It's a Musical Life
Mark Bloom graduated with a BFA in Theater Arts from the university of Minnesota, before getting what he calls his “real” experience. Since that time he has become an accomplished pianist, arranger, bandleader, stage and musical director, producer, inspirational service leader, composer and performing artist.
Mark has produced hundreds of scores for stage & film. He performs solo and with his Marquis Trio at nightclubs and restaurants, along with his bands, Marquis and NuMarq17. He has composed, arranged, and accompanied many performers, from Cynthia “Funkytown” Johnson to numerous nationally known contemporary Jewish performers. Mark continues to serve sacred communities across North America as musical scholar in residence.
Mark has produced performances and recordings for artists including the late Joan Rivers, Peter Himmelman, Second City and Israeli superstars Noa and Gil Dor. His original music and sound scores have been heard at many theaters including the Guthrie, Cricket, Illusion, New Classic and History Theater.
Mark and his wife Wendy live just outside Minneapolis, MN. They have two grown daughters, Allison(30) and Jenna (25).
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 is 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.