Mark E. Sunkett, Ph.D.  

Professor, School of Music

Arizona State University


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EDUCATION

1987 - 93 Doctor of Philosophy in Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh
1974 -76 Master of Music - Temple University
 
  • Teacher - Alan Abel, Philadelphia Orchestra
1974 Bachelor of Music - Curtis Institute of Music
1966 - 70  Performance Certificate - Curtis Institute of Music
 
  • Teacher - Fred D. Hinger - Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
 
  • Teacher - Gerald Carlyss - Philadelphia Orchestra 

RESEARCH

2001 Drums of Senegal Project, Senegal West Africa. May 27-June 26
2000 Drums of Senegal Project, Senegal West Africa. May 27-June 26
  Mamady Keita Workshop, Jembe Master Drummer from Guinea, West Africa. 8/30
1999  Drums of Senegal Project, Senegal, West Africa May 16-June 29
1998 Field research in Trinidad, West Indies Jan 5-15
  Drums of Senegal project, Senegal May 17-June 28
  Preparation for the Internet version of Mus 347, Jazz In America
1997 Field research in Dakar, Kaolack and Ziguinchor, Sénégal, West Africa.
1994 Field research in Dakar, Kaolack, and Ziguinchor, and Tambacounda, Sénégal, West Africa
1992 Field research in Dakar, Kaolack and Ziguinchor, Sénégal, West Africa
1989 Field research in Dakar, Kaolack, and the Casamance region, Sénégal and
  Accra, Legone, and Tamali Ghana, West Africa
1987 Field research in Accra, Ghana; and Dakar and Kaolack, Sénégal
  Performance and field research in Negril, Jamaica

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PUBLICATION

2000 "African Drum and Steel Pan Ensembles", Mark Sunkett and Keith Ballard in Teaching
  Music, Vol. 8, Number 1, The National Association for Music Education, August 2000
1997 Review of Djabote, video review for the Society for Ethnomusicology
  Journal, Written Spring, 1996.
1995 Mandiani Drum and Dance, Djimbe Drumming and Black Aesthetics
  From Africa to the New World , published by White Cliffs Media.



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DISCOGRAPHY

1997 A Southwest Christmas, Phoenix Bach Choir, Soundset Recordings
1997 Sabar, The Soul of Senegal, White Cliffs Media,
  Producer, Mark E. Sunkett
1994 Mandiani Drum and Dance, Djimbe Drumming and Black Aesthetics
  from Africa to the New World, White Cliffs Media.
1993 Two World Symphony, artist - Carlos Nakai, music of James DeMars on Canyon Records.
1991 Spirit Horses - Carlos Nakai, music of James DeMars on Canyon Records.
1986 Centennial Project Recording at Arizona State University:
  Metropolis - Glenn Hackbarth.
  Desert Songs - James DeMars.
1976 Temple University Percussion Ensemble, MENC Convention, Crest Records.
1970-74  United States Marine Band, Washington, D. C. - All recordings .
  Dallapiccola, Boulez, Pousseur Candide/Vox.
  Les Noces/Nene Liebeslieder Waltzes, University of Pennsylvania Chorus and Penn
  Contemporary Players, Waterstradt Sound.

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MUSIC:

MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS and ARRANGEMENTS

2000 Sabar: Concerto for Sabar Drums and Orchestra, in Collaboration with James DeMars.
  Transcribed music for Seourouba and Sabar drums collected during field research in the summer
  1999 and 2000
"Melobradum" Music for Timpani and Tape. Written for the senior recital of Bradley Turner.
1989 Transcriptions of new Sabar and Sourouba Ensemble literature performed

MEDIA:

