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Yamaha Artist Debuts Symphonic Band Piece

MarthaMooke“Collaborating with Martha on her work X-ING was an exhilarating and memorable experience!” – Gary Hill, Director of Bands at Arizona State University

Acclaimed for her electrifying performances, Yamaha Electric String Artist Martha Mooke has been defying stereotypes and breaking down boundaries throughout her career. X-ING, her debut work for Symphonic Band with electric viola solo, takes that to a new level.

Gary Hill and Chris Wilhelm of the Ridgewood Concert Band, co-commissioned X-ING. Hill summarized the experience as follows: "Martha Mooke is one of the most captivating musicians I've ever worked with! At once, she is a superb string pedagogue, an enthralling performer, and a composer in possession of an uncommon voice."

X-ING grew out of both band directors interest in featuring Ms. Mooke’s artistry on electric viola with effects processing and her idea of creating a score featuring improvised sections for ensemble members.

The success of X-ING led to a second band commission, Skandhas, by Dr. Matthew J. George and the University of St. Thomas (which premiered in March 2015) and an invitation to publish an article on X-ING in WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles).

George explains the impetus for the collaboration, “What impressed me most was the way she crosses over effortlessly between classical and rock and popular music and the people she shares the stage with. I knew immediately I wanted to offer our students and our community this unique experience."


About the Artist

Pioneering composer/electro-acoustic violist Ms. Mooke has carved a unique and coveted place in our cultural landscape, enhancing her classical training and expertise with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation.

She is a frequent collaborator of Philip Glass, has toured with Barbra Streisand and Andrea Bocelli, recorded and performed with David Bowie, Tony Bennett and Trey Anastasio, shared the stage with Lou Reed, Patti Smith and Peter Gabriel and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The David Letterman Show and The View. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP, including accolades for conceiving and producing the groundbreaking the new music showcase THRU THE WALLS.

Steve Smith declared in the The New York Times: "Martha Mooke, using electric violas and effects pedals, bridged the gap between Romantic virtuoso composer-performers like Paganini and Liszt and MIDI-based successors like Todd Reynolds and Zoe Keating."

To learn more about Martha Mooke, performance and commissioning opportunities: visit or contact .

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