc.) 2001 Prefab Sprout-The Gunman and Other Stories (EMI Records) 2001 Alana Davis - Fortune Cookies (Elektra) 2001 Big Pun - Endangered Species (Loud Records) 2001 Ron Sexsmith – Whereabouts (Polydor Group) 2001 Vitamin C - Vitamin C (Elektra) 1999 Muzzle - Actual Size (Warner Bros / Wea) 1999 Fat Joe - Don Cartagena (Atlantic) 1998 Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi (Nonesuch) 1998 Superdrag - Headtrip in Every Key (Elektra / Wea) 1998 Martha Mooke: Enharmonic Vision (Maximum Music Connections) 1997 Steve Reich - Works: 1965-1995 (Nonesuch) 1997 Philip Glass – Kundun (Nonesuch) 1997 John Cale - Eat/Kiss (Hannibal Records) 1997 John Cale - Walking on Locusts (Hannibal Records) 1996 John Cale - I Shot Andy Warhol (Atlantic / Wea) 1996 John Cale - Basquiat (Island Records) 1996 Joel Feigin – Transcience (North/South Recordings) 1996 Luciano Berio - The Great Works for Voice (Mode Records) 1995 Richard Barone - Clouds Over Eden (Line Records) 1992

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Nyack, NY

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Yamaha Artist/Clinician - Electric "The Power of Strings: New techniques, electronics and improvisation" This is a unique opportunity for string player, teachers and composers and to interact with Yamaha Artist/Clinician Martha Mooke as she discusses and demonstrates new and extended techniques, integration of electronics and improvisation in the rapidly growing field of electric and alternative approaches to string playing.

Yamaha Electric Strings Thomastik-Infeld Strings Glasser Braided Carbon Fibre Bows

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