TELEVISION, RADIO, NEWSPAPER AND FILM

2000 "Digging to the Roots of Rhythm" Nationally distributed through Public Television.
  Re-broadcasts of "Digging to the Roots of Rhythm" KAET, channel 8, Public Television in
1999 Arizona ; original broadcast 1/21/98
1998 ASU African Drum Ensemble, Cotton Boll Elementary1/12/99 Ch#15, 6 P.M.
  "Digging to the Roots of Rhythm" KAET, channel 8, Public Television in Arizona 1/21/98
  "Drumming Up Africa's Soul, ASU professor preserving link to tribes'primal past"
   written by Jaye Beeler. Arizona Republic 11/9/98; reprinted in Bonus Weekly 11/18
  "Homecoming '98" ASU Insight, Volume 19, Number 20; 11/20
  ASU African Drum Ensemble -Evening News May, 1998 Ch#3
1997 Mandiani Drum and Dance, Video tapes; filmed and produced by Mark Sunkett.
1994 "Drums of Senegal" audio examples for Science Update program, American Association for
  the Advancement of Science.
1992 Television and radio broadcasts of the Phoenix Bach Choir Christmas Concert.
1988 "Evening Magazine" Channel Two with African Drum and Dance Ensemble of Pittsburgh.
1987 "The Hairy Ape" by Eugene O'Neill deposited in the Theater Archives, Smithsonian Institute,
  Washington D.C.Performed in Pittsburgh.
1985 "Focus" Channel Five in Arizona with the Kawambe Drum and Dance Ensemble.
  Recording for PBS radio station "KMCR" The Keith Greko Trio sponsored by Jazz in Arizona.
  Half-hour video performance of the TOS Ensemble aired by the Storer Cable Company, Arizona
1979 "The Timpani" taped for the Wallace and Ladmo Television Show,Arizona children's Program.
  Percussionist for the Mountain States Emmy Awards.
1974-76 Symphonic Soul - Televised from the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
  Music for News Reels and Short Subject Movies on the Penn Relays, Pennsylvania.
  Music for Delaware Public Broadcasting Network - Educational Film Series.


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GRANTS

1998 Fall - continued work on AAERI Steel Pan Project, weekly beginning 9/28
  AAERI -Steel Pan as a Tool for Self Esteem in the Middle School,
  College of Fine Arts Research Grant to continue "The Drums of Senegal Project."
1997 AAREI Grant, "The Steel Pan Ensemble as a tool in the Schools..."
1997 Arizona Humanities Council Grant, "Comparisons between Yoruba
  Drumming in Nigeria and Cuba."
1996 University Committee on African and African American Studies
1995 Earthwatch Humanities Research Grant
1995 Arizona Commission on the Arts Travel Assistance Grant.
1994 Fine Arts Faculty Improvement Grant
1994 Earthwatch Humanities Research Grant
1994 Institute For Studies in the Arts at Arizona State University
1994 University Committee on African and African American Studies faculty
  Mini-Grant for Senegal research.

AWARDS

2000 Top 100 Volunteers of Phoenix, AZ.
  Recognition Award. ASU Student Affairs
1999 Recognition Award. ASU Student Affairs
1998 Recognition Award. ASU Student Affairs
 1987 C.O.B.A. Award for Service to the Greater Phoenix Arts Community.
 1986 - 87 Graduate Fellow, University of Pittsburgh.
 1974 - 76 Graduate Fellow, Temple University.
 1966 - 70 Admission - Curtis Institute of Music


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TEACHING

2000 - Spring Special Topics "African Music" spring 2000
1994 - pres MUS 347Jazz in America, 300-400 students per Semester
1989 - pres Director of African Drum Ensemble, Arizona State University.
1988 pres Director of Percussion Jazz Ensemble, Arizona State University.
1988 - 89 Jazz Fundamentals.
1986 - 87 Graduate Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
1979 - 85 Jazz In America MUS 347 (two sections ).
1978 - pres Coordinator - "Jazz in America" MUS 347
1976 - pres Percussion Majors - applied lessons in performance and jazz studies.
1976 - 81 Percussion Methods
1976 - 85 Director of Percussion and Marimba Ensembles.
1976 - pres Percussion Improvisation.
1976 - 85 Percussion Pedagogy and Repertoire.
1976 - pres Instructor - "Jazz in America," jazz history MUS 347.
l976 Chestnut Hill Academy, Pa.
l975 - 76 Haverford School for Boys, Pa.
l975 - 76 Haverford School for Boys, Pa.
l974 - 76 Temple University Neighborhood Music Program
l972 - 74 Forestville Drum Corp, Md.
l971 - 72 D. C. Youth Orchestra, Washington, D. C.
l967 - 70 Settlement Music School, Pa.

