Michael Musillami, guitarist/composer
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About
Critics have called guitarist/composer Michael Musillami “a superior guitarist” (John McDonough, DownBeat), “an adroit and creative musician” (Michael J. West, JazzTimes) and “a fine composer of notable original music” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide). For more than 25 years, he has worked extensively as a performer, bandleader/composer and educator. In addition to his flagship trio with Joe Fonda and George Schuller, he has earned critical notice as the leader of groups ranging from duo to octet featuring such prominent collaborators as Cameron Brown, Thomas Chapin, Drew Gress, Mario Pavone, Michael Sarin and Matt Wilson. He is also the longtime Director of Jazz Studies at The Hotchkiss School and founder/director of the esteemed Playscape Recordings label, which has released more than 40 distinctive recordings over the past decade.
Booking
COMPANY OF HEAVEN
Andreas Scherrer
523-525 W 152 Street, Suite #51
New York, NY, 10031, USA
email: info@companyofheaven.com
phone & fax = (001)212-281.9785
mobile phone = (001)347-210.9617
 
Reviews
The percussion of Satoshi Takeishi and Ben Allison's bass are beautifully understated to allow the complexities of this music to shine.
— Elliot Simon, AllAboutJazz-New York
Well worth a listen.
— Stuart Kremsky, IAJRC Journal
Christensen and company are all about making beautifully accessible yet adventurous music. Just as bassist Ben Allison has been doing in his own groups, Christensen expands the definition of jazz from a small group to a chamber ensemble and a spontaneous poetry band. Eccentric music becomes an original vision when it is as smart and inviting as this disc.
— Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com
From delicate ballads to angular choruses and ethnically-infused melodic lines, saxophonist Tom Christensen's music is always exciting.
— Sound Tracks, NewMusicBox
Paths is certainly an artistic endeavor of the highest order. Each of the horn players sacrifices themselves during the coordinated ensemble passages to create a unified sound, but then emerge as individual artists with something unique to say during their respective solos. From the succinct, but equally important, rhythmic and harmonic interjections of bassist Ben Allison, to the colorful rhythmic tapestries of sound created by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, the ensemble is able to freely create as individuals, while projecting a collective musical picture with each ingredient contributing to the overall final product.
— Frank Bongiorno, Saxophone Journal
For all its inventiveness, spirit and sense of fun, the Art Ensemble of Chicago's influence is heard too little these days. Tom Christensen's band...does its best to set that right.
— James Hale, Coda
Multi-reedman Tom Christensen, covers a lot of musical terrain on his second release as a leader. The group spans world music, free-Bop, Ornette Coleman type harmolodics and more. By the end of the day, it becomes outwardly apparent that Christensen possesses the goods to be a major force within the global modern jazz arena. Strongly recommended.
— Glenn Astarita, All Music Guide
...a remarkably varied, original, and arresting work.
— Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe
 
Discography
Pictures
Michael Musillami & Peter Madsen
10.06.2020
Dig, (music inspired by and dedicated to Bill Evans)
Michael Musillami & Rich Syracuse
10.01.2019
Life Anthem
Michael Musillami Trio +2
05.01.2018
Bird Calls
Michael Musillami & Rich Syracuse
10.31.2017
Of the Night
Michael Musillami & Rich Syracuse
10.01.2016
Zephyr
Michael Musillami Trio
10.06.2015
Pride (2 CD)
Michael Musillami Trio w/ Kris Davis, Jimmy Greene & Mark Feldman
09.16.2014
Mettle
Michael Musillami Trio + 4
02.07.2012
Old Tea
Michael Musillami Trio
04.27.2010
From Seeds
Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05.19.2009
The Treatment
Michael Musillami Trio w/ Mark Feldman
09.25.2007
Fragile Forms
Michael Musillami's Dialect
09.12.2006
Dachau
Michael Musillami Trio
09.06.2005
Spirits
Michael Musillami Octet
09.07.2004
Those Times
Michael Musillami Quartet
12.02.2003
Beijing
Michael Musillami Trio
05.27.2003
Pivot
Michael Musillami/Mario Pavone Quintet
12.03.2002
Part Pitbull
Michael Musillami (with Peter Madsen)
04.19.2002
Op-Ed
Mario Pavone/Michael Musillami Quartet
07.22.2001
Motion Poetry
Mario Pavone/Michael Musillami Quartet
05.01.2001
Event #6
Ted Levine
02.02.2001
Archives
Michael Musillami featuring Thomas Chapin
01.05.2001
Perception
Michael Musillami with the Playscape Quintet
01.05.2001
Mar's Bars
Michael Musillami featuring Thomas Chapin
02.15.2000
Groove Teacher
Michael Musillami featuring Thomas Chapin
02.15.2000