Mark Nauseef

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  • Over forty years of international concert tours, numerous recordings in Europe, Asia and the USA, and hands-on research of Indonesian, Indian and African music are some of the main elements which have influenced the work of American born Mark Nauseef.
  • Mark has performed and/or recorded in an unusually wide variety of musical situations with such artists as, amongst others, Joachim Kühn, Jack Bruce, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Trilok Gurtu, Steve Swallow, L.Shankar, Hamza El Din, The Velvet Underground, Ronnie James Dio, Markus Stockhausen, Gary Moore, Kyai Kunbul (Javanese Gamelan), Andy Summers, Ian Gillan, Tony Oxley, Tomasz Stanko, Kenny Wheeler, Edward Vesala's "Sound and Fury", Thelma Houston, David Torn, The Ladzekpo Brothers (Ghanaian music and dance), Charlie Mariano, The Gamelan Orchestra of Saba (Balinese Gamelan), Kudsi Erguner, Philip Lynott, George Lewis, Evan Parker and Lou Harrison.
  • Nauseef attended the California Institute Of The Arts (CalArts) where he studied Javanese Gamelan with K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat, Balinese Gamelan with I. Nyoman Wenten, North Indian Pakhawaj drumming with Pandit Taranath Rao, North Indian music theory with Pandit Amiya Dasgupta, Ghanaian drumming and dance with Kobla and Alfred Ladzekpo, Dzidzorgbe Lawluvi and C.K. Ganyo, and 20th Century Western percussion techniques and hand drumming with John Bergamo. Mark also studied frame drum techniques of the Middle East, India and the Caucasus with Glen Velez.

  • Nauseef has also worked as a producer. In addition to his own recordings, he has produced many records of various types of music including modern experimental forms as well as traditional forms. Traditional music productions include numerous recordings of traditional Balinese and Javanese music.
  • DOWN BEAT magazine has called his recordings "mysteriously moving, thoroughly personal and boundary mocking."


  • Arcana V: Musicians on Music, Magic & Mysticism, Hips Road: New York (ISBN 0978833791), Edited by John Zorn with writings by Meredith Monk, Fred Frith, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, Gavin Bryars, a.o., 2010
  • The Drum and Percussion Cookbook: Creative Recipes for Players and Teachers, Meredith Music / Hal Leonard (ISBN 1574631012), Edited by Rick Mattingly with writings by Peter Erskine, Bill Bruford, Valerie Dee Naranjo, Anthony Cirone, Robin Engelman, Bill Cahn, She-e Wu, John Beck, Glenn Kotche, a.o., 2008
  • Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas, Inner Traditions (ISBN 0892819138) by Claudia Müller-Ebeling, Christian Rätsch and Surendra Bahadur Shahi, 2002
  • Practicing and Making Music...Without Your Instrument, Published in The Percussive Arts Society journal PERCUSSIVE NOTES (Oct. 1992)
  • Music Practice as Meditation, Published in The Percussive Arts Society journal PERCUSSIVE NOTES (Feb. 2007)