Born: February 2, 1979
Michael Janisch is an electric & double bassist, composer, bandleader, producer, promoter, professor of music and record label owner originally from the USA now based in London, England. His multitude of talents across the music industry have seen him become one of the most active and in-demand musicians of his generation as well as a lynchpin figure between US & European artists.
As a bassist he’s known for his versatility, energy and passion for playing time and groove with authenticity and dedication, no matter the context. As a keen improviser he has been described as ‘virtuosic and emphatic’ (The Guardian) and Bass Musician Magazine asserts “Janisch is one of the few bass players out there who plays both electric and upright with equal facility, passion and musicality.” In addition to performing, Michael is a Professor of Double Bass at the Trinity Conservatoire of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and regularly performs masterclasses at universities and festivals around the world....
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“Awesomely virtuosic double bass” The Guardian
“Michael Janisch is a commanding bassist, who brings a sinewy thrust to the ensemble with masterful agility.” Downbeat Magazine
“Janisch leads his quintet on a rip-roaring ride, doling out heavy grooves, tasty walking lines and melody by the bucketful. Like all good bassists, he knows when to sit back and let the lead instruments have their spot.” Bass Guitar Magazine
“Janisch is one of the few bass players out there who plays both electric and upright with equal facility, passion and musicality.” Bass Musician Magazine
“The bassist Michael Janisch, outstanding throughout in partnership with the drummer Jeff Williams, is featured at length on “Bilbao Song”, showing himself to be one of a new breed of player (along with Thomas Morgan and Larry Grenadier) whose renunciation of the desire to play faster, higher and ever more intricate lines acts to the great benefit of the music.” The Blue Moment
“Janisch seizes the instrument with a blend of speed and energy as if he wants to be melody, harmony and rhythm all at once.” The Telegraph
“A bassist everyone with ears seems to want.” The Buffalo News
“Janisch himself is a tower of strength, as he always is, providing the harmonic core, some of the most melodic bass playing in jazz.” Bebop Spoken Here
“Michael Janisch has created the music of “now”—that is music in the immediacy of the present...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundMichael Janisch is a highly regarded educator and clinician and is currently a Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music & Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. Michael is available for masterclasses while touring, as are his ensembles.
Clinic/Workshop InformationMichael Janisch's workshops focus on topics including musical entrepreneurship, ensemble performance, composition, improvisation, group interaction, rhythm section guidance and plain old music making.