Mark Eric Peterson

Mark Peterson is a musical director, world class bassist and composer. He has performed worldwide for heads of state, royalty, chart topping vocalists, music and film industry icons:
President Obama’s 1st Inaugural Ball
Special Concert in honor of the Duke and Dutchess of Capri
Danny Glover/Harlem Arts
Shakira
Cassandra Wilson*
Clark Terry
Matthew Whitaker
Cirque du Soleil
Jason Robert Brown
Joan Baez
DeeDee Bridgewater
Ornette Coleman
James “Blood” Ulmer**
Nick Cave
The BET Awards
Mavis Staples/The Staples Singers
The U.S. Department of State Ambassadors Program
NYIPLA
Aida
Oliver Lake
David Sanborn
Imelda Staunton
Melissa Errico
Mary Black
The Dubliners
Linda Twine
Hezekiah Walker
Lou Meyer (The Cosby Show)
Lizz Wright
Gloria Gaynor
Ben E. King
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Lyle Lovett
Maxime LeForrestier
Jean-Paul Bourelly
Shelby Lynne
As a session musician, Mark’s bass prowess can be heard on major motion picture soundtrack (“Mr. 3000,” starring comedian Bernie Mac) and several highly acclaimed documentaries, including “As Goes Janesville,” “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners+” and “Through the Lens Darkly.”  These documentaries have received special recognition at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and the Montclair Film Festival.   Mark’s first film as Chief Composer, “What we Fish For,” received rave reviews and a “Best Film” mention at the Blue Ocean Film Festival, 2016. As a bandleader/composer, Mark’s CD, “The Blue Room” (available on iTunes) was released to robust reviews and his band was the support act for saxophonist David Sanborn and vocalist DeeDee Bridgewater.
A graduate of St. Louis University, Mark received a bachelors degree in psychology with minors in music performance and French. He currently resides in New Jersey and is an active member of the NJ Film Commission, NJPAC and the Montclair Film Festival. He works tirelessly with fellow educators, artists, private sector and federal agencies, securing funding for the continuance of artistic programs. Recently, Mark has joined Harlem Arts Foundation, spearheaded by actor Danny Glover.
*“New Moon Daughter,” Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal; "Belly of the Sun,” Grammy nomination.
**”Memphis Blood - The Sun Sessions,” Grammy nomination for Best Blues Performance.
+2014 NAACP Image Award.

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