Edmonton singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and film maker Mark Korven was raised in Winnipeg and began playing guitar at the age of 12 eventually graduating to loud bar bands at by the age of 17. He soon grew tired of playing as loud as possible and discovered other forms of expression, first delving into progressive rock groups such as Genesis & King Crimson, then into 70's jazz fusion groups such as Return To Forever and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
He relocated to Edmonton in 1977 to begin formal music education at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton where he studied jazz arranging and composition, with guitar as principal instrument. It was around this time period that he began writing original, jazz fusion-based material.
BR> After completing music studies in the early 1980's, he became a "hired gun" guitarist freelancing around Edmonton for rock bands, wedding bands, country bands, avante guarde jazz groups, lounge acts, and an electrified Indian fusion group called the Kirana Orchestra with bassist George Koller.
He co-produced his debut album, 'Passengers', in 1984 for the Rave label. In 1985 Korven was co-winner of the annual David Foster songwriting contest with his song "Be Bop Tonight". 1986 saw his song "Clock On The Wall" make the finals in the annual K-97 Homegrown contest. The win and the song led to a deal with Stony Plain Records and the tune was released as a single.
After relocating to Toronto, Korven signed his eclectic brand of eccentric pop to the more suitable Duke Street Records and co-producer John Switzer (Jane Siberry) helped Korven shape his 1987 album 'Ordinary Man'.
The album led to a 'Most Promising Male Vocalist Of The Year' Juno nomination. Through Switzer, Korven moved away from solo performing and began scoring movie soundtracks beginning with Patricia Rozema's 'I Heard The Mermaids Singing' in 1989.
Korven then scored three documentaries followed by Rozema's 'White Room' in 1990 and 'Sam & Me'. In 1991 he completed work on the Sunrise Films feature 'New Man In' and John Pozer's 'The Grocer's Wife' which soon found himself experimenting with stop-motion animation. His first experiment was the 1992 four minute segment for his tune 'Madman On A Rooftop' which was the first single released from his own Radar Records album 'This Must Be The Place'. The video received a Golden Sheaf award nomination at the Yorkton Film Festival.
In 1993 Korven was nominated for 'Best Score' Genie Award for his work on 'The Grocer's Wife'. 1998 saw Korven scoring the critically acclaimed Canadian film 'Cube'.
Today Korven lives with his girlfriend, also a composer, in the Beaches area of Toronto. When he's not writing music he practices violin, Esraj (an Indian bowed instrument) and Erhu (a Chinese violin). He is also developing a screenplay entitled "Skinner's Box" with fellow musician Tony Duggan Smith (Pukka Orchestra).
With notes from Mark Korven and Riccardo Iancer
1986 Clock On The Wall/Be Bop Tonight (Stony Plain/RCA)
1987 Ordinary Man (Duke Street/MCA)
1992 Madman On A Rooftop (Radar)
1984 Passengers (Rave)
1987 Ordinary Man (Duke Street)
1992 This Must Be The Place (Radar)
1987 Ordinary Man
1992 Madman On A Rooftop
1986 "Clock On The Wall" on 'K-97 Homegrown' (K-97) - compilation
1991 Gemini Award nomination for 'Between 2 Worlds'
1991 Genie Award nomination for 'White Room' (Best Score)
1991 Genie Award nomination for 'Hello, I Am Nobody' (Best Song)
1991 Genie Award nomination for 'Certain Slant Of Light' (Best Song)
1992 Gemini Award nomination for 'Grand Larceny'
1992 Genie Award nomination for 'The Grocer's Wife'
1994 Gemini Award nomination for 'The Lucky Ones'
1994 Genie Award nomination for 'Henry & Verlin'
1995 Genie Award nomination for 'The Michelle Apartments'
1995 Hot Docs nomination for 'The Tenure of Dr. Fabrikant'
1996 Hot Docs nomination for 'Summer In The Cherry Orchard'
1997 Gemini Award nomination for 'Summer In The Cherry Orchard'
1998 Gemini Award nomination for 'A Scattering Of Seeds'
1998 Gemini Award nomination for 'Before Their Time'
1999 Gemini Award nomination for 'A Scattering Of Seeds 2'
1999 Gemini Award nomination for 'Win Again!'
1999 Genie award nomination for 'Cube'
1999 Hot Docs nomination for 'Before Their Time'
2000 Gemini Award nomination for 'The Sheldon Kennedy Story'
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