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Marc Hoffman

Marc Hoffman, a native of North Carolina, received a degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and did additional study in film composition at the University of Southern California. He also studied at The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England with composer-in-residence Harrison Birtwhistle. His composition teachers have included Sherwood Shaffer, David Ott, Leo Arnaud, and Neil Hefti. He is a member of BMI, the American Composer's Forum, and the National Association for Music Education.

After establishing himself as a composer of film, theatre, pop, and gospel music, Marc began pursuing his passion for jazz in the early 1990s. As a pianist and vocalist Marc performs over 75 dates a year with a repertoire of original jazz and his own arrangements of standards, ballads, and pop. He most often performs with his trio including Terry Peoples on bass and Gray Fallin on drums, but works as a soloist and with other ensembles as well at concerts, festivals, and other public and private events.

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DJ Jelly Roll Justice of WWOZ-FM in New Orleans: “‘Hefti’ makes you smile with its delicate riffs and uplifting swing.”

Dionne Maldonado, “Cool Ambiance,” WFSS-FM ”I loved this CD — every track! I’m overjoyed to include Curioso and to front sell Marc as one of North Carolina’s artists to look out for in 2011. He’s right up there with Tom Grant.”

Gary Dalkin, Film Music on the Web: “Hoffman brings a light, fluid grace to his eloquent improvisations, the tone largely optimistic though shot through with an enquiring spirit which adds an intriguing melodic quirk to the disc.”...”A couple more discs like this, and his infectious, melodic writing and polished musicianship will surely start to win him a serious following.” - review of Curioso

”Hoffman proves you can go home again...nine original piano pieces in a style that might be described as somewhere between the contemporary approach of Windham Hill with a nod in the direction of Aaron Copland...” - review of Long Way Home

Preston Ryback, Shore Club Studios, Vancouver: ”‘Hefti’ is one of those great tunes that is instantly recognizable within 2-4 notes (of the opening lick) — no easy achievement, and very satisfying!”

London Guardian: ”...the Hollywood impressions of Marc Hoffman's “Third Age” made some pieces on the program seem stale and derivative.” - review of The Third Age

Marc Hoffman: Curioso: Virillion VM0416-5 Review: Gary Dalkin

North Carolina based musician, composer, songwriter Marc Hoffman may just be too talented for his own good

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Salisbury, NC

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


Private teacher for over 20 years. Artistic Director of the Salisbury School of Music in NC. Teaches Tue. - Thur. afternoons when not on the road.

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"Music Is..." is a fast-paced one hour talk/presentation comparing classical music form to the form of a three minute "pop" song. Presentation "On Film Music" is a brief history of film music and the mechanics of the art form. Marc is a featured performer and speaker at seminars and conventions throughout the US.

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