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:

Friday, March 23 2018 7:00 PM
Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline in West Oakland. Exact locale given to those who sign up.]
Duck Baker solo guitar and 4 course gourmet vegan menu.

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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...
Thursday, April 19 2018 7:30 PM
Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa Six : Cosmicomics 2018
Bookstore Salon #1
new music for jazz sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the origins of the universe developed this year in a series of salons at Bird & Beckett Books & Records

Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums  More...
Sunday, April 22 2018 7:30 PM
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 PM Ian Carey Ensemble
Steve Adams - saxophone, Lisa Mezzacappa - double bass, Jason Levis - drums, Mark Clifford - vibes
Ian Carey is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor, who “asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” (Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz)
8:30 PM Unbound free-jazz world fusion music
Marc Schmitz - vocals, guitar, Dave Mihaly - drums, Lin Shi - vocals, keyboard, Shuxin Meng - pipa  More...
Wednesday, May 9 2018 9:00 PM
Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Richmond-based saxophonist/composer Rent Romus concludes his Ivy Hoot mini-residency (and the Ivy concludes the Hoot altogether) featuring the Life's Blood Ensemble with fellow seeker Vinny Golia.  More...