6/3/14 - Phonochrome's premier of Infrared was a huge success, resulting in positive reviews in the San Francisco Classical Voice. Journalist Jeff Dunn had this to say about the new work - "Polystylistic and shape-shifting, Mark Ackerley's Infrared was an eight minute mix of Shubertiad and slash-film soundtrack, among other quirky and thoroughly entertaining twists." Read the full article here!
5/19/14 - Agony/Ecstasy has made it to the semi-finalist round of the American Prize: Orchestral Composition Division. Finalist will be announced in June, and prize winners in August. Click to listen to Agony/Ecstasy!
5/14/14 - At the end of June, I will attend the Oregon Bach Festival to workshop my latest piece, Infrared. The piece will be professionally recorded, and performed at various concerts throughout the year. More details will be posted shortly!
3/27/14 - TKO, for String Quartet has won the Zvi Zeitlin International Composition Competition, North America Region! The work will be performed by East Coast new music collective Cuatro Puntos.
3/1/14 - Phonochrome is a Bay Area collective focused on chamber music. The group has recently commissioned me to write a companion piece to George Crumb's Vox Balaenae. My piece (entitled Infrared) will explore the idea of transitioning from visible light to invisible light; thus Infrared travels from the logical world of what is seen, to the mysterious and unseen world of the subconscious. This piece will be debuted on May 29th, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.
1/2/14 - New year, new recordings. Pianist extraordinaire Christine McLeavey Paine performs Scherzo No.2 and Scherzo No.3. Enjoy!
11/1/13 - Today, Friction Quartet premiered my new work for string quartet entitled "TKO" which received positive reviews in the Examiner. Check out the music here!
10/17/13 - The Transcendent Pathways 2013 Inaugural Concert was a huge success, with over 200 people in attendance including members of the press! Read the article published in the Examiner here, and be sure to check out the orchestral premier of Agony/Ecstasy!
8/15/13 - Transcendent Pathways is a new Bay Area concert series founded on the simple belief that music, when performed live to a receptive audience, can have a therapeutic and healing effect. The inaugural concert will take place on 10/7/13 8p at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. More information can be found here.