Born in Manhattan, Ettinger started his musical life after taking piano lessons as a child. During his teens, he played keyboards and bass for a variety of local bands, including Joey Miserable and the Worms, The Special Guests, The Hues Blues Band, David Peel, and the Lower East Side. After studying music, philosophy, and literature at Columbia University, he received his master's degree in composition and conducting from Mannes College of Music. He stayed at Mannes for several years as a professor, until he was offered a job as a performer with the Flying Karamazov Brothers.
In 1998, Ettinger joined the Flying Karamazov Brothers, the world-famous four-man juggling troupe. Selected for his musical talents and theatrical experience, he was dubbed Alexei Karamazov. His first show as a Karamazov was the technology-based hit L'Universe. He has since performed in Catch!, Life: A Guide For The Perplexed, and the Orchestra Shows, in which he has acted as conductor for various orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony.
1. Excerpt - the Victrola Mix
2. Come Back Home
3. Into an Hourglass
4. Chester Town
5. Hey Darling
6. Do You Know the Way Home?
7. In the Shallows
8. How Can I Be Sad?
9. Flickering Flame
10. Strange Emotions
13. Feed Us All (Papa Ray)
14. Lay Your Cares Aside
15. No More Sorrow
16. In This World
In This World is co-produced by David Seitz (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Christine Lavin, Bruce Springsteen). Many renowned musicians join him on these recordings, including Steven Bernstein (Lou Reed), Kenny Wollesen (Norah Jones) and Doug Wieselman (Lucinda Williams).
What fellow musicians say about In This World:
“Mark Ettinger’s songs are expertly written and performed. Deceptively simple, with a warmth of whimsy, once they get into your head they will stay and you will by glad to have them. ” -- Jim Page, Northwest folksinger extraordinaire
"I suspect most people will immediately be caught up in the quality of Mark Ettinger's writing, and rightfully so. But what caught my ear listening to In This World was how smart and perfect the arrangements are. They are understated with various instrumentation giving a different color and texture to each song, always at the service of the song. The CD is a joy to listen to all the way through." -- Bill Morrissey, Internationally renowned singer/songwriter
Goldman Sachs is looking in-house to replace longtime mall-sales chief Mark Ettinger, who left in January to become president of Mills Corp.(The Grapevine)(Brief Article)
May 19, 2004; Goldman Sachs is looking in-house to replace longtime mall-sales chief Mark Ettinger, who left in January to become president of...