Mark Nichols has done the scores
for two feature-length films, "Farewell
to Harry" and "A
Relative Thing", both directed by Garrett
Bennett. He has scored over 20 short films including "Flared
Pants", starring Paul Giamatti, Brian T. Finney,
Garrett Bennett, and Jillian Armenante.
One of Mark's specialties, orchestral arranging
and specifically his string writing, has earned him a vicarious
grammy ("Amsterdam Stranded" by Midnight Choir)
and a reputation as one of the most rock-friendly arrangers
in the Northwest. He is known for his work on Jeremy Enigk's
lush solo album "Return
of the Frog Queen" and the cinematic works of The
Walkabouts, for whom he arranged four albums. Mark's orchestral
work has been performed by orchestras as diverse as The Seattle
Symphony to the Wasted Youth Symphony.
As an engineer/producer Mark has had the opportunity
to work with Trillian Green ("Metamorphosis"),
Mehnooghi (Debut Album), "Awesome"
the band ("Delaware"), and Sean Nelson ("Nelson
Sings Nilsson"), but his primary work as an engineer/producer
is through the soundtrack work and his own solo work.
For the film "Farewell
to Harry" Mark was asked to compose 30-plus songs
like old-scratchy New Orleans jazz," so the film
company could avoid paying hefty royalties. The film had a
"needle-drop feel from start to finish, which fades[d]
in and out of orchestrally lush dreamscapes."