Mark Knippel’s music contains a wide variety of influences, from the repetitive rhythmic intensity of African music, to the fluidity of Indian classical music, to the exotic melodic and scalar ideas of composers like Bela Bartok and Oliver Messiean. He studied composition at Southern Oregon University and the University of Oregon, under Todd Barton, Wayne Slawson, Robert Kyr, and David Crumb. He graduated in 2006 with a BA in music composition and education from SOU, and in 2011 with his MMus from the U of O. His saxophone quartet, “At the Loss of Love and Folly”, has been published by Dorn Publications. Two of his guitar quartets (“Marenje” and “Attained Elusiveness”) have been recorded by the San Francisco Guitar Quartet (www.sfgq.com) on the album “Chasing Light.” The album can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com/cd/sfgquartet.
Mark completed an assistantship for the world-premiere musical, Tracy’s Tiger, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon in 2006. He has received the ASCAPlus Award, and received the Schneider Award, given to the outstanding music student at Southern Oregon University. He currently serves as a Development Associate at Britt Festivals in Medford, Oregon.