New York born composers Brian Mark and Jon Russell curate an concert series with Nonclassical, featuring cutting edges performances by performers and ensembles throughout London, with an emphasis on contemporary and traditional American works.
London-based composer Brian Mark has been hailed as an “attractive and intelligible” artist (Boston Musical Intelligencer), whose work is “compelling” (London Jazz News), and “preserves the vibrancy and relevance of contemporary art music” (New York Examiner).
Brian’s music have been performed by many notable ensembles, such as the BBC Singers, Atlas Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Brave New Works, Choral Chameleon, Chelsea Symphony, both the Ligeti and Esterhazy String Quartets, Juventas Ensemble, and Dither Quartet, among many others. His works have been presented around the world in festivals, such as the London Contemporary Music Festival, Atlas Festival, Spitalfields Music Festival, June in Buffalo Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, highSCORE Festival, the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA), and has had performances of his piano compositions premiered at the San Francisco New Keys Concert Series. His chorale piece Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum, commissioned by theRoyal Academy Chamber Choir, has made the finalist round in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Composition. From 2009-2011 Brian was the Co-Artistic Director for DETOUR, which promoted emerging composers through its annual concert series in NYC. Brian is currently finishing his PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
Jonathan Russell is a London-based composer, clarinetist, and conductor whose work has been hailed as “incredibly virtuosic, rocking, and musical” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “a fantastically distorted perpetual motion of awesome” (I Care If You Listen). His compositions have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by orchestras, choirs, and chamber ensembles around the world. He is a member of the heavy metal-inspired Edmund Welles bass clarinet quartet and the Sqwonk bass clarinet duo, and is a co-founder of San Francisco’s Switchboard Music Festival.
He has a B.A. in Music from Harvard University and an M.M. in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His primary composition teachers have included Paul Lansky, Dmitri Tymoczko, Dan Trueman, Barbara White, Steve Mackey, Dan Becker, Elinor Armer, Eric Sawyer, John Stewart, and Eric Ewazen. His clarinet teachers have included Janet Greene, Alan Kay, and Jo-Ann Sternberg. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the composition program at Princeton University and lives in London, UK.