HIGH POINT, N.C., June 10, 2014 – Mark Mazzatenta, instructor of guitar at High Point University, received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council’s Central Piedmont Regional Artist program to record a jazz CD with his twin brother, Mike Mazzatenta.
To be eligible for the grant, artists were challenged to submit a project proposal with samples of their work and a description of their career development plans. Proposals were evaluated on criteria such as artistic excellence, professional commitment and project feasibility.
The $1,410 grant covered travel expenses and recording time at a recording studio in Winston-Salem. Mike Mazzatenta, a music instructor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona, traveled to North Carolina from Phoenix in May, and the two rehearsed on campus at HPU before recording nine original tracks for their new “Mazz Brothers Duo” record. They estimate the CD will be available by August.
Mark Mazzatenta also received the same grant in 2010, which he used to make a CD recording with his band Mazzjazz, entitled “Time for You.” The band, consisting of the two twins, a drummer and a bassist, plays original, contemporary jazz and has performed on the HPU campus.
Starting when they were only 9 years old, the brothers have played music together since the 1970s.
“The best thing about having a twin brother who is also a professional musician is that I always have someone to bounce musical ideas off of,” says Mark Mazzatenta. “And since I know his playing so well, I can write music tailored to his style. We have gotten really good at recording songs in one or two takes, where the both of us really match each other’s tempo, phrasing and expression.”
About the Program
The Regional Artist Project Grant program is designed to support visual, performing, literary and interdisciplinary individual artists at all career stages to pursue projects furthering their professional artistic development. The program is presented by the Alamance County Arts Council, Caswell Council for the Arts, High Point Area Arts Council, Randolph Arts Guild, Rockingham County Arts Council and ArtsGreensboro, with funding from the NC Arts Council.