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Martha Mooke

Martha Mooke's Biography

Martha Mooke is a pioneer in the field of the electric five string viola. Her unique musical voice was developed by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation, while retaining the depth and soul of the instrument. She has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer and Arts International. Besides her catalog of works for solo and ensemble electric strings, she has composed music for theater and ballet and served as Music Director for national and international events. Enharmonic Vision, her solo debut CD, continues to receive wide critical acclaim. Her duo “Bowing”, with electric ebow guitarist Randolph Hudson, III, recently released its long anticipated CD Café Mars.

Ms. Mooke’s diverse schedule includes touring, clinics and lecture demonstrations on electric strings and the use of electronics, extended techniques and improvisation. She is founder and violist of the electro-acoustic Scorchio Quartet. She has performed and recorded with David Bowie, Philip Glass, Enya, Moby, Ziggy Marley, Lou Reed, Lauryn Hill, Al DiMeola, John Cale, Anthony Braxton, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Soldier String Quartet, Turtle Island String Quartet and Steve Reich, among many others. She has appeared on The View, Regis Live!, the David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Rosie O'Donnell shows. Ms. Mooke received an ASCAP 2001 Concert Music Award for conceiving and producing the new music showcase THRU THE WALLS featuring ASCAP composer/performers whose work defies categorization.

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