It's a Musical Life
Mark Bloom graduated with a theater degree from the University of Minnesota, before getting what he calls his "real" experience. Since that time, he has become an accomplished pianist, bandleader, stage and musical director, producer, interpretational service leader, composer and performing artist.
Mark has produced hundreds of scores for stage and film. He frequently performs nightclub and session
work including over 50 dates annually with his wedding/corporate event band Marquis, and world music group Kavanessence. He has composed, arranged, and accompanied for many performers including Rabbi Joe Black, Doug Colter, Ron Eliran, Danny Maseng, Peri Smilow and Bat-ella.
Arranging, composing and producing music has brought notoriety to Mark. He has been a musical coordinator and director for Joan Rivers, produced concerts featuring Noa and Gil Dor, Peter Himmelman and Second City, as well as composed and arranged for theaters including The Guthrie, The Illusion, The Great American History Theater and New Classic Theater.
Mark and his wife Wendy live just outside Minneapolis, MN. They have two grown daughters, Allison(24) and Jenna (20).
Friday Night Jazz
Celebrating Jewish Culture
In 1990 Mark took on the task of arranging a Friday evening Shabbat service with jazz orchestrations. The outcome of his Jazz Shabbat Service was a spirited and reverent mix of traditional Jewish melodies into modern rhythms and harmonies.
Long time associate, Rabbi Joe Black believes Bloom's jazz service works well because of how jazz compliments worship. "Jazz music has a fixed form that is played by the group, while at the same time each musician takes the music and makes it his own," Black explains. "The same is true with prayer. Prayer is a combination of Keva, the written word, and Kavannah, the spiritual dimension of each individual. Mark's Jazz Shabbat Service combines aspects of the service with music that melds with prayer."
Three times nominated for the American Jewish Song Festival, Mark has produced his acclaimed Jazz Shabbat and Nefesh Newsach Service at over 75 congregations across North America. He is a regularly featured performer at the URJ Biennial, newCAJE and Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival, and frequently conducts workshops and learning sessions while serving as composer/artist in residence at congregations, schools and camps nation wide.