This past year Mark Wolf has enjoyed performances of his music across the globe. Most recently the winner of the ICon Arts International Composition Competition, Mark was a Composer-in-Residence at the 2015 ICon Arts Contemporary Music Festival in Romania. Other recent performances include, Umbra-Penumbra-Antumbra performed by Kupka’s Piano at the Imperial Room Wynnum. The premiere of Miniature Structure No. 2, a bassoon solo for Devon Yasamune Toyotomi as part of the Vox Novus Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame Composer Competition performed in both New Jersey and New York City and “In 4”, a collaborative composition involving forty international composers curated by the Sydney based Music Box Project. His concert music has received recognition through commissions by the 2014 soundSCAPE Festival, the British Harpsichord Society, Clarinetist Ona Cardona, The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize premiered at venues including Handel House London, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the National Portrait Gallery as well as a commission from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2009 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program. Mark is a graduate scholar of the Royal College of Music Masters Composition Programme and is currently the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, undertaking his PhD candidature at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
LISTEN: Umbra-Penumbra-Antumbra for vibraphone and crotales
The umbra, penumbra and antumbra are the names given to three distinct parts of a shadow, created by any light source. In the case of this piece the light source is the sun and the occluding body is planet Earth as observed from the moon. In the umbra sunlight is completely obscured by planet Earth. The penumbra is the region in which only a portion of sunlight is obscured by the occluding planet Earth. The antumbra is the region from which planet Earth appears entirely contained within the disc of the Sun. Composed for solo vibraphone, Umbra-Penumbra-Antumbra is one complete movement in three distinct sections in accordance to the three parts of shadow.