Based in Australia Mark Cauvin is an accomplished Experimental Classical Avant-Garde Double Bass Interpreter, Performer, Composer, and Improvisor. He attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (DipMus, 2003), SIAPM Perugia (2006), and Stockhausen Courses in Germany (2010).
His first multimedia work Die Dunkelkammer (The Darkroom) for Soloist and Electronic Music was presented at the 2013 PNEM Sound Arts Festival (Netherlands). It has since been presented live in Melbourne, with the Anywhere Festival 2015 in Sydney and Brisbane and at Edith Cowan University in Perth (2015). After a performance in Brisbane, Die Dunkelkammer was cited as being reminiscent of the sounds from a David Lynch film.
A self taught tape operator/composer, microphone builder and theatre prop maker, Mark’s propensity to embrace the do-it-yourself subculture has enabled him to create his own individual style. He has self-published his own short film, a 7” record of works composed using a tool that combines a planetarium with miniature double basses called Kontrabassarium and a CD album called Installation of Sound.
Concurrently, Mark continues to focus on the double bass as his first instrument and has published first time recordings of solo works for double bass by Fernando Grillo, Giacinto Scelsi, Iannis Xenakis, Luciano Berio, and Lazslo Dubrovay and recorded works for the ABC by David Young, Cat Hope, Lindsay Vickery, and Michael Smetanin.
Mark has received three grants as an individual artist from the Australian Council for the Arts.
He has engaged in activities with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Sinfonia, SBS Youth Orchestra, Goulburn Regional Conservatorium, National Folk Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, Major’s Creek Folk Festival, Perth Arts Festival, Adelaide International Arts Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island Festival, New Music Network, Liquid Architecture, Chamber Made Opera, La Mama Musica, Critical Path, PNEM Sound Art Festival (Netherlands), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), SEAM, International Symposium for Electronic Art, International Society of Contemporary Music, Anywhere Festival, Now Now, National Experimental Arts Forum/Symbiotica, Australiasian Computer Music Conference, Australian Broadcast Company & Decibel Ensemble.