Michael Janisch

Born: February 2, 1979    Primary Instrument: Bass

Michael Janisch

Michael Janisch is an electric & double bassist, composer, bandleader, producer, promoter 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.

Janisch has become known for his warm and powerful bass sounds, virtuosic yet unorthodox technique, engaging improvisations and a very open yet supportive approach towards ensemble playing, and he can be heard as a bassist on over two hundred albums to date. Michael currently holds the Professor of Double Bass position at the Trinity Conservatoire of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and gives masterclasses at universities and festivals around the world....
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For 'Purpose Built' (Debut Album):
Best Debut Albums List (Critics Poll) 2010, The Village Voice
Best Albums List of 2010, Blues & Soul Magazine
Best Debut Albums List of 2010, Bass Musician Magazine
Best Albums List of 2010, Jazz Mann
Best Jazz Album of 2010, BBC Radio (NI)
“Michael Janisch is a commanding bassist, who brings a sinewy thrust to the ensemble with masterful agility.” Downbeat 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. Mr. Janisch is articulate in his muscular opening and what follows his challenge to dig deep is as mighty a response to his consonant and dissonant overture. Of course, this is the Michael Janisch that is heard throughout the record, pushing the drummer and the pianist to throw down gauntlets to the other soloists.” Latin Jazz Network

“One of the most inventive cross-border bandleaders to have recently arrived on the scene.” The Guardian

“Exceptional creativity, brilliant musicianship and compositional intensity are what bassist/composer Michael Janisch is all about, [Purpose Built] is the complete package.” JazzTimes

“Impressive from beginning to end, Purpose Built goes a long way to building a sturdy foundation from which Janisch will undoubtedly carve out a long career in jazz. Excellent musicianship, intelligent compositions and an authoritative approach to the music, makes this recording an unquestionable success. Hopefully there is more where Purpose Built came from, because intelligent, full-bodied music like this is what jazz needs to succeed in this new century.” All About Jazz

“Contributions like Janisch’s – both as bassist and as producer – to the musical life of our great city are beyond price.” London Jazz

“American bassist Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind label is fast becoming a major player.” The Guardian

Michael Janisch Leader Discography

2008: The TransAtlantic Collective (Co-Leader)
Patrick Cornelius, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Collins, Trumpet
Kristjan Randalu, Piano
Michael Janisch, Double Bass
Paul Wiltgen, Drums

2010: Purpose Built (Debut Solo Album)
Jason Palmer, Trumpet
Paul Booth, Tenor Saxophone
Walter Smith III, Tenor Saxophone
Patrick Cornelius, Alto Saxophone
Mike Moreno, Guitar
Phil Robson, Guitar
Aaron Goldberg, Piano
Jim Hart, Vibraphone
Michael Janisch, Electric & Double Bass
Johnathan Blake, Drums

2013: BANNED IN LONDON (Co-Leader)
Featuring The Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet:
Aruan Ortiz, Piano
Michael Janisch, Double Bass
Greg Osby, Saxophone
Raynald Colom, Trumpet
Rudy Royston, Drums

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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Michael 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 Information:
Michael Janisch's workshops focus on topics including musical entrepreneurship, ensemble performance, composition, improvisation, group interaction, rhythm section guidance and plain old music making.

AMT Microphones, D'Adario Strings, (double and electric) Pirastro Strings (double bass) Fender Electric Basses Planet Wave Cables Boss Pedals

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Events Calendar

Date Venue Ticket
Apr19 Hospitalfield House
Apr22 The Forge Arts Venue
London, NW1, UK
Apr23 Jazzahead! Fair, Festival, Showcase
Bremen, Germany
Apr24 Jazzahead! Fair, Festival, Showcase
Bremen, Germany
Apr25 Jazzahead! Fair, Festival, Showcase
Bremen, Germany
Apr25 Eden Court
Apr26 Jazzahead! Fair, Festival, Showcase
Bremen, Germany

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