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Dichotomy
DICHOTOMY
Track Listings
Dichotomy No. 2 
   I. Prelude
  II. Rondoletto
Dichotomy No. 1
   I. Melodia
   II. Saltarello
Five Pieces in C
   I. Prelude (Paco's Lament)
  II. Karla Kristene
 III. Katherine
 IV. Zachary
  V. Self Portrait
Tempus Fugit
Triduum
   I. Communion
  II. Crucifixion
 III. Resurrection
DICHOTOMY—2015
The first of a three CD series, this particular recording is the third all-original solo project by Cruz. The 2nd movement from Dichotomy No. 1 uses a daring blend of rondo form and theme and variations. Dichotomy No. 2 was commissioned by guitar aficionado, Martin Olson, and features a Turina/Impressionistic inspired Prelude. Five Pieces in C is a light musical family portrait using like harmonic elements for unification among the movements. Tempus Fugit is a capricious guitar duet composed for the Hanser-McClellan duo. Triduum was commissioned by Brett Floyd and is a programmatic work based on the last three days of Christ—the unusual dissonant tuning for this piece underscores the weight of topic.


PIEZAS PARA EL MUNDO
Track Listings
Triptych No. 2
I. Esperanza spc  
II. Vínculacion 
III. Fandanguillo spc
Bachlava
The Portal
I. Questioning   
II. Enlightened
Six Contrapuntal Etudes
Tres Momentos Modernos
I. Spiritoso
II. Allegro Agitato
III. Movido
Introduction and Fantasie
Tribute in D Minor
I. Stern
II. Metheny
III. Scofield spc  
Divertimento
I. Rondo
II. Sonata
III. Air
IV. Capriccio

PIEZAS PARA EL MUNDO—2009
This is the second CD in Cruz's series of original compositions. Featured on the internationally syndicated radio show .Classical Guitar Alive' only two weeks after its release, Piezas Para El Mundo is sure to satisfy the critical ear and captivate the attention of all who love classical guitar music. This CD includes traditional style compositions but also explores a fusion of modern style with classical structure and symmetrical melodies. It also includes Cruz's composition 'Questioning' (from The Portal) as published by Soundboard Magazine.







Acoustic Interpretations
ACOUSTIC INTERPRETATIONS
Track Listings
Where the Streets Have No Name
Synchronicity II
The Trees
Love of My Life
Everlong
Take on Me
Rain Song
Folsom Prison Blues
Love Hurts
Somebody That I Used to Know
Penny Lane
Bridge Over Troubled Water
ACOUSTIC INTERPRETATIONS—2015
This recording was inspired by Mark's brother, Edgar, who has released a series of remarkable cover tune recordings throughout his career. This recording features a blend of some of Mark's best rock transcriptions and arrangements from the Beatles to progressive. Notably, Queen's Love of My Life lends itself beautifully to the guitar with its neo-Romantic style reminiscent of a Schubert art song while Rush's, The Trees, is well developed with contrasting sections and odd meters. Cruz takes the most liberty with the opening U2 track by reinterpreting it as a ballad, incorporating new material and employing chord substitutions with a dash of impressionism..


PEQUENAS PIEZAS PARA MI PADRE
Track Listings
Florinda  
Magdalena
Triste
Plomotor
Jardin de Cacto
Socorrospc  
Danza para Amparo spacer  
Herminia
Alvarado
Dos Cantantes
Nona
Matehuala
Real de Catorce spacer  
Vinculacion
San Miguel de Allende
No. 60
No. 54
No. 58
No. 57
Fuego y Lluvia
Prelude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Bouree
Gigue
Zachary’s Welcome

PEQUEÑAS PIEZAS PARA MI PADRE—2004
As a young man, Mark was encouraged by his father to compose for the guitar. His father would also insist “always write it down so that your work will not go to waste”. Twenty-five years after hearing his father’s words, Mark pays tribute to him in this collection of all-original solo guitar works influenced by Spanish, classical, baroque and tonal twentieth-century music.


Fuzz
FUZZ
Track Listings
Bounce  
Fuzz
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Komputer
Another Time Perhaps
In Tension
The Wrath of Steve Summer
Define Love
Ryan
FUZZ—1996
Fuzz is a collection of all-original contemporary jazz compositions. Unlike his solo guitar recordings, this CD captures Mark in rare form with his electric guitar performing funk, samba, traditional, ballads and rock influenced jazz. Mark is accompanied by Brian Gorrell on sax and keyboards, Mike Walker on drums, Todd Lawton on bass, Woody Lingle on bass, Victor Rook on bass and Gary Clardy on sax.

Ornaments
ORNAMENTS
Track Listings
Listen to Samples
The Christmas Song
March of the Toys
Theme & Variations on God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
What Child is This/Greensleeves
White Christmas
Angels We Have Heard on High
Little Drummer Boy
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Theme & Variations on Good King Wenceslas
We Three Kings
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
My Favorite Things
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Theme & Variations on Coventry Carol
Mary, Did You Know?
ORNAMENTS— 2015
Cruz's very first recording was a Christmas collection titled, In the Key of Christmas (1995). Time has given him the luxury of improving his Christmas catalog by expanding on existing interpretations while adding new ones to offer this new definitive solo guitar collection.


Hymnody Vol. II
HYMNODY VOLUME II
Track Listings
Morning Has Broken
God, Our Father, We Adore You
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
In The Garden
Theme & Variation on Fairest Lord Jesus
It Is Well With My Soul
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus spacer
Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Rejoice, The Lord is KingThou Almighty King

HYMNODY VOLUME II— 2001
An extension of Hymnody, Hymnody Volume II proves that new ideas are not intangible. Echo effects, Irish influence, variations, Spanish rasgueados, snare drum emulation, imitative writing and Travis picking all contribute to this well rounded recording of hymn arrangements for solo guitar. This recording is also available through Amazon.com


Hymnody
HYMNODY
Track Listings
All Creatures of our God and King
Christ, the Lord is Risen Today
Be Thou My Vision
Amazing Grace
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Holy, Holy, Holyspc  
Softly and Tenderly
How Great Thou Art
A Mighty Fortress is our God
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Just as I Am
Doxology spcspc
HYMNODY— 1999
Finding his way back home after a long departure from classical music, Mark returns to his nylon stringed instrument and follows his spiritual urge to arrange hymns for solo guitar. All selections are well developed, creative and inspired works.

“I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the “Hymnody” recording by Mark Anthony Cruz. I appreciate his fine arrangements and playing of them. It is rare to hear hymn arrangements of this quality.”

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Christopher Parkening, world renowned recording and concert guitarist — Burbank, California


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