Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Mark Clifford
vibraphonist, composer, and percussionist
Mark Clifford is a vibraphonist, composer, and percussionist living in Oakland, CA. A sought after performer and improviser, Mark is equally involved in free improvisation, new music, jazz, and indie music, and is a part of multiple projects in the Bay Area and around the country.

His performance experience spans worldwide, and he has had the honor of playing alongside an array of wonderful musicians including Tatsuya Nakatani, Jeff Parker, Wu Fei, Moe! Staiano, Ron Miles, So Percussion, Scott Amendola, Aram Shelton, Greg Gizbert, Paul Riola, Danny Meyer, Colin Stranahan, Paul Romaine, and Josh Berman.

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2009, Mark has recieved multiple commissions for new music , including music for the New Keys Ensemble, Samantha Stone's Dance Company, and an original score for the short film Sprinkles.

Mark is currently looking forward to releasing 6 different albums in the coming year with various projects that have been in the works for a long time, and has started work on a full length album with his own project, The Dirty Snacks Ensemble

Mark Graduated with a B.M. in classical percussion performance from the Lamont School of Music, where he studied Percussion under CSO master percussionist John Kinzie, and Jazz theory and composition under pianist Eric Gunnison. Mark has also had the honor of studying percussion and marimba at Japan's Nagoya University with Tomomi Sugo, and has been lucky enough to study vibraphone with two of his greatest heroes, Steve Nelson and Matt Moran.
Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 18 2018 9:00 PM
Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Grex & Two Aerials

An evening of cutting-edge Bay Area sounds and songs, featuring incendiary art rock duo Grex and indie/experimental band Two Aerials.

In biological terms, a “grex” is an entity composed of several smaller organisms. Grex (the band) explores the meeting point between the raw power of psychedelia, garage rock, and industrial hip-hop and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz. Grex features Karl Evangelista & Rei Scampavia.

Two Aerials (Crystal Pascucci + Mark Clifford, w/Brett Carson & Jordan Glenn) features song-based, rhythmic compositions with voice, cello, vibraphone, and electronic underpinnings. The band’s sweet, complex song structures embody many genres of musical expression with ease.  More...
Saturday, January 27 2018 7:30 PM
Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
The Lost Shapes

Kasey Knudsen - alto sax
Darren Johnston - trumpet
Mark Clifford - vibraphone
Safa Shokrai - bass
Jason Levis - drums  More...
Sunday, January 28 2018 1:00 PM
Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Wednesday, February 21 2018 9:00 PM
Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Richmond-based saxophonist/composer Rent Romus commences a three-month mini-residency featuring his Life's Blood Ensemble celebrating the release of their new recording Rogue Star.  More...
Wednesday, April 11 2018 9:00 PM
Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Richmond-based saxophonist/composer Rent Romus continues a three-month mini-residency featuring his Life's Blood Ensemble recreating their 2017 release Rising Colossus.  More...