|Mark John McEncroe|
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Australian composer Mark John McEncroe to the PARMA family!
McEncroe’s first release with PARMA will be entitled DARK CLOUDS IN LIFE, a conceptual release focused on overcoming addiction and challenges. The album will be released early 2017 and features the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra along with pianist Helen Kennedy.
Born in Sydney, McEncroe played several instruments including trumpet, flute and clarinet. After playing those instruments and exploring different paths, he landed in music and composition, studying piano with Will Scarlett, Valeria Fawcett, and DARK CLOUDS IN LIFE pianist Helen Kennedy. Mark also spent many years studying composition and music theory with PARMA Artist Margaret Brandman. Another key figure in Mark’s composition journey has been orchestrator Mark Saliba, with whom McEncroe has shared a close musical partnership with.
In 2013, McEncroe traveled to Ostrava, CZ to record two symphonic poems, “The Passing” and “A Celebration of the Natural World” with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra. He traveled to Ostrava again in July 2014 to record his “Fanfare Suite” and “Natalie’s Suite,” which will be included on DARK CLOUDS IN LIFE.
“The Passing,” saw its world premiere in Ostrava, CZ January 21st and 22nd of this year with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra. The Janacek Philharmonic will also perform McEncroe’s Symphonic Suite No.1 – “Just Another Medieval Tale” on October 20th of this year.
|Helen Kennedy and Mark John McEncroe|