contact name: Debra Mueller Management
James Taylor, Bob Marley, Cat Stevens
Instrumental: Will Ackerman
MN State Arts Board, Duluth Depot Outreach, Young Audiences, Composers Forum, BMI
A unique creation of music leaves audiences mesmerized blending rich vocals, guitar, bamboo and glass flutes and bring compelling energy: acoustic folk and jazzy reggae.
2005 Simple Life recording released a collection of acoustic tunes inspired by life in the Northland...followed a regional Emmy for "Soaring on Mended Wings" a KSTP Jason Davis ON THE ROAD special about the UofM Raptor Center.
2003 Chased By The Light released featuring the music he composed, performed and recorded for the award winning Aurora Pictures documentary, Chased By The Light: A Photographic Journey With Jim Brandenburg" featured across the nation on PBS and in Canada on CBC.The documentary received 6 national Awards of Excellence, three for original music. The film has also received a nomination for a regional Emmy as was invited to show at "Planet in Focus" the Toronto Environmental Film Festival. His recent “In Concert with Nature” Guthrie Theater collaboration with Jim Brandenburg was a highly acclaimed visual and musical experience.
Michael's 2002 "IF", was recorded at his solar powered log cabin MisTree Studio, on the North Shore of Lake Superior featuring Marc Anderson, Ed Willet (CHANCE) and Erik Naslund as well as portraits of Michael by Jim Brandenburg. "Fully at peace with his subtle, yet expressively powerful, delivery", said the feature Duluth News Tribune article about his life in the woods. Abandin My Own Mind, 2000, was recorded at Minnesota Public Radio "Live in Grand Marais" broadcast. His 1997 solar powered recording, "as far as i can see", was a TOP TEN MN Star Tribune recording, "A work of art straight from the heart." and nominated "Best Indie" recording by the Minnesota Music Academy. Twice In One Day blends expressive lyrics with an "island sound”, as his two month U.S. Virgin Island gig led to a two year stay and connection to the reggae music. Summer Rain, his second LP/Vinyl originally recorded in 1980 and reviewed this May in Music Magazine a Japanese music publication.
From vinyl to digital, Michael is now in his fourth decade of performing nationally in concert, festival, corporate and educational settings. His first paid performance was in New Jersey for 4000 people and he recorded his first demo at Paul Stookey's (of Peter Paul and Mary) "chicken coop" studio in South Blue Hill, Maine. Schools feature his musical and environmental programs, as part of the Minnesota State Arts Board, Young Audiences of Minnesota and Duluth Depot Outreach Rosters. He brings his portable solar powered set up from Minnesota to the California Capitol Steps for "Clean Power Day" serving to educate audiences about renewable resources. Michael has been a fiscal recipient of several McKnight and ARAC awards for his music. Corporations find that his performance and lyrics add heart and soul to their national conferences...and Michael loves to bring all his toys to work!
-National Videoography Award of Excellence, for National PBS Documentary, "Chased By The Light: A Photgraphic Journey With Jim Brandenburg
-National Telly Award of Excellence, for National PBS Documentary, "Chased By The Light: A Photgraphic Journey With Jim Brandenburg
-Top Ten Star Tribune Recording
-MN Music Award Nominee: Best Independent Recording
-2001 McKnight Music Fellowship Finalist
-1999, 2000 Arrowhead Regional Arts
Fiscal Recipient/Fellowship and Career Opp Grants
-2001 MN State Arts Board Performing Artist Roster
-2001 Young Audiences Roster Artist
-2001 Duluth Depot Outreach Roster Artist
-1997 Top Finalist South Florida Songwriter Festival
-1994 Nominated National Association Campus Activities Entertainment Award
-2003 "In Concert With Nature", Guthrie Theater Collaboration with Jim Brandenburg
92003 North House Unplugged featuring, Paul Williams, Bernie Leadon, Jon Vezner and Michael Monroe
-2003 Keynote performer LIFETOUCH Corporation National Conference, San Fransisco, CA
-2002 North House Unplugged featuring, Michael McDonald, Bernie Leadon, Jon Vezner and Michael Monroe
-2002 Keynote performer LIFETOUCH Corporation National Conference, Minneapolis, MN
-2000 Jim Brandenburg Gallery Opening, Concert
-2000 Keynote Performer Carlson International Business Conference- Palm Springs, CA
-2001 & 1999 MN Rural Initiative Conference Presentations, Duluth
-1998 MN Alliance With Youth-Colin Powell, Vice President Al Gore MPLS MN
-1994-1998 MN Attorney General's "Students Are Concerned Conferences", St. Cloud, MN
-1986 "Strings of the Mountains" Steamboat Springs, CO
-Solar Powered Performances:
--1996-2001 Earth Week Programming: University of Minnesota, Hamline, Century College & Normandale
--2001 Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland, MN
--2001 Lake Elmo Park Reserve Visitor Appreciation Day
--2000 Blue Heron, Vashon Island Allied Performing Arts, Seattle, WA
--1999 Mall of America's "Ecommunity"
--1999 America Recycles Day Apple Valley, MN
--1998-1999 University of Minnesota Raptor Center's Bird Releases
--"Clean Power Day", Steps of the Capitol, Sacramento, CA 1997
--1997 Featured Presenter, Environmental Issues Forum, Warner Nature Center
Summer Concert Series:
St. Anthony Main Summer Concerts and Riverplace Summer Concerts, Minnesota Zoo Summer Concerts, Music On The Waterfront, Stillwater, MN, Lake Harriet, Little Canada, Camden, River Rendezvous & Summer Fete- BLMT, University of Minnesota-Northrup at Noon, Nicollet, Waseca , Nicollet Island Amphitheatres and Nokomis Series, St.Louis Park, Richfield, Anoka, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Lake Phalen, Eagan, River Falls & Hudson, WI
Grand Marais, Minneapolis Aquatennial, Duluth, Apple Valley and St. Louis Park.
-Our Singing Wilderness, with Pat Surface, 2003
-Antler Bear Kazoo, A North Shore Collaboration with Maryl Skinner and Betsy Bowen, 2002
-North Shore Music Association Sampler, 2001
-Northland Acoustic Music Sampler, vol.1 1999 The best of the Northland's acoustic musicians.
-1999 Grand Marais Art Colony Calendar: "as far as i can see" and "Twice In One Day" lyrics were chosen to inspire artists in their rendition for each month's calendar art selections.
-Featured on the Oasis #5 & #28 Sampler 1997+2001 recordings, sent out to radio stations nationally.
-Fitger's Brewhouse Sampler, 1999
Brandenburg Gallery, Ely& Luverne, MN
Buffalo Fish Fine Arts, WIllmar MN
Mostly not in galleries but have performed all over Midwest hovering in MN...
Guthrie Theater, Jeune Lune, various clubs and educational settings...
MN State Arts Board Artist Roster since 2000
Young Audiences of MN Roster since 2000
Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN
Cook County News Herald, Grand Marais MN
Cook County Star, Grand Marais, MN
Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN
Lake Superior Magazine, MN
Dirty Linen Magazine
City Pages/Reader, Twin Cities, MN
The Edge/Wellness, Twin Cities, MN
Country of Citizenship:
November 20, 1952
Live:North Shore/Lake Superior, Perform Nationally