Primary Instrument: Guitar
Born into a musical family, Mike has always been immersed in music. He has been playing guitar since he was 7 and his early influences include Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Mike also studied classical piano for 13 years, performing in dozens of recitals and competitions. He won the Nicholas Flagello piano competition in 2000 and 2001. Drawn to improvised music from an early age, studies with legend John Patitucci during late high school sparked Mike’s interest in jazz.
A self-taught guitarist for 10 years, during the last several years, Mike has studied primarily with Bruce Dunlap, John Patitucci, Adam Rogers, Vic Juris, Jamie Begian and Ethan Mann, and also with Kenny Werner, Claudia Villela, John Abercrombie and Oren Fader. Mike recorded original music on multiple occasions with renowned producer Bob Thiele in Los Angeles; those recordings led to his national television debut in 2004. In 2007, Mike performed original compositions at the Pelham Music Festival, at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and at Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center.
Mike currently leads The Mike Rood Communion, which performs avidly in the New York area and has featured such musicians as Mike Bjella, Colin Stranahan, Rick Rosato, Chris Tordini, Tommy Crane, Alex Spradling, Goh Izawa, Arthur Hnatek, Rogerio Boccato, and Glenn Zaleski. The group has appeared at such New York venues as Iridium, Fat Cat, Tea Lounge, Puppets Jazz Bar, Spike Hill, Sweet Rhythm, The Triad Theater, Shrine, and The Living Room, as well as GiG Performance Space, Vanessie, and Vernon's Jazz Club in New Mexico, and the Bern Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland. Since its formation in 2008, the group has developed a captivating and provocative sound and style, with influences ranging from contemporary jazz, classical chamber music, progressive rock, and an array of world musics.
Mike attended Western Connecticut State University for two years and recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where he studied with John Patitucci, Adam Rogers, Vic Juris & Marc Copland.
“Sparse settings of relative quietude and lively demonstrations of technical sophistication and motion… The group engages in devilish interplay as they create interlocking parts that move in different and surprising ways… Rood's work is brimming with thoughtfulness, sophistication and musical maturity.” - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
“One of the best and brightest of the new generation of instrumental jazz-fusion guitarists… Mike Rood is a master at conjuring spacey, hypnotic guitar grooves that take the listener on a stimulating sonic journey.” - MusicWeb Express
“Every inch the well raised child prodigy, Rood is a current master of sitting down music that demands your attention, and he’s just starting out. This is a cat you want to be able to say you knew all about back in the day ten years from now.” - Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review
“A richly beautiful and inspiring first outing…Can't wait to hear more from this talented guitarist.” - St. Joseph News Press
“Brilliant playing…a perfect harmony that sounds like a group without egos…An artist to look out for in the coming years.” - This Is Book’s Music
“Rood's guitar playing is exquisite, having the musical range of intimate lyrical phrasings to exciting powerful lines in his improvising.” - JazzPage
Mike's sound on the guitar is rich and beautiful, and his compositions are thoughtful, colorful, sensitive and dynamic. He has assembled a quartet of young, like-minded and gifted players that also share his sensitivity, subtlety, and appreciation of tonal shadings and rhythmic variety. It is unusual to hear a debut recording from a young musician that has this level of lyricism, maturity, and is this well recorded. - John Patitucci, The Desert and the City liner notes.
The Desert and the City
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