mark hilliard wilson

November 19th 2016 ​Town Hall 1119 Eighth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 7-10 pm

I'll be playing on the John Cage MusicCircus  
It will be a pretty amazing concert with many performers.  I'll play ​Cheap Imitation solo and then accompany the amazing soprano Stacey Mastrian on the Wonderful widow of Eighteen Springs.


Wilson has performed concerts along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain in 900 year old churches, palaces and cathedrals in Hungary, along with concert halls at festivals and series across North America. He has conducted Guitar Orchestras across North America, often featuring his own compositions.  Mark's music is published through Second Prattica out of New York.  

Concerts 2017

​Friday, 8:00 p.m. November 3rd 2017
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

The Ecco Chamber Ensemble performs Kyrie from the God Helmet by Mark Hilliard Wilson

This piece for soprano, flute and guitar explores the tension that a previously agnostic woman reporter has in “discovering” a sense of an all powerful and loving God and a new sense of connection in being the mother of a son. This “discovery” occurred when she was reporting on a device that can create the sensation of the presence of God. Skeptical, she tries the device herself to find she can experience a sense of God and also has broken through a wall of postpartum depression and has a deep connection with her newborn son. Her life up to this dramatic change had been one of financial and professional success but one of emotional isolation. Now she finds herself very connected to her fellow humans and has a gift for giving a profound sense of joy. However the experience of the “God Helmet” has also caused her to have uncontrollable seizures and she relizes she must make a choice between keeping the connection to God and her son and dying or trying to reverse the process and living.





Friday, 7:00 p.m. November 10th 2017

Chocolati Cafe

8319 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

I just got back from a great trip of playing in front of Gothic cathedrals, along castle walls and composing at Mas Costa a 16th century villa on the outskirts of Besalú, Spain in Catalonia, the north eastern corner of Spain. You may have heard a little bit about this in the news as they want to secede from Spain. I'd love to share some of the pieces that I created over there along with a program of Catalan folk songs arranged by the great Miguell Llobet, and more Cataln music by his teacher Francisco Tarrega. Along with some of my Weiss's.

Monday, 11:00 a.m. November 13th, 2017

Ecco Chamber Ensemble plays the Highline school district

A look at what happens in our brains when we listen to or perform music.  Beyond the Mozart Effect, we consider how each piece changes our circuitry.  Featuring classical and contemporary works by Fauré, Gluck, Lilly, Lorca, Monteverdi, Sauter, Wanna, and many more.

Thursday, 7:00 p.m. November 16th 2017

Ecco Chamber Ensemble plays Mirabella

A look at what happens in our brains when we listen to or perform music.  Beyond the Mozart Effect, we consider how each piece changes our circuitry.  Featuring classical and contemporary works by Fauré, Gluck, Lilly, Lorca, Monteverdi, Sauter, Wanna, and many more.

Ecco Chamber Ensemble will premiere Night of the Poets by Sarah Bassingthwaighte as a part of the Wayward series 

Thursday, May 25th at 7:30 at the Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center 4649 Sunnyside ave, Seattle WA

Come down and hang out and help us make some music at the Northwest folklife festival

Friday, May 26th at 8:45 p.m.  Seattle Center Armory

The Ecco Chamber Ensemble--representing Second Inversion--performs works from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Turkey, and the U.S. on the opening evening of the Folklife festival.

“Enough is enough!" 

Sunday, June 25th, 2017 @ 2 pm  

 St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103     

The Ecco Chamber Ensemble, caps off their inaugural season with a program focusing on works that protest the senseless violence in our world and light the way toward peace.     

The concert features the premiere of Night of the Poets by Seattle composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte, a percussion piece by Storm Benjamin commemorating victims of gun violence, and works by José de Azpiazu, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Imamovic Almer, Federico García Lorca, Luigi Nono, Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell, Arnold Schoenberg, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Steve Wanna.

     A portion of the proceeds will go toward Americans for Responsible Solutions.   
Opportunities to hear Mark from furthest out to the last performance.

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St. John United Lutheran Church 11/26/16
5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103

The Ecco Chamber Ensemble announces a series of afternoon concerts built around the intersection of art and social change. Saturday, November 26th 2016 at 2:00 p.m. is the inaugural concert featuring the theme of Home, Migration and what defines one’s sense of place. The concert will feature works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Federico Garcia Lorca, Katherine Hoover and some folk song arrangements from around the world. The pieces on the concert reflect the personal stories of the composers' forced migration from opressive regimes, along with folk songs that celebrate a sense of home and place.


