composer & multi-instrumentalist
Mark Frederick Thorvald Gurrola (b. 1993) is a musician from Lubbock, Texas. Drawing inspiration from text and other art mediums, his compositions often reflect or depict nonmusical subjects - such as recipes, puzzles, rituals, poetry, fables, and cats. Mark’s chamber, film, and electronic works have been performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has been played by pianist Eunmi Ko, Yarn/Wire ensemble, and String Noise duo. He has participated in Dot the Line New Music Festival, Keep Composers Weird Residency, Yarn/Wire Institute, Breath Mark Retreat, Fusion Film Scoring Workshop, SCI Region XI Conference, Terroir New Music Series and Space City New Music Festival.
Being a multi-instrumentalist, Mark has performed on piano, trumpet, harp, accordion, and conducting. He has experience in a variety of genres - ranging from vernacular, Celtic, Balkan, and Ceili bands, to chamber ensembles, improvisational ensembles, jazz and Symphonic bands, Orchestras, and musicals. Mark has performed at the Keep Composers Weird 2019 Residency, and 2018 Yarn/Wire Institute.
Mark has a Master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of South Florida and a Bachelors in Music Composition from Texas Tech University. His principal composition teachers are Dr. Mei-Fang Lin, Dr. Baljinder Sekhon, Dr. Peter Fischer, and Mr. Paul Reller. Mark served as the 2017-2018 president and treasurer of the USF New Music Consortium. He is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc.
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Mark Frederick Thorvald Gurrola (b. 1993) is an active composer and multi-instrumentalist. He recently received a Master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of South Florida under the instruction of Dr. Baljinder Sekhon and Mr. Paul Reller, and holds a Bachelors in Music Composition from Texas Tech University under the direction of Dr. Mei-Fang Lin and Dr. Peter Fischer. Mark draws inspiration from nature and other art forms, such as literature, poetry, photography, and cats.
Mark is a member of Society of Composers, Inc.: http://www.societyofcomposers.org/members/MarkGurrola/