Mark Viggiani is a classical and contemporary guitarist and composer. He performs widely as a soloist and in various groups. His elegantly titled compositions, inspired by nature and spirituality have been performed by various groups, including Z.O.O. Duo and new music ensemble Sonance.
Mark Viggiani studied both classical and contemporary guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts with Peter Lynch and Michael Doyle, graduating with a Diploma of Arts (Music) in 1990. To this was added a Licentiate of Music in Classical Guitar in 1992. since then he has performed regularly in a variety of settings and developed compositional skills.
In 1990 Mark co-founded the contemporary improvisation ensemble Sonance, in which he was a composer and performer. Sonance received funding from the Australia Arts Council, presenting concerts at the C.U.B. Malthouse and the Elm St. Hall, and was also recorded by the ABC.
In 1995 Mark formed a duo with percussionist Steve Falk to play original repertoire. As a solo guitarist he also gives regular concerts performing original pieces with a strong improvisational content. Mark is also currently a member of the Jenny Gare Jazz Quartet.
In addition to performing Mark is also a prolific composer. Of his many works for guitar, the duet Black Cat Tango is currently being performed by Z.O.O. Duo, Peter Constant and Marion Schaap. It has been recorded on their recently released CD A Sympathetic Resonance.
Mark has recorded a selection of his own original compositions on a CD released by Move Records. Entitled The Rainmaker, it received high praise from critics both within Australia and overseas.
Compositions by Mark Viggiani appear on
Peter Constant plays classical guitar music by Australian composers. With Marion Schaap (guitar), Mardi McSullea (flute) and Helen Noonan (soprano).
Mark Viggiani also appears on
On their first disc for Move, titlewave, Loco Tempo (vocalist Colleen Hunt and pianist/arranger Rick Freeman) are joined by a first-rate jazz combo - including guitarist Mark Viggiani and trombonist Jordan Murray - in a collection of standards chosen because of their timeless quality.
From Jazz to Celtic, Middle Eastern folk to contemporary Classical, ambience to the tango The Rainmaker brings together an eclectic range of influences.