MARK DANCIGERS is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and solo works, and electric guitarist for the new-chamber music group NOW Ensemble. Praised as "entrancing" in the New York Times, his music seeks to move listeners through graceful melodies articulated by innovative timbres. As the Managing Director and guitarist for NOW Ensemble, he has performed across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, premiering dozens of works by leading composers of his generation such as Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Judd Greenstein, Timo Andres, Dan Deacon, Patrick Burke, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and many others.
Dancigers's recent collaborators include Oscar-nominated-director Sam Green on the film The Measure of All Things, premiered at the Sundance Festival with live soundtrack performed by yMusic, and New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck for a pas de deux called The Bright Motion, commissioned by the Fall for Dance for their 10th Anniversary Season. He recently scored, with Troy Herion, upcoming theatrical release The Dog. Mark studied composition at Yale, the Yale School of Music and Princeton University, and currently is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the New College of Florida.
Mark Dancigers's music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Miller Theater, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Peak Performances, Music on the Edge, Southern Exposure, New Music New College, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, and numerous other venues. His orchestra music has been performed by the Alabama, Minnesota, Albany, Indianapolis, Cabrillo, and New York Youth Symphony Orchestras. A large part of his chamber music output is for NOW Ensemble, whose second album Awake charted at #2 on Amazon's Classical Music Charts and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered.
As a producer, his credits include Michael Mizrahi's The Bright Motion, which made the Top Ten Best Classical Releases of 2012 in both Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago. Critics wrote that the piece The Bright Motion contained the album's "loveliest moments...stately trills repeat operatically throughout, creating wave-like effects whose lulling motions impart a dream-like, incantatory feeling to the material—bright motion, indeed" (Textura).