Mare started playing piano at age 3, and at age 5 was featured on Iowa City Public Television playing piano with an orchestra. Mare attended Indiana University, studying jazz piano, and went on to receive an M.A. at William Paterson in composition and jazz arranging, studying with Jim McNeely. In 2006 Mare was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and in 2007 had music premiered at the Renee Weiler Concert Hall. In the summer of 2009 Mare opened up for Mos Def (now known as Yasiin Bey), playing keyboard with the singer Lilla D’Mone. Mare was a recipient of the 2011 Young Jazz Composers Awards and played piano at the Aaron Davis Hall with the Tamar-Kali Group. In 2012, Mare played accordion and synthesizer in the pit for the Broadway musical, Evita. Mare was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre, Harold Arts, and ElMERGE. In the Fall of 2013, Mare went on tour in Europe for 7 weeks, playing and creating sound installations for Tara Rynders’s project: You and Me. In 2014, Mare had the opportunity to accompany Josephine Foster at the Manhattan Inn, and released a solo cd, Built on Water, of all original songs for voice and piano. Mare was a fellow in the Hemispheric Institute’s 2015 EMERGENYC program, and made a video on gentrification, entitled White Out. In 2016, The Berger Siblings released a cd, Maybe So, featuring Mare’s original songs. In 2017, Mare’s short film, White Out, was chosen to be in the Fair Play Film Festival in Miami, Florida. Mare started and co-directed The Moon Choir, a choir featuring queer and trans people plus allies. Mare had the honor to play at the Jazz Standard in January, 2018 with Arthur Vint and the Associates. From 2014-2018 Mare curated a performance series, The Moon Show, which promoted queer, trans and other underrepresented artists. In June of 2018 Mare’s song cycle for string quartet + voices premiered at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn. Mare recently played at The Bitter End with the NY Songwriters Circle. After studying extensively and playing Classical, Jazz, Brazilian, Balkan, and Experimental styles, Mare now likes to write dreamy, hopeful songs of justice.
Mare’s prose has been published in Tom Tom Magazine and The Body is Not an Apology and currently teaches songwriting and piano all around Brooklyn. Mare believes in the importance of collaboration as a way of fighting fascism and oppression, and facilitates regular workshops encouraging people to imagine together: Collective Songwriting for Collective Liberation.