Thanks to award winning New Hampshire Artist Craig Pursley who has created an entire art show of 38 paintings, each inspired by a different piece of McKenzie movie music. That show will run from February 7th – March 7th at the Tirage Art Gallery in PASADENA. If you are around, plan to visit opening day, Saturday February 7th. Craig will paint a portrait from 2-5PM of Mark and discuss his work. The Open house that both Craig and Mark will attend is from 5-7PM. To see each painting and the music piece that inspired it, visit “Circle of Inspiration.”
10.14.13 Rochester Post Bulletin written by Tom Weber
“…McKenzie is returning to Lake City, MN to perform, for the first time, a solo piano concert Sept. 25 at the Lincoln High School auditorium…But why now, after all these years? That answer came from one of McKenzie’s partners on a recent project: Paul McCartney. McKenzie and McCartney worked together recently at Abbey Road studios in London on McCartney’s “Music of the Spheres”symphonic suite for the new game “Destiny.”
During a break in recording, McCartney told McKenzie he likes nothing better than sharing his music with people.
Shortly afterward, McKenzie said, “I woke up with the thought that music is for sharing.I’ve never had a performer’s temperament, but you start to realize this isn’t about me. Hopefully, it will be an evening of sharing music.”
So now McKenzie is ready to get back to where he once belonged.
For the concert, McKenzie will play selections from his movies in their original piano-only form. Then, he’ll play a scene from the movie, with the same basic tune now in its orchestrated version.
The concert will open with music from “Dances with Wolves,” the first film on which the classically-music trained McKenzie worked. “It changed my mind about music in general,” he said of that experience. “I’ve tried to focus my career on writing beautiful music.”
McKenzie started piano lessons in Lake City, and also took lessons in Rochester. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, then did his master’s and doctorate at the University of Southern California.
As part of the concert, McKenzie wants to pay tribute to his music teachers in Lake City, share life lessons he’s learned and plans to end with a question-and-answer session.
“I’ll answer things like, ‘What was Paul McCartney like?'” he said.
Well, what was he like?
“You know,” McKenzie said, “I’ve worked with a lot of movie stars. My anticipation was that he would be aloof and guarded. But when he walked in the room it was like an old buddy walked in. There was not one iota of ‘Look at me, I’m a star.’ I came home so inspired by his humility, his love for people.”
That inspiration is what McKenzie hopes to draw upon for his first solo piano concert.”
12.09.13 MCKENZIE #1 in SCOREKEEPER LIST OF COMPOSERS WHO SHOULD BE SCORING MORE MOVIES
In a relatively short period of time, McKenzie has quietly established himself as a master symphonist with a profound sense of drama…His penchant for piquant melodies and the kaleidoscopic ways he dresses them sets this talented composer apart from his contemporaries. He is one of the best dramatists working today and an exemplar of the powerful force behind music in films. SCORE KEEPER ARTICLE (Picture by Daniel Sanchez)
10.14.13 MARK MCKENZIE RADIO INTERVIEW
Thank you to WGWG radio and Noel T. Manning for this in-depth discussion about “The Ultimate LIfe” music, Mark’s childhood in a small town (Lake City, MN) beginnings of a career, work process, Michael Landon Jr, John Barry, Paul McCartney, Jerry Goldsmith, and much more: WGWG RADIO
08.19.13 THE ULTIMATE LIFE SOUNDTRACK
Mark McKenzie is honored to have Varese Saraband release the music to THE ULTIMATE LIFE. This beautiful combination of thematic symphonic and southern blue grass will encourage and warm the hearts of music lovers. Varese Saraband or iTunes