“A moody wash of woodwinds and percussion… the audience sat in a virtual force field”
- Los Angeles Times
“Lush, warm... music that soars lyrically.”
-San Diego Union
“A ravishingly original score” -Variety
“Mark Attebery’s powerful score resonates thrillingly, vividly etching the struggle between society’s bindings and inner longings.”
"Music of primal intensity and heartfelt emotion."
-KPBS-FM San Diego
photo: Chela Crinnion
Cactus On Mars with the Mark Attebery Ensemble
This CD features music for ballet & modern dance commissioned by California choreographers. It includes an eclectic array of instruments: triple-chambered ocarinas, bamboo bass flute, Lakota cedar flute, Renaissance flutes, recorders plus conventional classical winds & percussion.
Included on the CD is The Emperor and the Nightingale, a ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen story. An emperor obsesses over a beautiful nightingale’s song. An infatuation with a mechanical bird plunges him into a deathly struggle with forces symbolized by the two birds. Chinese instruments and western classical winds engage in battle with modern electronica.
The Attebery Ensemble also performs excerpts from Stan's Retreat for woodwinds, mallet percussion, soprano voice and string bass. Rounding out this CD of dance works is Departure of the Youngsters, a dark soundscape performed on experimental clay winds.
Cactus On Mars is available at or CDBaby. Visit these sites to hear sample tracks or purchase the CD...and Thanks!
Terra Cotta with the Burnt Earth Ensemble
This recording features an ensemble performing entirely on clay instruments. Mark Attebery is featured on ceramic flutes and triple-chambered ocarinas accompanied by clay Udu drums, ceramic didgeridoos and more. Check out sample tracks and purchase this CD at: Terra Cotta
From Mud to Music by Barry Hall
From Mud to Music is a stunning book and CD chronicling clay musical instruments: from ancient to modern, from cultures around the world, the people who make them and musicians who play them. Mark Attebery's music is included on the accompanying CD. For more information check out: From Mud to Music