Author: Mark Rabideau

Mark Rabideau

Even the smallest spark can ignite a lifetime of creativity – that feeling you get when listening to the crashing of waves, observing a starry night or encountering a vibrant painting for the first time. 

This month, we explore what inspires us to both pursue our careers and create the music we love. 21CM managing editor Elizabeth Nonemaker considers Ray Lustig’s “#composagrams” – musical vignettes crafted within the boundaries set by Instagram – as vehicles for reshaping the way audiences consume music. 

The members of string quintet SYBARITE5 take a break during their recent DePauw residency to talk about artistic growth – what’s helped them stay curious and focused over ten-plus years of commissioning and performing new music. 

Our series re/CREATE continues as host Joe Brent interviews duo Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna about their unique melding of traditional Irish music with J.S. Bach. To them, it’s all about continuing centuries-long traditions of improvisation over familiar song forms. 

Finally, POP Picks curator Sarah Whitney kicks off a new year of celebrating the people, organizations and projects that inspire us over and over again.

And what about you? Be sure to share your own sparks with us. Thanks for joining the conversation.

Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM

Mark Rabideau is a cultural entrepreneur, busy re-imagining how we must prepare musicians to thrive within the shifting marketplace and cultural landscape of the contemporary moment.

Mark's own entrepreneurial spirit has generated projects ranging from producing and hosting Live from Smoke (a radio show from NYC's
upper-westside), founding and serving as Executive and Artistic Director for Artists Now (a not-for-profit arts organization), producing Worlds End (an original work with the American Repertory Ballet), and founding Art in Unlikely Places (a project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved).

Mark regards his bravest moments as a performer as those spent playing with “The World’s Most Dangerous Orchestra” (Juárez, Mexico) and those most cherished while commissioning, performing, and recording new chamber music with his quartet, CTQ.

Mark has a job. He is the Director of the 21st-Century Musician Initiative.
Mark has only one hobby. He collects curious, creative people in his life.
Mark has a wife he adores and three beautifully talented children.