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MARK NISKANEN

jazz pianist // composer // arranger

 

BIO

 

Mark Niskanen is a Finnish pianist, composer, and arranger. Intentionally breaking genre barriers, Niskanen balances contemporary and experimental music, jazz, as well as interdisciplinary multimedia work. His performances and compositions have been heard across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Niskanen holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from Western Michigan University, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Art in Music focusing in multimedia, composition, and improvisation.

When not on the road with his ensembles, studying and teaching at Western Michigan University, or rehearsing with Chicago Children's Choir, Niskanen can be found at his studio in the historic Gibson Guitar Factory in Kalamazoo, MI.

 

NEWS & UPDATES

 

My new project MNOE (Mark Niskanen Orchestral Experiment) just published its debut single Never Twice with the great Detroit-based singer-songwriter, Lauren Deming! We couldn't be more excited! You may listen and purchase it at https://mnoe.bandcamp.com/releases.

 Also, a few tickets still left for our debut show at Kalamazoo Piano Company Friday 4th at 9:30pm. Get your tickets at http://mnoe.brownpapertickets.com.

 

My band As the Sea is getting ready to release its debut EP. We're very excited to share our work with you guys. Check out the vibes from the mixing studio below:

EVENTS

PROJECTS

Below are a few selected musical projects I have had the pleasure of being a part of as a pianist, composer, and arranger:

SONGSMITH COLLECTIVE Brooke Lauritzen - voice Elliot Weeks - voice Dominic Carioti - soprano, tenor saxophone & flute Marcus Johnson - alto saxophone & bass clarinet Blake Cross - tenor saxophone Curtis James - trumpet & flugelhorn Luke Marlowe - trombone Kellen Boersma - guitar Mark Niskanen - piano & rhodes Denis Shebukov - bass Steven Perry - drums

SONGSMITH COLLECTIVE

Brooke Lauritzen - voice

Elliot Weeks - voice

Dominic Carioti - soprano, tenor saxophone & flute

Marcus Johnson - alto saxophone & bass clarinet

Blake Cross - tenor saxophone

Curtis James - trumpet & flugelhorn

Luke Marlowe - trombone

Kellen Boersma - guitar

Mark Niskanen - piano & rhodes

Denis Shebukov - bass

Steven Perry - drums

BLAKE CROSS GROUP Chris Lawrence (trumpet) Blake Cross (saxophones) Mark Niskanen (piano & rhodes) Andrew Vogt (bass) Christian Euman (drums)

BLAKE CROSS GROUP

Chris Lawrence (trumpet)

Blake Cross (saxophones)

Mark Niskanen (piano & rhodes)

Andrew Vogt (bass)

Christian Euman (drums)

TWITTER

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CONTACT

 

mark.niskanen(at)gmail.com

 

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