Our concert theme is HOME and our program explores music that celebrates a sense of home in the unique language of folksongs from such countries as Brazil and Argentina and here in Seattle. We highlight music written by composers who had to flee their native country due to oppressive regimes that would have isolated and then exterminated them due to their religion and ethnicity. We also have music from the Sephardic tradition, Jews that lived under the Umayadd caliphate in the Middle ages and then, for a while under the emerging Spanish Christian nation but were expelled from their native Iberian Peninsula in 1492, for not converting to Christianity.
We also have a piece by the guitarist of our group that explores the price of success when real estate goes up to the point where some individuals can no longer afford anything, or due to circumstances that are outside of their control, they find themselves homeless.



Friday, September, 2nd 2016 (labor day weekend) 7:30 p.m. In the Chapel in St. James Cathedral, 804 9th avenue, Seattle, WA 98104



My concerts and CD release went well, I still have a show at the TRIPLE DOOR ON MONDAY AUGUST 22nd at 7 that I am slitting with the amazing jazz virtuoso Brian Nova and the electric guitar virtuoso Jeff Feilder.  This mini guitar festival is the brainchild of Seattle icon Andre Ferriante, and is called Guitar Euphoria.  Two nights of amazing concerts by some of the region's best guitar players. Guitar Euphoria celebrates the beauty of the guitar and her many voices, jazz, classical, acoustic, electric, flamenco and bass guitar. Hosted and MC'd by Andre Feriante. Andre will perform a piece with each performer and other spontaneous collaborations are to be expected.
Two nights, six concerts~ Triple Door, Main Stage
Monday, 8/22~ Mark Wilson, Classical; Jeff Fielder, Electric; Brian Nova, Jazz
Tuesday, 8/23~ Steve Kim, Fretless Bass; Danny Godinez, Acoustic Guitar; Andre Feriante, Flamenco Fusion

https://tickets.thetripledoor.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=1151

Thursday, July 28th 7:00 p.m. St. John United Lutheran Church 5515 Phinney Avenue North Seattle WA 98103


Friday, July 15th  7:30 to 9 The Chapel at the Good Shepherd center 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This is the Seattle CD release for Mark’s new CD En Sueño de Camino 
En Sueño de Camino (the dream of the path), is the product of a two week residency I did along the Camino de Santiago de Compostella, or the Way of St James under the Path of Stars. In the summer of 2014 I was invited by Camino Artes to give a series of 9 concerts in Romaneque churches in northern Spain. It was so thrilling reading up on the composers and famous guitarists and the general history of the region. I carefully prepared a program that would be of interest to the novice listener of the classical guitar, who, incidentally, would have most likely walked 20 miles each day for a month; from 4 in the morning until 1:30!? This program also reflected the grand history of the region. I chose music from a broad span of history, starting in the Middle Ages with the Cantigas de Santa Maria, which then progress chronologically through Spain's Golden Age and the familiar Suite Espanol by the Baroque composer Gaspar Sanz, through the 20th century masters of Antonio Ruiz-Pipo and Joaquin Rodrigo.

Monday, July 11th 7:00 Blaine, WA, House Concert for more info please call 206 301 9165

A part of the celebration of the release of En Sueño de Camino, featuring music from the masters of the Spanish renaissance and baroque, along with tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Mark Hilliard Wilson.

Sunday, July 10th 2:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, House Concert for more info please call 206 301 9165

A part of the celebration of the release of En Sueño de Camino, featuring music from the masters of the Spanish renaissance and baroque, along with tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Mark Hilliard Wilson.


Saturday, May 21st 7:00 Bellingham, Washington House concert for more info please contact George at 360-671-4193
reservations are strongly suggested as this will sell out.

This is the first of a series of house concerts, concerts at wineries and then other concert venues in celebration of my new CD coming out. En Sueno de Camino (the dream of the path) is the product of my two week residency along the Camino de Santiago de Compostella, or the Way of St James under the Path of Stars. In the summer of 2014 I was invited by Camino Artes to give a series of 9 concerts in Romaneque churches in northern Spain. It was so thrilling reading up on the composers and famous guitarists and the general history of the region. I carefully prepared a program that would be of interest to the novice listener of the classical guitar, who, incidentally, would have most likely walked 20 miles each day for a month; from 4 in the morning until 1:30!? This program also reflected the grand history of the region. I chose music from a broad span of history, starting in the Middle Ages with the Cantigas de Santa Maria, which then progress chronologically through Spain's Golden Age and the familiar Suite Espanol by the Baroque composer Gapsar Sanz, theough the 20th century masters of Antinio Ruiz-Pipo and Joaquin Rodrigo.
It seems only fitting that I have the first concert in celebration of this big moment in the town where many of my first big moments were as I learned my craft and inquired into the art of playing the classical guitar. I moved to Bellingham in 1986 to eanr a degree, but my heart has not left, even after 30 years.

