Whether it be playing guitar and directing a string quartet at Carnegie Hall, recording an orchestra in Prague, or rocking out at Bonnaroo music festival, Mark Tewarson's ability to capture the spirit of music has led him to varied and exciting places.
His studies began at the New England Conservatory extension division, where he learned classical viola and piano, and played in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander. He later attended New York University and earned a degree in Jazz guitar. It was there that he met the saxophonist Topaz and formed the jazz/funk group 'Topaz'. 'Topaz' released three albums on Velour Records. While touring with the group for five years, Mark shared the stage with such artists as Norah Jones, Widespread Panic, The Roots and James Brown. During this time Mark also was a winner in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting competition (2001) which was presented to him at BMI, by Yoko Ono.
Mark then decided to take a break from the road and pursue his passion for producing, writing and recording. This led him to record electric sitar for Patti Smith's album "12", record electric guitar with soul artist Aloe Blacc, and act as musical director and guitarist with Indian artist Falu, with whom he performed at Carnegie Hall. He most recently played guitar and composed for the band 'Escort', whose debut LP was named one of the best albums of 2012 by Rolling Stone magazine. Mark's continuing desire to blend his influences and create his own sound inevitably led him to his true love, which is composition.
As a composer Mark has been able to explore and develop all the styles that he loves. His unique sound can be heard on countless television commercials and documentaries. The powerful indian inspired percussion ensemble for Gatorade's "Win from Within" campaign, the Mahler inspired orchestral piece used in Samsung's 2014 Oscar commercial, and the whimsical and urban soundtrack to the award winning "Brooklyn Castle" documentary, to name a few.
Mark is a recent Brooklyn transplant to Los Angeles, where he enjoys writing lots of music and the incredible weather.