Mark Wood (left) and Dominick PagesCrystal Blue Sound Studios Owner Dominick Pages served this past weekend as the Front of House Engineer and Audio Director for an event led by a musical innovator.  “Electrified Violins” was put on by Mark Wood, who is a recording artist, performer, producer, inventor, Emmy-winning composer, and – as exemplified by this project – a music education advocate.

The event – a video clip of which accompanies this article – featured students from Hillsborough County participating in a clinic on Friday and a concert the next day, when some 1,200 people were in attendance at New Hope United Methodist Church.

“I was extremely impressed with Mark and his vision and this project,” Pages said.  “I loved the synergy, being involved with an initiative like this, which coincides with the mentoring I’m doing at Crystal Blue Sound Studios with young performers.

“Mark, of course, is a true professional and his worldly experience showed in how smoothly the event ran.”

Wood has been called the “Les Paul of the violin world,” having invented the first solid body electric violin and holding the patent for the first self-supporting violin.  He has appeared alongside Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion, and Kanye West and has toured with Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, and Roger Daltry.  Wood has performed at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Madison Square Garden and Shea Stadium.

The opportunity to work with Wood on the event this past weekend came as a result of the role that Pages fills for New Hope United Methodist.  His duties there are in sync with an annual project for another area church and, like Wood, the desire by Pages to give back to the community, having done sound reinforcement for 20 years now at Nativity Catholic Church’s “Novemberfest,” which is their biggest fundraiser of the year and the third-largest social event of its kind in the county.

Pages concluded, “It was a blessing to work with Mark Wood.  His reach is so extensive that I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in the Tampa Bay area again.  I would welcome the opportunity to join forces with him again.”