Born: June 20, 1976 Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor/leader
Michael George Gonzalez delivers a fresh sound with a classic quality that pays homage to the legacy of American music. His sultry voice and prolific guitar playing engage the ear with creative phrasing and thoughtful dynamics.
Michael was born and raised in New York. The rich history and diverse cultural influences fostered his exploration of musical creativity. From an early age Michael was active in the arts; playing trumpet, singing in choir, and performing musical theater.
At 20, he picked up with guitar and began writing songs. He studied music composition and jazz studies at North Seattle CC under Carol Sams and jazz studies with Fred Radke (Harry James Orchestra). He attended the PNW Film Score Institute in Seattle to study with film and television composer Hummie Mann (2 Emmy Awards). In addition he spent two years in private study with legendary bassist and composer Chuck Israels (Bill Evans Trio). Currently Michael is mentored by master guitarist, drummer, and composer Milo Petersen.
For the past 15 years he has worked as a professional throughout North America. Now based in the Pacific NW where he performs, composes, and teaches privately. He is devoted to his community serving as President of the Bellingham Independent Music Association 501(c)(3), volunteering to perform at regional farmer's markets, and school/youth outreach programs.
Awards:Bill Muncie Memorial Music Scholarship (2 times)
This guy could be the next Antonio Carlos Jobim. (Fred Radke - Harry James Orchestra)
Michael is an excellent vocalist. (Don Ellegood - University of Washington Press)
An awe-inspiring and talented musician. (Entertainment News NW)
- A soloist with the presence of an ensemble... a remarkable performer. (Fingerlakes Times)
Stargroove Collective - ASCAP
2. Lovin' Machine
4. Mood Indigo
6. New Shade
7. Ballard Ballad
Michael George Gonzalez: vocals/guitars/cuatro/composer/arranger
Quinn Lawrence: saxophone/trumpet
Nestor Ortiz: percussion
Neil Dreger: bass
Mike Reed: drums
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Michael George Gonzalez has been performing since the age of 9. Now for the past 15 years he has worked as a professional musician performing, recording, and teaching throughout North America. He studied music composition and jazz studies at North Seattle CC under Fred Radke (Harry James Orchestra). He also attended the PNW Film Score Institute to study with 2-time Emmy winner, Hummie Mann. In addition he spent two years in private study with legendary bassist and composer Chuck Israels (Bill Evans Trio). Currently Michael is mentored by master guitarist, drummer, and composer Milo Petersen. He is also devoted to his community serving as president of the Bellingham Independent Music Association, volunteering to perform at regional farmer's markets, and school/youth outreach programs. This combination of education and professional experience make him uniquely suited to teach beginner to advanced students. His approach is rooted in fundamentals like note reading and rhythm excercises, but also with attention to each student's creativity. - Music Fundamentals - Guitar - Music Theory - Composition - Improvisation - Music Biz 101 - Self-Promotions - Mentoring Lesson Options One-to-One Instruction | $40 Private hour long lessons with Michael. He will develop a custom plan unique to your individual goals. Group Instruction (2-5 students) | $15/person Take lessons with a friend, sibling, or spouse. Having a partner to practice with helps to encourage progress and makes learning fun. Band Camp | $150 Michael will come to your live shows, recording studio, or rehearsal space to help you refine your sound. Tighten up intros and endings. Add theory knowledge to improve your sound and increase your fans. Get the most out of your equipment. Improve your social media and web presence. Learn how to market yourself.
These are developed on a case by case basis. Call Michael discuss your ideas and he'll develop a program and help with the marketing and promotions.