A musician with many diverse interests, Mark Zaki has created works that range from traditional chamber music to new media and music for film. Also an active violinist and violist, Zaki was one of the first musicians to use and explore the Zeta (MIDI) violin as an instrument for experimental composition and performance. Demonstrating a wide range of compositional techniques, his music has incorporated and transformed elements from a variety of traditional and popular musical forms, serial procedures, improvisatory contexts and acousmatic practice into a highly idiosyncratic style.
His most recent projects include an acousmatic score for the film The Eyes of van Gogh, a score for the Peabody award nominated documentary The Political Dr. Seuss, and a new media installation Absence, Presence which premiered at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA in a six week exhibition called Bits and Pieces.
His work has been presented by the Los Angeles Sonic Odyssey Electronic and Computer Music Concert Series, the Comunidad Electroacoustica de Chile (Santiago), the Holland Festival Oude Muziek (Utrecht), the Not Still Art Festival (NYC), the International Computer Music Conference (Miami 2004), Nuit Bleue (France), Electrolune (France), Primavera en La Habana (Cuba), Musica Nova (Prague), the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, the SEAMUS National Conference, the Florida Electronic Music Festival, the NWEAMO Festival (San Diego), Most Significant Bytes (Ohio), The SoundImageSound Series (Stockton, CA), the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, the Cycle de Concerts de Musique par Ordinateur (Paris), the Pulse Field International Exhibition of Sound Art (Atlanta), and in the Canadian Electroacoustic Community's CD project DisContact! III. Mark also recently collaborated with director Annie Loui and video artist Antoinette LaFarge scoring their immersive theater and multimedia work Reading Frankenstein.
Zaki includes among his teachers Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, Charles Wuorinen and Arnold Steinhardt. He has doctoral degrees in composition and music technology from Princeton University and in violin/viola performance from Rutgers University. Currently, he divides his time between New York City and Los Angeles.