MUSICIAN

Michael began his musical career in high school, playing bass guitar and piano with The PW Confederation (Farmingdale, NY) in the late '60's, with Joe Caprioglio and Jeff Baraban. Influences included the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, early Pink Flloyd (careful with that axe, Eugene), and Canned Heat.

He next performed musically as a member of the duo The Clerks, playing guitar next to Pete Shapiro's harmonica and guitar, in Fairfield County, CT. Influences included the Grateful Dead, Toots & the Maytals, and Frank Zappa.

In 1993, Michael appeared in the band Huge Voodoo as a percussionist in the MTV Unplugged episode, "Spoken Word I", performing with Reg E. Gaines and Maggie Estep, among others (http://unplugged.free.fr/unplugged3.php?unp=55).

From 1994 to 1997, Michael performed musically with several San Francisco area spoken word artists, especially Clair Blotter, providing melodic and rhythmic accompaniment on guitar, bass guitar, and percussion.

From 1995 to 1997, Michael co-founded and performed in The Consultants (San Rafael, CA) with Mike DeBiase, Larry Cohen, Bill Hood and others. Our big venues were The Whole Life Expo on several occasions. Influences included Santana, Ry Cooder, and Pink Flloyd's "The Wall".

From 1997 to 2000, Michael performed on guitar informally with Baktun 13 (Jamie Lavender & Heath Ulshafer) and then together with them as Channel (Oakland, CA). Influences included Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, trance and techno.

Here's an example of Channel's music with a photo Michael took on one of his vacations in Canada...

Lilypad Home

Michael also performed in the vocal-driven quartet Ostara.

From 2005 to 2007, Michael experimented as Mixmaster Mez with mixing samples together to create ambient and techno music, including:

Inner Lotus

Wizard Drive