Celine Dion - "It's amazing what he can do with a violin and a bow"
Jay Leno - "Itzhak Perlman pulling his hair out, ladies and gentlemen!"
CBS News - "You gotta see this guy to believe it!"
Entertainment Tonight - "Incredible musician!"
USA Networks - "We use his music all the time and LOVE IT!"
CBS Sunday Morning - "Moving violin into the future"
Time Magazine - "Funk metal violin at its very best"
Yngwie Malmsteen - "This music is totally different from anything else I've heard! Totally different. When I came around the first time, everybody said 'this is weird.' Yet that's the initial thing to do; something that no one else has done. That's very important. Mark Wood's done that. It's completely nuts! It's great!"
The Professor - WFBG - Altoona, PA - "Not only are his CDs curious listening, they are astounding listening, as Wood breaks acres of new ground . . . I need not say more - listen and discover Mark Wood for yourself . . . [It] is THAT impressive."
Mark Wood's dexterity, ferocity, texture and attack of playing almost invariably lead to comparisons with some of the rock era's most renowned guitarists. Comparisons, however, cannot come close to capturing the electricity, passion, and innovation exhibited in all of his very original music.
Mark Wood is a highly acclaimed international recording artist who has released several records of his own music and has toured and recorded with many of the industry's most prominent performers. In addition to touring with Celine Dion, where he was featured on a duet with her on the song "To Love You More," Mark was also string arranger on two of her records. He was the featured violinist in Billy Joel's video "All About Soul," appeared on "MTV Unplugged" with Lenny Kravitz, and has performed with Everclear in a live special for New York radio station WPLJ-FM. Mark is also lead violinist and string conductor with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, whose Chrismas CDs continue to be the highest sellers in their category.
In an industry where originality is a rare commodity, recording artist, performer, producer, inventor and two-time Emmy-nominated composer Mark Wood is truly an original.
Leaving behind a full classical scholarship at the Juilliard School of Music, Mark set out to realize his personal vision of a "new music." This vision of Mark's was built on his insatiable need to carve out a niche for the electric violin in rock and roll. Mark began designing and building violins that better fit this new direction. The epitome of his inventiveness is best captured by Mark's wholly unique six and nine-string fretted double-neck electric violin, "The Violator." Though he has custom designed and built numerous violins, it was the use of the double-necked electric on his CD "Voodoo Violince" that enabled Mark to shatter all previously held notions of violin sound by pushing far into the realm of sustain, volume, and tonality normally reserved for the electric guitar. The result of these efforts is Wood Violins, a company whose mission is to make Mark's incredible instruments available to the general public. Wood Violins has become highly successful in custom manufacturing and selling the revolutionary patented Viper electric violin.
In the capacity of composer, Mark started Mark Wood Music Productions, a company which focuses mainly on creating dramatic and inspirational pieces of music for television and film markets (particularly sports productions, network specials, and commercial spots) and has earned Mark a number of impressive video and audio production credits, including his two Emmy nominations. The client list of Mark Wood Music Productions includes many of the major television networks as well as several world famous recording artists.
Major television appearances have included The Rosie O'Donnell Show, the Conan O'Brien Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV News, Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment, CBS Sports, CBS News, and CNN. Other press coverage has included Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, Newsday, Metal Edge and Guitar for the Practising Musician.
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