Mark Applebaum

Mark Applebaum

Artist’s Bio

Mark Applebaum


Mark Applebaum is the Edith & Leland Smith Professor of Composition at Stanford University. Many of his pieces—including one that was written for Kronos in 2015—are characterized by challenges to the conventional boundaries of musical ontology: works for three conductors and no players, notational specifications that appear on the faces of custom wristwatches, works for an invented sign language choreographed to sound, amplified Dadaist rituals, a chamber work comprised of obsessive page turns, and a 72-foot-long graphic score displayed in a museum and accompanied by no instructions for its interpretation. Applebaum is also an accomplished jazz pianist and builds electroacoustic sound-sculptures out of junk, hardware, and found objects. At Stanford, Applebaum is the founding director of [sic]—the Stanford Improvisation Collective. He serves on the board of Other Minds and as a trustee of Carleton College.

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Kronos Quartet

World Premiere

March 30, 2019

Kronos Festival 2019

SFJAZZ / San Francisco, California More Info