PRESENTATIONS:

CLINICS, WORKSHOPS, and PAPERS

2001 Lecture on Mandiani and Black Aesthetics at American Express Facility
  Phoenix 2/27
  ASU Downtown Center Djembe Drumming and Mandiani 2/13
  Thies Middle School, Lecture/Demonstrations 2/15
  APS Black History Celebration, Lecture/Demonstrations 2/17
  Glendale Community College, Lecture/Demonstrations 2/22
  ASU Language Dept. Culture Festival African dance workshop 2/26
  American Express Training Center, Lecture/Demonstrations 2/27
  Southwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology
  Dissecting The Multiple Layers in Senegalese Drumming, 3/10-11
  Deer Valley School District, Lecture/Demonstrations 5/7
  Tempe Public Library, Lecture 9/25
2000 "Window to Black Culture" Lecture, Phoenix Public Library 2/17
  "Looking for the Senegalese Sound", a paper given at the Rocky
  Mountain Chapter meeting of SEM at ASU 3/11
  Hosted, Kim Duk Soo's Samul Nori Korean Drumming group in
  conjunction with ASU African Drum Ensemble 10/13
   "African Drumming" an Art/Music In-service Lecture/Demonstration
  for the Cartwright School District 10/27
  African Music Lecture for OASIS Foundation for Senior Living 3/7
  Kwanzaa Presentation, Unity Church of Phoenix, 12/27
1999 Cotton Boll Elementary School Lecture Demonstration 1/12
  Tempe Parks a Recreation 1/13
1998 Chandler/Gilbert Community College Guest Lecturer 2/3, 2/4
  African American Music, from its Origins to contemporary Pop
  Culture," Interdisciplinary lecture at Umoja Hall, ASU. 2/9, 2/16
  "Music as a Tool for Learning" Chandler Rotary Club, Chandler, AZ 3/4
  "Mandiani, Learning the Old Way," Historical/Genealogical
  Society, Tucson, AZ 3/14
  "African Drumming" a workshop for WRAMTA Regional Music
  Therapy Conference, Mesa, Arizona 4/19
  Nogales Public Schools Lecture/Demonstrations, concert 6/14-18
  "African Americans and Mandiani: Learning the Old Way," Burton
   Barr Library, Phoenix 11/5
  Kwaanza Presentation, Unity Church of Phoenix, 12/26
1997 "Sabar: Drumming and Language in Traditional Culture," Arizona
  Music Educators Association
  "Language and Drumming in the Sabar Ensemble of Senegal "
  South West Region, Society for Ethnomusicology.
  "Drumming From Senegal, Sabar and Djembe" Drumming
  Workshops at Fort Lewis College, Durango Colorado
1996 "The Use of African and Latin Percussion in the Marching Unit"
  for Winter Guard International Indoor Marching Percussion
  "The History and Development of the Sabar Ensemble, " South
  West Chapter, Society for Ethnomusicology, Tucson, AZ.
  "Introducing the Djembe" Percussive Arts Society, Arizona State Chapter.

