June 2014 News / Concerts

CONCERT UPDATES:

Youtube Clip in Honor of Richard
Please view this video and reflect on all of your family members.  Be happy for all of the times you've shared.    
Dedicated to Uncle Rich

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