Right Brain: Mark Jeffery
People often ask Mark Jeffery how he came to the unlikely academic mix of music and a physics degree.”I took the courses that came easiest for me,” he says. “I can only conclude the ‘path of least resistance theory’ does, in fact, extend beyond physics and into life’s decisions.”His first love, musically speaking, is playing the bass and trombone in a small jazz combo. It’s the freedom of improvising a solo combined with the spontaneous interactions of the other musicians during a live gig that really gets him going.He founded and manages the Summit Jazz Consort and has been the conductor of the Summit Concert Band and Summit Community Orchestra. He says conducting is different than being a musician, because from the podium a conductor has little control over the individual notes; instead he has a broad brush influence over the stylistic and interpretive components.Ten years ago, his “tech head geek” passions began to blossom. The recording, mixing and audio system design aspect of music became his “day job” as owner of Custom Audio Design in Silverthorne. Though he sees that audio engineering is distant from the pure creation of the music, he believes it’s essential for the re-creation in a person’s home or car.Dreams
I’m living my dream.Why play music?Playing music is good for the soul. ChallengeThe biggest challenge is not giving up when you don’t progress as fast as you want.
AccomplishmentOne very rewarding project was the 2001 debut of “Gold and Brimstone” at the Breckenridge Film Festival. This 90-minute documentary of the Colorado gold rush as seen though the eyes Father John Dyer allowed me to draw upon many areas of my art. I worked as the music supervisor and sound engineer, and the producer gave me an opportunity to select the music and the musicians, compose original scores, arrange traditional folk songs, record, mix and edit all of the music, voice-overs and sound effects. Wow. It was fun! How I stay freshI put a project away, then come back later. When I’m not doing art? I ski and fly-fish.
Mark JefferyArt: Music – performance, conducting, recording, mixing, audio system designPersonality: ExtrovertCreate mostly: With othersHours per week: 30Favorite artist: Gustav MahlerSensitivity, on a scale of 1-10: 6
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