First-Call Brooklyn Jazz Drummer Mark Ferber to Appear on the Jihye Lee Orchestra’s ‘Daring Mind’

The South Korean composer’s sophomore album reflects her New York state of mind

On the Drums…
2 min readJan 25, 2021

Mark Ferber is a member of Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, the Marc Copland trio, the Brad Shepik Organ Trio, and his twin brother Alan Ferber’s Grammy nominated big band and nonet. Ferber’s also a highly prized freelancer, and recently Motéma Music announced his inclusion on Daring Mind, a large-ensemble jazz album by South Korean composer, vocalist, and bandleader Jihye Lee, which hits March 26.

As a follow up to her widely acclaimed 2017 debut April, Daring Mind presents selections from Lee’s “Mind” Series, including her BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize–winning “Unshakable Mind” and her Manny Albam commission “Revived Mind.” The album reflects her struggles, doubts, joys, and hopes while living in New York City. “My goal is to invite listeners into my creative world,” says Lee, “to relate to my stories, and to reflect on the truth that as humans, we share similar struggles and triumphs regardless of where we come from. It is my hope that we can create genuine connections with each other through art.”

“It’s abundantly clear that Jihye put every ounce of herself into this project,” Ferber tells On the Drums…. “That kind of dedication and investment reflects in the focus of the performance and the quality of the music.”

Ferber’s past work also includes tours and recordings with Lee Konitz, Gary Peacock, Don Byron, and Fred Hersch, among others.