The New York Daily News - May 1992
Making His Mark in Ragtime
For his doctoral thesis at Columbia University, Mark Birnbaum composed a little
thing entitled "Composition for 13 Instruments," which musically is a far piece
from what he is playing now. "I'm into ragtime bigtime,"
he says. "I love it."
Birnbaum, 39 plays it Monday through Thursday at Rossini's, in midtown
Manhattan, and Friday and Saturday at Charmont, on
the West Side.
This is a big ragtime year. Most historians agree it's the 100th anniversary of
the first published rag - "Pallet on the Floor." Birnbaum says he is one