Mark Van Overmeire - Composer - Classical Music & World Music
Mark Van Overmeire is a storyteller. His musical universe is shaped by his many journeys around the world. Mark's music is an imaginative fusion of world music, classical music and folk music with colorful cinematic moods.
The release of the world music CD "Impresiones" in November 2003 made a strong impact on the world music scene. The CD was conceived after a 4 year stay in South America. The music on "Impresiones" is, according to Henri Brun from KRTU, a mixture of world music and elegance all in one.
Beautiful and evocative, the music on "Impresiones" received worldwide radio broadcastings and introduced Mark Van Overmeire to an audience of classical music and world music aficionados in many countries.
Mark's classical music CD "Angkor", released in November 2011, is inspired by places and events in Southeast Asia. All music on "Angkor" is performed by the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. Guest musicians, such as Grammy Award winning drum legend Dave Weckl (known for his work with jazz icon Chick Corea) and avant-garde cellist Arne Deforce, participate on "Angkor".
Mark is composing a suite for classical guitar and new music for choir and orchestra. The new works will be released on CD and Digital Download next year.
4 works of "Angkor" were played on WSCL Classical's show "Just Opened" on July 26. Kara Dahl Russell, classical music program director and senior host, has called the CD "Angkor" her delight of the week. More information about the show can be found on WSCL's blog
Angkor was the feature CD of the day on ABC CLASSIC FM's "Classic Breakfast" show on June 28. Music of Angkor was played together with the music of masters such as Mozart, Bach and Handel. The songs "Bagan", "Hsipaw" and "Angkor" were played in the 3 hour show. See the music listing of the show.
Mark is a winner of the 17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition (2012) with "Tuol Sleng" in the Instrumental category. The song is featured on Mark's latest album Angkor.
Mark is a finalist of the 17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition (2012) with the song "Angkor" in the World category. The song is featured on Mark's latest album Angkor.
Mark is a finalist of the 2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) with the song "Yaba". The song is featured on Mark's latest album Angkor.
Mark was born in Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium on April 2, 1968 but grew up in Bruges. World music sparkled his imagination when he was well in his teens and he started studying music theory, classical guitar and percussion at the Municpal Conservatory of Bruges when he was 15 years old.
At the age of 17 Mark studied classical harmony at the Municpal Conservatory of Bruges. At that time he got interested in the exciting rhythms of jazz and studied jazz harmony at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.
His fascination for the rhythms of drums, world percussion and exotic music of other cultures led Mark to make a decision that would change his life forever. He left the country with nothing more than a backpack and headed to a continent full of untold mysteries... South America.
The existential journey would have Mark in its grip for 4 years. After his return some of the stories had to be told and this led to the release of his first full CD "Impresiones".
The concept of writing classical/world music inspired by travel experiences works very well for Mark. Southeast Asia was backpacked for a few months in 2004. After returning home in January 2005 Mark started composing music for a new album. Due to the ambitious scope, both artistically and financially, production of the album was put on hold many times. A budget to work with a symphony orchestra was finally secured by Mark in 2010. The CD "Angkor", with works inspired by his journey in Southeast Asia, was released on CD and Digital Download in 2011.