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:

Wednesday, September 26 2018 9:00 PM
Elbo Room Jack London Square [311 Broadway Oakland]
Jordan Glenn's BEAK (Album Release), Bad Luck (Seattle), Grex

Grex: Karl Evangelista-guitar, voice, percussion, Rei Scampavia-keys, voice, percussion

Bad Luck: Neil Welch-saxophone, live electronics, Chris Icasiano-drums

Jordan Glenn's BEAK: Jordan Glenn-conductor, Geneva Harrison-drums, Max Judelson-bass, Robert Lopez, Bob LaDue-percussion, Tim DeCillis, Mark Clifford-vibes/percussion, Brett Carson-keys, Karl Evangelista-guitar

An absolutely incendiary night of wild sounds, swooning melodies, and knee-rattling rhythms, featuring a set of improbable new music from Oakland art rock band Grex, a special visit with the crushing Seattle sax/drums/electronic duo Bad Luck, and an album release performance from Jordan Glenn’s all-star BEAK.  More...
Sunday, September 30 2018 12:00 PM
Herbst Theatre [401 Van Ness Ave SF]
Listen local at the eleventh annual SF Music Day, the Bay Area’s free daylong music festival in downtown San Francisco, presented by InterMusic SF. SF Music Day showcases the dynamism and diversity of Bay Area music, from string quartets to jazz combos, new music pioneers to chamber groups steeped in musical sounds from across the globe.  More...
Wednesday, October 3 2018 8:00 PM
Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Scott Amendola’s Orchestra di Pazzi  More...
Friday, October 12 2018 9:00 PM
Woods Bar and Brewery [1701 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
The Lost Shapes  More...
CDs on which Mark Clifford appears:
Jordan Glenn BEAK
Artist: Jordan Glenn
Title: BEAK
Label: Geomancy Records
Label page on this site: Geomancy Records
Geomancy Records