MARC LOWENSTEIN is a composer, conductor, singer, and teacher. He has written one full-length opera based on the movie The Fisher King and was one of the six principal composers of Hopscotch. He is completing a family opera, The Little Bear, and he has written several other vocal works, including this for Jodie Landau and wildUp, released on Bedroom Community.
He is Music Director of The Industry and with them has been Music Director for Crescent City, Invisible Cities, In C, and Hopscotch. He also conducts the Gurrisonic jazz orchestra and has a deep interest in cross-genre and cross-cultural musical styles and avoids the word “musics” in favor of the word “music.” He has been Music Director for several opera premieres including John King’s Dice Thrown, and the American premieres of Georges Aperghis’ L’Origine des Espèces, Veronica Krausas’ The Immortal Thoughts of Lady MacBeth, Stephen Oliver’s Peach Blossom Fan, and R. Murray Schafer’s Loving.
He has sung about 25 opera roles, including Madeline X in the premiere of Richard Foreman / Michael Gordon’s What to Wear, and has been active as a performer of contemporary vocal music, singing at the Ojai Festival and on the Monday Evening Concerts series. He has been called a “terrific singer” and an “excellent conductor” by the Los Angeles Times and an “assured conductor” by The New York Times, and his music has been described as “raptly lyrical” by The New Yorker.
Marc holds the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Music Composition in the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, where he has taught for 20 years.