Biography

MARI FALCONE

composer/conductor/pianist/arranger/orchestrator/lyricist/playwright

Mari Falcone is a part of the creative team of the new musical CHASING MEM’RIES, currently having its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in LA; she has co-written new songs for the show with legendary lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

Among her other credits as a composer/lyricist: she composed THE GARDEN BALLET on a commission from the Florence Dance Company in Florence, Italy; her songs have been recorded by Deniece Williams, Herb Alpert, Haven, and Grammy-nominated gospel artist Helen Baylor; she wrote and produced Debby Boone’s album for children THE SNOW ANGEL; co-wrote the main theme (“All Right Day”) and wrote additional scoring for the film HOME RUN SHOWDOWN; and has written special material for a variety of artists, including Louise Duart, who featured Mari’s music in the revue CATSKILLS ON BROADWAY.

In addition, she worked in Italy writing music for Cinecittá and Rai Uno television, and has scored/written for film & TV projects including the documentary TOUCH THE SKY, JILLIAN’S VANTAGE (award-winner, Damah Film Festival) and THE SECRET LIFE OF BARRY’S WIFE (Showtime).

Mari is also a playwright with many performed works to her credit, including AN ORANGE IN GRIFFITH PARK, BURT AND HERB, BOXED UP, BETWEEN THE LINES, and NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS. Her work has been staged at numerous LA theaters. She is a founding member of At Rise, a Los Angeles-based playwriting collective dedicated to the development and presentation of new works by women writers; At Rise has collaborated extensively with Write Act Repertory and other theater companies in the Los Angeles area.

Mari toured as keyboardist, conductor, and/or musical director with Donna Summer, Amy Grant, Nell Carter, Debby Boone, Deniece Williams, and Vikki Carr. She also served as musical director for the Groundlings comedy troupe and INSTAPLAY, a musical improv group led by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner; was musical director/conductor for the Off-Broadway premiere of the musical MOBY DICK; worked on the musical EFX with Michael Crawford in Las Vegas, and the inaugural production of DENNIS THE MENACE: THE MUSICAL in St. Louis.

Among her recent projects, she did orchestrations for an upcoming recording project by singer Steve Tyrell, and produced a new recording project by Tony Award-winning singer/actress Lillias White.

She has released three solo CDs as a pianist/composer (AND ALL THIS, EMBRACE THE CROSS, and CHRISTMAS PEACE); her instrumental music is a blend of classical, pop, gospel and jazz influences.

Born and raised in Chicago, she earned her Masters degree in music (classical piano performance) from the University of Miami, a student of Rosalina Sackstein.