Clarinetist Mark Dover has always maintained firm roots in classical music, while at the same time devoting his career to searching as deeply as he can into the vast world of improvised music. In January of 2016, Dover joined the Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds. With Imani Winds he maintains a busy touring schedule as well as multiple residencies over the past few seasons at such schools as University of Chicago, where the group was Ensemble-In-Residence from 2016-2018, Mannes School of Music, and Duke University. Past season highlights include giving the 2018 world premier of Valerie Coleman’s Concerto “Phenomenal Women,” written for Imani Winds with the American Composers Orchestra under George Manahan at Carnegie Hall, as well performances in 2019 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano, and the Albany Symphony under David Alan Miller.
Recent collaborations both with Imani Winds and as a featured artist include the pianists Stephen Hough, Gil Kalish, Fabio Bidini, Jon Nakamatsu, and Alpin Hong, violinists Caroline Goulding, Alexi Kenney, and Francesca de Pasquale, and violinist Brendan Speltz and cellist Brook Speltz of the Escher String Quartet. Recent masterclasses include Manhattan School of Music, The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Mark has performed with The Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, The Cleveland Orchestra under David Zinman at The Kent/Blossom Festival, numerous times with The New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and various other symphony and chamber orchestras throughout the Northeast, as well as numerous Broadway and Off Broadway Productions. He is currently the clarinetist of the Manhattan Chamber Players. Mark also serves on the clarinet faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts as well as CUNY Queens College at the Aaron Copland School of Music.
In addition to his work in the classical world, Mark has an extensive background in jazz and improvised music. He formed the multi-genre duo Port Mande with pianist/producer Jeremy Jordan in 2017. Their debut EP “Is This Loss” is due for release in July of 2020. Mark is a frequent collaborator with Vulfpeck, an American funk band formed in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. His playing and arrangement can be heard on their acclaimed album “Thrill of the Arts.” In September 2019 Dover performed with Vulfpeck to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden. He has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz, pop, and soul musicians, including Edward Simon, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, David Binney, Bernard Purdie, Cyrille Aimée, Darren Criss, Theo Katzman, Joey Dosik, Dave Malloy, Phillipa Soo, Stephen Pasquale, Michael Thurber, Charles Yang and many more. He can be heard on the Broadway Cast Recording of “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.” A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Mark received his Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. His major teachers include David Krakauer, Deborah Chodacki, Nathan Williams, and Jay DeVries.
Imani Winds Quintet Warms Up a Frigid Evening – Washington Post
Review: Julia Bullock at Met Museum – New York Times
Imani Winds at Philadelphia Chamber Music Society – Philadelphia Inquirer
‘Thrill of the Arts’ by Vulfpeck Review – Wall Street Journal
In Review: Adam Tendler and Tenth Intervention – National Sawdust
A musical ‘Three Musketeers’ worthy of Dumas – Boston Globe
Die Verschworenen – Opera News
Chamber Music Northwest review: winds of change – Oregon ArtsWatch
Port Mande is the collaborative partnership between clarinetist Mark Dover and pianist/producer Jeremy Jordan. It is a partnership based on their likeminded approach to music making, embracing many different genres of music, from classical, to jazz, gospel, hip hop, electronic, gospel and more.