About Mark

 

Career Highlights:

  • Music worker at UCCP-Makati Church of Christ Disciples, J.P. Rizal (April 2013-present)
  • Keyboardist/Pianist of Jose at Musika (October 2015 – present)
  • Graduate student (M.A. Music Education, applied music major in composition) at Philippine Women’s University School of Music.
  • Music transcriber/engraver/copyist for various organizations and individuals such as GuitarZoom (http://guitarzoom.com), MSE Musical Services, pianist/composer Cesar S. Wycoco, jazz pianist and educator Steve Nixon (http://stevenixonmusic.net/), and composer Barbie N. Dumlao (Springs Foundation, Inc.) (2010-present)
  • Independent composer/arranger/solo artist/multi-instrumentalist at Calvarium Sound Laboratory (2001-present), released five solo albums (free download).
  • Private music teacher (piano, music theory/musicianship, composition/songwriting) (2010-present)
  • Completed music and sound design projects for Flipbook Animation Inc. and Pixel Delight Studios LLC.
  • Composed sleep and relaxation music for a7records.
  • Wrote articles and transcribed media for Gearwire.com and Allsound.org
  • Former keyboardist/pianist and founding member of Christian progressive rock band Hymnopraxis. Previously keyboardist/Vocalist for Filipino progressive rock band known as Jacob’s Ladder/Blue Fusion.

 

Mark A Galang - Ibanez RG270_01

Mark A. Galang
(Photo courtesy of Ariel Victorio)

Biography

Mark A. Galang (born 1980) is a freelance composer, arranger, music transcriber, studio and live performance musician, and website content/blog writer who composes and arranges music for various purposes, whether it’s for his own personal enjoyment or for other individuals and organizations.

Mark currently records as a solo artist, performs in the live indie music scene and records as a pianist/keyboardist for Jose at Musika, serves as a volunteer music worker at UCCP-Makati Church of Christ Disciples J.P. Rizal, and works part-time as a music theory and composition tutor for private individuals. Since September 2013, he has been a graduate student, completing a Master of Arts major in Music Education at the the Philippine Women’s University School of Music.

Mark has worked with various individuals and organizations such as Darren Michaels (http://www.d-star.co.uk), Australian singer-songwriter Emi Waterson (http://www.emiseve.com), MSE Music Services (a leading musician and entertainment provider in the Philippines), pianist/composer Cesar S. Wycoco, composer Barbie Dumlao (Springs Foundation, Inc.) and guitarists Dan Denley (http://www.guitarzoom.com) and Steve Stine (http://www.stinemusiclessons.com). Through his association with MSE, he also had the privilege of working as a music transcriber/copyist for veteran music director, pianist and arranger Romy San Mateo. For a brief period in time, he was an artist signed under the a7records label in the UK, writing music for the Easy Sleep Music, Relaxing Records and Relax My Dog brands. Mark was once the pianist, keyboardist, composer and occasional guitarist for Jacob’s Ladder/Blue Fusion , a defunct Christian progressive rock band from Malate, Manila.

Born into a somewhat musical family, Mark has been playing piano and guitar since childhood, and has played in various relatively unknown bands such the above-mentioned former Jacob’s Ladder, a Christian music/progressive rock band from Malate, Manila. Other significant musical experiences Mark experienced growing up include being a vocalist of a Metallica cover band at age 12, a guitarist/keyboardist/bassist for a number of very short lived high school rock bands, a church youth choir member, and being a keyboardist, bassist, back-up singer or drummer for a certain number of musical groups in college. Were they commercially successful? Of course not, but they all provided great musical experiences.

Mark’s formal education is actually in the health sciences, having earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in 2003, majoring in Occupational Therapy. He also went to medical school the same year and, despite being the top-ranking student in his class, he opted to drop out because of financial and personal reasons. The year after, Mark passed the 2004 Occupational Therapy Licensure Exams by the PRC.

Even while studying the health sciences, Mark’s mind was always occupied with his love for music, going to lengths to study music theory and composition on his own (e.g. going into the UST Conservatory of Music’s library), practicing on various instruments (such as the piano at UCCP-Ellinwood-Malate Church’s old auditorium or choir room), and writing songs with whatever available time he had on his hands (usually with Jacob’s Ladder). In short, he followed the path of notable composers like Georg Philip Telemann, Edward Elgar, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Vangelis, Frank Zappa and Cesar Wycoco in order to augment whatever little formal music training he received from a number of local teachers and a few encounters with church choir conductors.

 

After spending time writing and performing with Jacob’s Ladder from 1995 to 2000 along with other experiences from a variety of bands, he started a personal experimental recording project called “Sterilium“, exploring a diverse mix of musical styles and genres. Fast forward to this day and age, Mark has independently released five albums as online “CDs” or “LPs”. He also now works as a freelance music music professional from “Calvarium Sound Laboratory” (Mark’s humble “cottage industry” facility) while continuing to write his own brand of personal music. In the pursuit of taking his skills to another level along with expanding his musical knowledge, Mark is now pursuing a Master of Arts degree (Music Education, applied music major in composition) at the music department of the Philippine Women’s University as well as performing with Jose at Musika.

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4 responses to “About Mark

  1. Hi mark you can always go back to med school, sayang ang potential mo. Btw, I liked d sterilium cd u gave me since medschool. I still have it. Goodluck.

    • Hello Nemo. Thank you very much for believing in my potential and for liking my music. I’m so happy to hear that you still have my CD. Just check back every now and then to hear new music from yours truly. I don’t know if I still would try going back to med school. Maybe if it’s what God wants me to go to then I would. However, I’m looking forward to making more music. God bless!

  2. Hi ! I am also a arranger and composer. Willing to collaborate on your projects. I have good knowledge of arranging , mixing and mastering tracks in Cubase. You can find my work on Youtube and Sound Cloud.

    Please respond if you are interested in collaborating.

    Thanks,
    Sushrut

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