The Dream Gallery
Mark has won the Global Music Awards’ Award of Excellence for lyrics in The Dream Gallery. He has also received GMA's Award of Merit for creativity/originality
Mark discusses The Dream Gallery in depth in a series of YouTube videos. This link takes you there.
I'm very pleased to announce the release by the Delos label of The Dream Gallery: Seven California Portraits, a big song cycle for soloists and chamber orchestra that depicts a group of archetypal Californians and the regions in which they live.
The product of an intense year-and-a-half of composing and recording, Gallery exposes both the state's varied landscape and the fault lines of its characters' internal worlds. Dispensing with postcard themes and stressing stark realism, the piece highlights these complexities through music that melds elements of classical, rock and jazz, and is performed by high caliber musicians from across Southern California.
To emphasize the characters' individuality, I chose a different singer for each of the cycle’s seven movements. The soloists – Mary Jaeb, David Marshman, Janelle DeStefano, Delaney Gibson, Carver Cossey, Martha Jane Weaver and Tom Zohar -- form a fascinating cross-section of the musical life of the region. All of them met admirably the challenge of a composition posing unusual demands and a high degree of characterization.
Sharon Lavery, one of the Los Angeles area’s leading conductors, directed the La Brea Sinfonietta, an ensemble of distinguished Hollywood session players, in the recording of Gallery.
The downloadable digital booklet in the left-hand column provides much more information about the project, including the lyrics, artist bios, liner notes and photos.
I hope you'll enjoy The Dream Gallery!
The Singers On The Dream Gallery:
Mouse over the images for a full biography.