March 2013 News / Concerts

CONCERT UPDATES:

Tony The Hat! by Brian Lapin
Mark's piano stylings and recording contributions can currently be heard on the soundtrack to the epic new musical: "Tony the Hat" by Brian Lapin.  Simply click here Tony The Hat Soundtrack and Enjoy!  

Please Click here to view pictures  (Note: this will take you to a Mark's Twitter media photos - the easiest upload option for mobile computing)

Below are Pictures from the Recent June 2012 tour of Bangkok and Manila. -M





"WEEKLY NOTES"

HOW TO CONTACT ME: (Tour Bookings, Scheduling)
310-478-8836 - or - markballing@mac.com

IMPORTANT NEWS: Tour photo update....

Dear viewers interested in viewing pictures from the Glenn Miller Orchestra tour in Thailand and the Philippines: Due to technical difficulties in uploading photos to this site - I have posted my pictures on Twitter. Please feel free to follow me on @myremark on twitter.com Thank you!
Click here to see Mark perform a Christmas Piece from December with Ms. Ekornes.
and
Click here to see Mark teach a lesson to a talented student!

CONCERT UPDATES:

Each and Every Sunday
I can be seen playing with the First Presbyterian Church of Westminster Praise and Worship Band. 10:30am in Orange County. Click HERE to get more info!

October CD/Mp3 RECOMMENDATIONS:
J.S. Bach - Keyboard Concertos: Murray Perahia piano. Whether you're working on taxes, or hustling to study through mid-terms - there is no better music to motivate the sagacious worker than this album. Murray Perahia plays the piano on my particular version, which comprises the D Major, F minor, F Major, and G minor concertos. However, a similar album exists called "Three Keyboard Concertos" featuring piainst AndrĂ¡s Schiff (D minor, A Major, F minor). Either album will please the discerning listener equally.

Mark's Previous Picks: (also, see below for an archive of CD picks)
Amina Figarova - Above the Clouds
New West Guitar Trio - Sleeping Lady.
Wayne Shorter - The Soothsayer
Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane - (album by the same name)
Miles Davis - Bags Groove
Elisabeth Ekornes - sings Edvard Grieg (CD sold at the main studio)

PRACTICING TIPS:
I get a lot of questions regarding practicing recommendations. For beginning students, I recommend 15-20 minutes for 6 days a week. Intermediate students, 25-30 for 6 days a week. Advanced, at least 45-60 minutes each day. Try your best, if you miss a day, simply get back on track. But, this should be your general guideline.

MARK'S MISSION: To make sure each and every student gets the most out of their lesson through a musically enriching and enjoyable experience. And, to ensure that I give the best quality lesson possible - with material drawn from my involvement in the USC Thornton School of Music Master's program; Live concert and international touring; Studio recording; and Fifteen years of proven methodic teaching.

JAZZ TRIO for RENT:
Hey, want to impress a client? Have a family reunion or birthday event? Hire the classiest jazz trio in L.A. to play for your event: The Mark Balling Trio! Rates start at $1000 (3 hours).
Call Mark for more info. 310-478-8836.

Please Visit the Following Websites:
C.D. Archive List (Previous Picks):
Oscar Peterson - The Legendary O.P. trio live at the Blue Note (1990)
Isreal Houghton: The Power of One (very hip contemporary pop)

Beethoven: Symphonies No. 5, 6, & 9. (2-CD set) Karajan: BPOrch
Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra: INVITATION (2008 Release - PCJ)
Moura Lympany - Piano Favorites
Roland Kirk - Kirk's Works