Friday, May 13th 6:30 p.m. To 9 p.m. Greenwood Art Walk 7120 Greenwood avenue.

I will be creating a chill ambience with my loop station, punctuated by the lilt of 42 guitar strings, as my Guitar orchestra will be playing some tangos I wrote, along with some that I arranged by Astor Piazzolla. Ryan, from Hilliard's Beer will be instilling a salubrious enviroment with his liquid alchemy, to which the golden delight of his drink is unparrallled, save for the magic one feels when taking in the elegant designs of his wife Rachel's creations in jewelry. It is all here for you on this one night, music, beer, fine jewelry and your good neighbors and a Guitar orchestra!

Thursday, April 21st 7:30 to 9 The Chapel at the Good Shepherd center as a part of the Wayward series; experimental music series. 4618 Bagley avenue north Seattle Wa.

I am so thrilled to be working with the musicians on this concert! The concert is on the wayward series which “present concerts of adventurous and experimental music in the gorgeous Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center:” The theme of the concert revolves around the idea of opposites and, of course with the arrival of Spring, the birth of ideas, and how to commuicate them.

The first half of the conert is solo with the intricatley and sometimes obscurely notated scores of Scelsi, Ohana and Kurtag. I am finally making the inquiry into the infamous Kho-Tha by Giacinto Scelsi and will also be playing part fo Maurice Ohana's Si le jour paraît... (1963). I was able to find the obscure Five Merrycate by Gyorgy Kurtag and am certain I'll be giving the Seattle premiere of that.

The second half will feature open improvisations with guitarist Bill Wolford of Yzod, and Lori Goldston, and Kyle Hanson, of the Black cat Orchestra, among many other projects such as Kyle's project the Murkies, and Lori's solo work, which takes her around the world. Speaking of around the world, Helen Pridmore will be coming all of the way down from Regina, Saskatchewan! She is my oldest friend on this concert. We met at Eastman School of Music, back in the 20th century. Her projects have involved being a part fo the Motion Ensemble which speacializes in Canadian composers. Helen is a frequent guest of Vicotria, British Columbia's Aventa Ensemble which where they premiered Michael Finnesey's Whitman, with the composer at the piano.

Sunday, April 10th 5 to 6 Ida Culver house private concert.

Thursday, April 7th 5 to 7 private event for SKL architects, hosting Centrium

Sunday, April, 3rd 2016 11:00 a.m. Haddok Performance hall, Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho

I'll be conducting the Festival Guitar orchestra of the Northwest Guitar Fest, which is taking place in Moscow, Idaho April 1st- 3rd. It is an amazing opportunity to hear all of the Northwest's finest classical guitar players and the fntastic talent that is emergin through the universities, colleges and music stores through the Northwest. This concert will feature guitar ensembles in large and small form. The concert will concude with arrangements I made of Astor piazzolla's Soledad and Libretango and my compostion Duende.

Thursday, March 23rd 7 p. m. to 10 p.m. private event

Monday, February 22nd 7 to 9

Phinney Neighborhood Center 6556 Phinney

Seattle Classic Guitar Society Open mic

the Guitar Orchestra will be playing two tangos I wrote and a milonga by Daniel Wolfe. 

Friday, February 20th 7 to 9

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, Washington 

I'll be sharing the evening with two fine players, Taro Kobayashi and Jessica Papkov. It will be a great evening featuring fine players with the bonus of Baroque guitar music on the Baroque guitar! If you haven;t heard this magical instrument you need to. It is quite unusual in that the highest sounding string is where the lowest sounding string is on the modern guitar. Can you imagine how that changes the music? Well, come down and hear us, it's just down the street in Greenwood, about 100 feet from the Rosewood. There is a easy selection of wine, beer and coffee and sandwiches too.


Thursday, February 19th 2016 7 to 9
C&P Coffee house in West Seattle
5612 California ave SW
the Guitar Orchestra will be playing two tangos I wrote and a milonga  by Daniel Wolfe

Sunday, February 14th 2016 3 to 5 
Antique Sandwich Company  5102 N Pearl St, Tacoma, Washington 98407
Come enjoy a Valentine's of tangos and milongas and songs of love, loss and lonlieness. I know, I know but the sad songs are the best ones. Mark Hilliard Wilson will be playing smoldering tangos by Astor Piazzolla, languid love songs from France and Romances from across the ages.