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MARK NISKANEN

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, working on his thesis on multimodality of music, collaborating with various singer-songwriters, or producing the debut record of his 14-piece pop orchestra, MNOE, Niskanen can be found at his studio in Jersey City, just a couple miles from Manhattan across the Hudson River.

 

NEWS & UPDATES

 

Excited to perform 'tête-à-tête' with Jani-Matti Salo at Mana Contemporary on December 17th at 7pm. Here are a couple excerpts from earlier this year:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out MNOE's debut music video featuring the Detroit songstress, Lauren Deming:

 

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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