An essential sideman with experimental pioneers like Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Bob Ostertag, and Anthony Braxton
, Mark Dresser has also long been a leading proponent of solo improvised bass and a master of extended techniques, including harmonics and sound amplification. Nourishments
(Clean Feed, 2013) marks his re-emergence as a bandleader, combining mixed meter grooves, improvisation, and swing, while GUTS
(Kadima Collective Recordings, 2010) highlights his contrabass playing in both structured improvisation and composition, and features an informational DVD, CD, and educational booklet. He has received multiple grants and fellowships including a Shifting Foundation Grant (2015) and sits on the boards of numerous organizations. A Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego, he continues to research “telematic music,” in which geographically separated musicians performing in real-time via the Internet, and presented a telematic concert at the 2015 Filmatic Festival.