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New Music for Banjo

by Mark Sylvester

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Winner of the 2009 WAMMIE Award for Classical Recording, Mark Sylvester's second CD, New Music for Banjo, is a collection of original classical compositions for solo banjo and banjo in small chamber ensembles. Inspired and nurtured by his involvement with Great Noise Ensemble (GNE), a young contemporary classical chamber ensemble based in the Washington, DC, area, these four pieces were premiered by GNE during its first three seasons. Several musicians from GNE join Mark and his banjo on this CD.


released March 1, 2009

All music composed by Mark Sylvester

Banjo - Mark Sylvester
Oboe - Janna Ryon
Violin - Andrea Vercoe
Violin - Heather Figi
Viola - Rebecca Kletzker
Cello - Matan Mintz
Bass - Joel Ciaccio

Produced by Mark Sylvester
Recorded and Mixed by Mark Sylvester
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering, Springfield, VA

Cover Photograph by Gene Carl Feldman
Design and Layout by Patricia Baca

Published by Zucca the Cat


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Mark Sylvester Silver Spring, Maryland

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Sylvester strives to blend the sounds, styles, and instruments of American folk music with the experimental spirit of contemporary classical and art rock music. He performs as a solo guitarist and singer-songwriter, as an accompanist, and as a member of the DC-based new music group, Great Noise Ensemble. ... more

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