Mark Neil Balson
…is a multidisciplinary designer currently working in Palma de Mallorca at Atlas with Astrid Stravo and Pablo Martin. Balson’s speciality is editorial design – he’s recently worked on Elephant Magazine’s redesign with the Atlas team (you can read more from Elephant here), and has applied his measured, thoughtful style to the likes of Momentum magazine, Interfaces Magazine and identity work for the wonderfully named photographer No Secrets Between Sailors.
This composer and songwriter was regarded as one of the foremost experts on African-American spirituals and choral music. Born in North Carolina, his grandparents had been slaves. His early talent in music led him to Tufts University and then to New York’s Juilliard School, one of the best music schools in the US. His early career involved arranging choral work for the movies, before starting a 30-year collaboration with Russian composer Dimitri Tiomkin, which involved composing spirituals and other pieces of music for Hollywood. He even starred in a number of films including To Kill a Mocking Bird (1662), In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Being John Malkovich (1999).