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Mark Izu

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Mark Izu is a composer and musician. Mark's compositions are characterized by his seamless integration of cross-cultural instrumentation into the jazz genre. In addition to the double bass Mark plays several Asian instruments including the sheng (a Chinese multi-reed organ) and the Japanese sho. As the artistic director of the Asian-American Jazz Festival for the past 14 years, Mark has received both national and international attention for developing a new style of music, known as Asian-American Jazz. Mark also served as curator for the San Francisco Jazz Festival's New Silk Road series, in which he composed music for and accompanied world-renowned percussionist Zakir Hussein. Mark has performed his compositions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He was recently commissioned by the Asian-American Jazz Orchestra and the U.S. Congressional Civil Liberties Public Education Fund to create Last Dance, a multi-media jazz and taiko commemoration of Japanese-American internment during WWII.


 



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