Trumpeter | Performance Artist


Ethan Marks is an LA-based trumpeter and performance artist reshaping the role of the instrumentalist in live music-making, transforming the performer into sculpture and installation piece. Emphasis and attention are placed on the physical gesture and the collision between body and the instrument as interface. Much of the sounds are similarly physical, tangible, subtle. They challenge the audience to listen deeply so that they may take that enhanced perception out of the performance and experience the world differently. 

Marks is active in the LA experimental music scene, and he often collaborates with Vinny Golia, Ulrich KriegerThomas Sturm, David Aguila, Amy Golden, Eric Heep, arts collective alMa.maddR, and the Carillon trumpet quartet. In addition to his work in LA, Marks has presented internationally at the Darmstadt Fereinkurse für Neue Musik and the International Society for Improvised Music 2016 Conference in Guelph, Canada. Marks holds degrees in trumpet performance from California Institute of the Arts (MFA 2017) and The University of Texas at Austin (BM 2013). His primary teachers include Marco Blaauw, Edward Carroll, Vinny Golia, and Ray Sasaki.