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mark ferguson

I am a composer, arranger, songwriter, pianist and musical director, based in Adelaide, South Australia.  I studied jazz, and it is probably the foundation of my approach to everything but I have spent the last 20+ years playing and writing music in genres from Gospel to Latin and Celtic Folk to Cabaret.

Writing is probably my main love and I have been fortunate enough to have been commissioned to compose and arrange music for organisations such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the SA Primary Schools Music Festival and the SA Youth Jazz Superbands.

Working alongside singers has been another constant in my career.  More recently this has grown into MD’ing shows and arranging and/or co-composing music with many of these singers. In November 2013 I arranged most of Johanna Allen’s new show which we played at Slide in Sydney and Dizzy’s in Melbourne. I also spent much of 2013 working with Amity Dry on the musical Mother Wife and the Complicated Life, co-composing the music, MD’ing the show for our Australian seasons (at Chapel Off Chapel and the Seymour Centre), and assistant  MD’ing the show in New York City—where I also conducted and played piano for the season. A few years ago I MD’d Irish Cabaret star’s season at the Sydney Opera House, and I also toured as pianist with her playing at the Auckland and Perth Festivals, the Powerhouse in Brisbane and the Spiegeltent in Sydney. I have also recorded two albums with Libby O’Donovan and another with Lee McAllistair.

When I can, I write new music for my bands Marmalade Circus, Marmalade Trio and my eponymous trio. However, the chart-hungry Afro-Latin-Jazz ensemble I direct at the University of Adelaide gets more of my writing hours—but thankfully many of these new charts end up, with revisions, in Marmalade Circus or in Big Band format.

I’m always on the lookout for new commissions so if you have a project (and to be honest, some sort of budget…) please get in contact with me.