About the Artist
Trumpeter/composer Mark Tipton has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, Michigan, Ohio, and Maine. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Mannes College of Music (NYC). He has performed with such artists as Ray Barretto, Vassar Clements, JoAnn Falletta, Yves Abel, John Williams, Quincy Jones, David Liebman, Bobby McFerrin, Vince Giordano, Reverend Billy, and Maria Schneider, and in Maine with the Portland Brass Quintet, PORTopera, Portland Ballet, Rustic Overtones, and the Colby Orchestra.
Mark founded Les Sorciers Perdus (“The Lost Wizards”), a pan-genre musical ensemble, in 2009, and serves as its director and primary composer. Current personnel includes: guitarist Ryan Blotnick, bassist Tyler Heydolph, percussionist Beau Lisy, and Mark on trumpet. LSP frequently includes guest performers such as guitarist Don Pride, cellist Benjamin Noyes, saxophonist Tracy McMullen, pianist Peter Dugas, poet/speaker Alan Brooks, drummer Peter McLaughlin, and flautist Carl Dimow.
LSP released their debut CD, “Alchemist’s Dream” in March of 2017. The album is dedicated to the memory of the group’s founding bassist, the late Chris Sprague, and was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. LSP primarily presents public performances of compositions by Mark Tipton, including original silent film scores, jazz works, contemporary chamber music pieces, performance art installations, and arrangements of World Folk Music. LSP also presents educational workshops in schools and through all-ages community forums.
Les Sorciers Perdus have performed at: SPACE Gallery, The Colonial Theatre, Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College, Given Auditorium at Colby College, Mayo Street Arts, One Longfellow Square, the Saco River Theatre, Blue, The Apohadion Theatre, First Parish and Woodford’s Church in Portland, and at private venues throughout Maine. Highlights in the ensemble’s 2017 schedule include: The 9th Annual Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, "Metropolis" at The Colonial Theatre in Belfast, "Sunrise" at The 20th Annual Maine International Film Festival at the Waterville Opera House, performances at the Eastport Arts Center and the Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival, "Nosferatu" at The Grand in Ellsworth, and a new jazz series at The Apohadion in Portland. LSP have been featured on MPBN radio and WCSH-6’s “Area Code 207” television show.
As a composer, Mark has written fourteen full-length silent film scores, works for orchestra and various chamber ensembles, jazz works for small groups and big band, brass ensemble and solo trumpet pieces, a ballet, and performance art installations. He currently teaches at Bowdoin College, The University of Maine at Orono, and the Ellsworth Community Music Institute. He served as Executive Director of the Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) for three years. He has also taught on the faculties of Colby College, PCM, and the USM School of Music, and has led music workshops at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, and community education centers throughout the state.
Preferred Audiences: All
Disciplines: Music, Chamber, Jazz, Solo, Performance, Composition, Instrumental, Festivals, Music, Performing Arts, Multi-Disciplinary