Mark Whitecage: Free Music with Purpose
“Europe is still a bastion for creative music,” he emphasizes. “I’m going over with The Nu Band (Roy Campbell Jr., Joe Fonda, Lou Grassi and myself) in January, 2005, but it hasn’t been easy for the trio. I had to stop doing it, I lost money on the last trip, and I couldn’t afford to lose anymore, so we’ve done other things. We’re working on it, but it makes me angry.”
But despite the hurdles that have been placed in the way due to the current political climate, and the marginalization of jazz from being a popular music to a niche market, Whitecage is positive about the future. He is busy writing and painting, and is looking into releasing DVDs where he can better integrate both art forms. He is involved in numerous projects including Rozanne Levine’s New Reed Quartet, his own new group, the experimental Hudson Bay Explorer’s Club and, of course, the trio with Duval and Rosen. With an insatiable hunger for artistic development, there is clearly a lot more to be heard from Mark Whitecage.
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