Mark Golamco

Viola and Voice

Artist who uses songs and visuals to connect and comment on adversity.

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Musician and inter-disciplinary artist who uses songs and visuals to connect and comment on adversity experienced throughout his life. Training as a classical violist includes, performing in the San Francisco Youth Orchestra and studying the viola at UCLA. Not fully satisfied with the role of a classical performer, Mark went on to experiment with interdisciplinary and cross-genre compositions. He found freedom within the context of art to invest his classical music techniques. using folk and contemporary idioms rooted in personal content and expressions of performance art and video. Growing up as a queer-identifying, first generation Filipino, his music has slanted towards romantic longing and social displacement. His past performances have included the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University,  David Zwirner Gallery and the Redcat Auditorium in Los Angeles.




This is a project in which the artist combines music, performance and video. The core element is the artist's performance of original songs, self-accompanied on the viola. By locking into solid harmonies while moving through passages of romantic lyrics diffused with disorienting vocalizations, Golamco wraps his audience into an impenetrable trance. He uses imagery of castaways, criminals, and folk heroes to address the frustrations of relationships and lingering isolation that all too often seem inescapable . Accompanying the songs are diaristic videos that visually convey the artist's bittersweet experience. Golamco stages his performances with handmade props, studio objects and exotic lighting to further transport the viewers.