Sixty Three Melodic Exercises for the Melodic Jaw Harp
by Mark Growden

This collection of exercises is for the open/closed, melodic technique of jaw harp playing, as can be found in the traditional music of Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Sicily, Estonia, Rajasthan, and Colombia.

Mark Growden’s choral works have been performed by over 200 choruses on four continents.


  • Strum – (Composer, Music Director, Performer) New dance works by UPside Dance Company. The SHED – Healdsburg, CA (2014)
  • Dark Kabaret – (Composer, Music Director, Performer) Four nights of International cabaret, circus, and variety. The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (2013)
  • Hybrid 2 – New interdisciplinary performance piece with director Sara Shelton Mann. Showbox, Los Angeles. (2013)
  • Teaspoon of Sugar – (Composer, Music Director, Performer) New interdisciplinary performance piece. Oregon Country Faire, Veneta, OR (2013)
  • Subject to Change – (Composer, Music Director, Performer) New dance piece with choreographer Watta Ribas. Site specific, Sebastopol, CA (2013)
  • Fallin’ Down on We – (Composer, Music Director, Performer) New dance/aerial piece with Flyaway Productions. The Crucible, Oakland, CA (2013)
  • Oomph! – (Producer) New opera composed by Scott King with libretto by Christopher St. John. Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, LA (2012)
  • Dream of Nekyia – (Composer/Music Director/Musician) Kristina Nekyia. Commissioned to compose and record an original score with a band comprised of jazz legends in New Orleans, LA (2011)
  • COVERT – (Co-founder/Co-producer/Artistic Director/Music Director) Site Specific performance series in collaboration with John Law, Suicide Club member and founder of the Cacophony Society. Various Locations in San Francisco and New York City (2009-ongoing)
  • At Play – (Composer/Performer/Lyricist) Lizz Roman and Dancers.  Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco, CA (2009)
  • Jointedness – (Composer) Nina Galin Performance Group – Commissioned to set Shakespeare’s “To be, or not to be.” soliloquy to music. Main Stage Dance/Theatre Festival – U.C. Davis, CA (2009/2010)
  • How to Survive the Apocalypse – (Performer/Vocal Soloist) – Written by Erik Davis.  Stage Werx Theater, San Francisco (2009)
  • The Fire Odyssey – (Music Director/Composer) Crucible production of Homer’s Odyssey for the Fire Arts Festival, Oakland, CA (2007)
  • Dido and Aeneas – (Composer/Vocal Soloist/Actor) San Francisco Opera/Crucible production of Purcell’s Opera, Oakland, CA (2004)
  • The A**hole Monologues – (Writer/Composer/Solo Performer) performed solo comedic multi-media theater piece The Nasty, in four runs of The A**hole Monologues in New York City (Off Broadway), San Francisco and Los Angeles (2001-2003)
  • Transparent Body – (Composer) Joe Goode Performance Group. Irvine Barclay Theater (2001), Cowell Theater, SF (2002), Yerba Buena Center (2003)
  • 1,000 Grey Birds – (Composer/Performer/Music Director) Directed by Angus Balbernie. Intersection for the Arts, SF (1999)
  • The Crimes and Confessions of Kip Knutsen – (Composer/Performer/Music Director) Written and performed by Deke Weaver. Intersection for the Arts, SF (1999)
  • Girlfriend – (Composer/Performer/Music Director) Written and performed by Deke Weaver. Edge Festival, SF (1997)
  • Spare the Rod – (Co-Writer/Composer/Solo Performer) Directed and co-written by Remy Charlip. Dancer’s Group/Footwork in San Francisco. (1996)
  • Sacred Text –  (Musician/Performer) Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet. Center for the Arts – Yerba Buena Gardens, SF (1996)
  • Not a Prayer –  (Music Director/Composer/Performer) Directed by Jess Curtis, Men Dancing XIV, Theater Artaud, SF & New Performance Gallery,SF (1995)
  • Kept – (Music Director/Composer/Performer) Written by Ken Prestininzi. Directed by Ken Prestininzi and Jess Curtis, Intersection for the Arts, SF (1994)
  • Touch Prayer – (Music Director/Composer/Performer) Wise Fool Puppet Intervention, Dolores Park & Lake Merritt, SF and Oakland (1993-94)
  • Sex and Gravity – (Collaborator/Composer/Performer) Directed by Jess Curtis, 848 Community Space, SF (1993 & 95), Improv Festival, NY (1994), Dance Place, Washington D.C. (1994), Highways, Santa Monica (1995)
  • Catch – (Composer/Performer) Keith Hennessy, Scott Wells and Jim Owen, Men Dancing XII, Theater Artaud (1993)
  • Skatango – (Composer/Performer) Wells & Hermesdorff Dance Co., Edge Festival, Dancer’s Group/Footwork, SF (1993), & New Performance Gallery, SF (1994)
  • Babel – (Music Director/Composer/Performer) Wise Fool Puppet Intervention, Fillmore Center, SF (1993)


  • Coyote – Christiane Cegavske (2010)
  • Martyr – Thad Povey (2009)
  • Island of the Gondoliers – Guido Muzzarelli (2009)
  • Welldigger – Phillip Fagan (2007)
  • Blood Tea and Red String – Christiane Cegavske (2007)
  • Elegy for Seven Falling Objects – Thad Povey (2003)
  • Under a Shipwrecked Moon – AnteroAlli (2001)
  • Hysteria – AnteroAlli (2001)
  • Mother – Thad Povey (2000)
  • F**k Boy – Thad Povey (2000)
  • Uncle Fred – Phil Fagan (2000)
  • The Jasper Ridge Preservation Project – Tamzen Orion (1998)
  • Mother – Chad Adair (1995)
  • Fishboy – Chad Adair (1994)
  • Strips of Cloth and Paper– Tamzen Orion (1994)

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