Mark Segger


After many adventures further afield, Mark Segger recently moved back to his hometown, Edmonton, where he is active on many fronts. Mark makes frequent appearances with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and New Music Edmonton, leads the Experimental Improvisation Ensemble (XImE) at U of A and teaches Tonal Harmony at King’s University. He is a Killam Scholar at the University of Alberta (U of A), with a Doctor of Music degree in composition forthcoming.

Mark received a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto, and studied drum set with Canadian jazz legend Terry Clarke. He furthered his musical development at SIM (School for Improvised Music) in Brooklyn, and at the Banff Centre Jazz Workshop. Mark has performed with many improvisers, including Lina Allemano, Jane Bunnett, Dave Burrell, and Steve Swell; and he toured the world with West Side Story. He has released two critically acclaimed recordings with the Toronto-based Mark Segger Sextet, The Beginning (2011) and Lift Off (2020). Mark recently composed ASMR (2022) for Saxophone Quartet, commissioned by the Proteus Saxophone Quartet. A composer he is particularly into at the moment is Peter Ablinger. Mark has his picture on the wall at Sama Curry in Hong Kong for finishing a bowl at spice level 30.