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PERFORMANCE

2001 Thiosanne-ASU African Drum Ensemble Concert Tour
  Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Museum Concert 3/9
  Assisted with paper presented 3/10
  Sierra Nevada Community College, Incline Village, NA 3/12
  Sabar Concerto with The Phoenix Symphony 3/25
  Mesa High School 9/12
2000 World Premier, Sabar: Concerto for Sabar Drums Orchestra. by James
  DeMars and Mark Sunkett, Phoenix Symphony 3/2 &3
   Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park with ASU Percussion Jazz
  Ensemble 3/4/00
  ASU African Drum Performance for ASU School of Social Work's Common Threads
  Festival 4/7
  School of Music The world of Percussion Concert Gammage Auditorium
  with ASU Percussion Jazz Ensemble and ASU African Drum Ensemble 4/7
  Celebrate 200! A Multicultural Festival, Century Branch Library with ASU African
  Drum Ensemble 4/1
  Rhythms of Three Continents, performance with Cantemus Kerr Cultural Center 5/6
  ASU African Drum Ensemble at Pappas School, Maricopa County Regional Schools 1/9
  Fete De La Francophonie at Arizona State University 11/6
  National Black MBA Association Christmas/Kwanzaa Exposition in Phoenix, AZ 12/2
1999 South Mountain Community College2/2
  Paradice Valley Community College 2/10
  Kyren DeNorte 2/19
  Glendale Community College 3/6
  SABAR: A CONCERT DRAMA for AFRICAN DRUM ,
  ENSEMBLE and CHAMBER ENSEMBLE. April 25, 1999
1998 Phoenix Art Museum African Art Exhibit. Performance ASU
  African Drum Ensemble 1/25; 1/27; Kraft Workshop 2/7.
  Chandler Public Library 2/8
  MENC National Conference, Music from the Film "Congo"
  featuring the ASU African Drum Ensemble. 4/16
  Mesa Parks and Recreation. Performance with Kawambe
  Omowale African Drum and Dance Theater, 7/28 Villa
  Montesori School, 7/31
  Thunderbird international School of Business, "Africa Night" 11/12

Service

  2001 ASU African Drum Ensemble at Pappas School, Maricopa County Regional Schools 1/9
  Arizona Percussive Arts Society 3/3
  ASU Home Coming Parade with ASU African Drum Ensemble 10/10
  ASU Memorial Service for World Trade Center 12/9
  Arizona State University Tenure and Promotion Committee
  STARRS, Presentation to ASU Freshman 2/31
 2000 African Drums & Architecture for Prof. Caicco in ASU School of Architecture.
  Chair, College of Fine Arts Personnel Committee
  SOM Higher Visibility Committee Fall 2000
  University search committee for School of Music Director
  University search committee for Africanist in African American Studies.
  Hosted, Kim Duk Soo's Samul Nori Korean Drumming group in conjunction with
  ASU African Drum Ensemble and ASU Public Events 10/13
  African Music Lecture for the OASIS Foundation for Senior Living, ASU College of
  Fine Arts outreach 3/7
  Music/Dance Review Panel, Phoenix Arts Commission, City of Phoenix, 4/5
  Principal drummer and facilitator, Saturday morning African dance class at Eastlake
  Park, Phoenix Co-sponsored by Kawambe Omowale and Phoenix Parks and Recreation
  Kwanzaa Presentation, Unity Church of Phoenix, 12/27
  1999 Glendale Community College Lecture/Demonstration 3/6
  University search committee for of Music of School Director University search
  committee for an Africanist in African American Studies.
  "African Drumming" an Art/Music In service Lecture/Demonstration for the Cartwright
  School District 10/27
  Principal drummer and facilitator, Saturday morning African dance class at Eastlake
  Park, Phoenix
  South Mountain Community College performance 2/2
  Paradise Valley Community College performance 2/10
  Kyren DeNorte Lecture/Demonstration 2/19
 1998 Focus group for the Cuban Art Exhibit At ASU Art Gallery
  University Committee on African American and African Research, Chair.
  Member of the Arizona Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Three lectures were
  presented. See clinics and workshops
  Principal drummer and facilitator, Saturday morning African dance class at Eastlake
  Park, Phoenix.

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