Mark Adler

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A native of Marin County , California , Mark played keyboard in a number of bands in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. He was the keyboard player in the original "Heart of Gold Band" after Keith Godchaux's untimely death in 1980. Initially, Mark sought a major in music, but eventually gained his degree in film from UCLA where he studied film scoring with David Raskin.

The 1980's were a renaissance for documentary films in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Mark was soon working on many of those projects. During this period he worked briefly as a music editor for such directors as Milos Forman, David Lynch, and Francis Ford Coppola. (His music editing credits include "Amadeus," "Blue Velvet," "Tucker," and "Godfather III.") In 1991 he began a long association scoring films for National Geographic Television.

He has scored nine feature films and twelve television movies. Feature films include "Focus," "Picture Bride", and Wayne Wang's films, "Eat a Bowl of Tea," and" "Life is Cheap." In 1999 he won a Primetime Emmy for his work on HBO's "The Rat Pack." His work in " Forbidden Territory : Stanley 's Search for Livingstone," was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy. In 2000, he composed the new theme for the long- running PBS series, American Experience. He wrote and produced source music for the Philip Kaufman films "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," and "Henry and June. His range of experience has resulted in an eclectic musical style often drawing from jazz, folk, world music, and traditional orchestral idioms. He currently serves as a vice- president of the Society of Composers and Lyricists. In addition to his full schedule in film scoring, Mark has once again taken his place as the keyboard player in the reformed "Heart of Gold Band". Mark is married and lives in Santa Monica with his wife Joanie and daughter Brooke.