Meet our artists:
Mark C. Henderson
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an interview with Mark from our August, 2004 "First Saturdays"
broadcast [6 min. interview, 2.3MB file]
Mark Henderson is
an innovative composer and an accomplished keyboard artist who has created
music for such diverse worlds as film, television, animation, musical
theatre, video, CD-ROMs and international trade conventions. And,
he has composed for a comprehensive clientele, running the gamut from
Steven Spielberg, Kenny Loggins and NBC News, to Reebok, Honda and Coca
Cola—not to mention those clever “Got Milk?” television
was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. He studied music
at California State University at Northridge, and graduated from The Groves
School Of Music where he received a degree in composition. Among
his earliest successes was the original score for Trap Door, which was
a Gold Award winner at the 1993 Houston Film Festival. He has also
scored the music for an animated film for the Smithsonian entitled Priscilla
the Proton, and wrote music for the children’s television production
Fire House Tales.
always been writing music for motion pictures in my mind, so to actually
score was a very natural step for me. And, having a canvas the size
of a motion picture, it allowed me to draw from my past musical experiences
and expand on the color and depth of musical instrumentation.”
has drawn the attention of top recording artists, including Kenny Loggins,
Melissa Manchester and Tiffany, who have included his work in their albums
and live performances. Additionally, Mark’s song “When
You Smile At Me,” was featured on the television series Santa Barbara,
and several other compositions have been included on The Sentinel series.
For over a decade, Mark has been resident composer for the nationally
acclaimed, award-winning Santa Barbara Access Theatre. He has composed
eleven musical productions, which have been staged at such prestigious
venues as Los Angeles’ James A. Doolittle Theatre and The Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C., as well as touring internationally.
His well- received shows include Storm Reading, Legend Of The Crystal
Waters and Leap.
In 1994, Mark partnered with Gregory Kuhn and formed Blazing Cactus
Music, a music house for television commercials and other musical projects.
Together, they wrote thirty songs and underscore for Steven Spielberg’s
DreamWorks Interactive premiere CD-ROM entitled, Someone’s In The
Kitchen!,” a joint venture with Bill Gates’ Microsoft; wrote
original songs and score for the Cloud 9 Interactive children’s
CD-ROM Nick And Nora In Troll Town; and, composed for Zoo Food With Grandpa
Nature, a children’s video featuring the voice of Jonathan Winters.
They created music and sound design for Honda, Southwestern Bell, UNOCAL,
MCI, Reebok, KNBC Television, Coca Cola and Intel Pentium Processor television
commercials, and well as the “Cereal Prize” and “Soda
Machine” installments of the humorous “Got Milk?”
At Blazing Cactus, Mark wrote the original theme song for Storyland Theme
Park in the Philippines, and the score for Hawaii’s Voyager Submarine
Ride. His challenges have also included multimedia and
industrial video work for Mead Paper and Motorola’s E-3 International
Conference in Switzerland.
In addition to Blazing
Cactus projects, Mark decided to follow a personal path, and pursue a
solo artist music career. His first CD, Music for the Movies in
Your Mind, is a blend of his keyboard talents and compositional skills
to make a very moving cinematic selection of songs.
Mark has vast experience and is highly regarded at musical composition,
arrangement and recording, utilizing the latest in digital sampling, digital
recording and synthesizer technology combined with live musicians.
is an integral component of a film’s foundation. This musical
foundation must support the characters, the arc of the story and the
director’s vision for telling it. My writing in diverse mediums
has allowed me a depth of experience to address a director’s specific
music needs for their production.”
Mark is a resident
of Santa Barbara, California.