Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Michael White is a jazz violinist /composer/educator. He has been fortunate to have played with many legendary jazz giants, such as John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, John Handy, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Stevie Wonder, Sonny Simmons and many others, throughout his music career. Also in the early 70's, He was a major recording artist as a leader with Impulse and Elektra/Asylum. Thereafter for about three decades, his musical endeavors have lead into recording as a guest player with artists of many different genres.
With newly released CD Voices, Michael White Quintet was born. The recording brought together a union of great musicians, a grammy winning bassist Cecil McBee and Kenneth Nash-percussion, along with Tim Young-guitar and Leisei Chen-voice. The artistic expressions are extended to it's concept of color, design, liner notes
We discovered that our musical philosophy had a mutual spiritual dynamic. The four corner stones of our music are Love, Healing, Inspiration & Hope. Our sound is intended to touch one's heart and fill one's body with a kozmic groove
Our band is available for international engagements, festivals, concerts, workshops and multimedia recording projects. The band's instrumentation consists of Violin, Vocals/Voice, Guitar, Bass and Percussion. Our repertoire covers original compositions, jazz classics, bossa nova, latin, and sponteneous sound improvisation.
09/27/05 - The Land Of Spirit And Light - Impluse! USA & Europe
10/12/05 - Pneuma - Impulse! Japan
06/13/06 - Pneuma - Impulse! USA
From the reissues of above albums, Verve Music Group will support the publicity on our appearances
MICHAEL WHITE - Violinist / Composer /Educator-
Michael White is a truly original and groundbreaking violinist in the realm of jazz. In the 1960s, he introduced the violin into the free jazz scenes of the Bay Area and New York, playing with luminaries such as Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders. In the early 1970s, he was a founding member of the first fusion group, the Fourth Way. He released five albums with the Michael White Quartet on Impulse records, and toured throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed in Lagos, Nigeria with Stevie Wonder and Sun Ra. He continues to play with Pharoah Sanders, appearing on Sanders' 1996 album Message From Home. In 1998 he released an album of duets with Bill Frisell entitled Motion Pictures.His latest recording Voices, features a reunion with his original Impulse! Records rhythm section of Cecil McBee, bass; Kenneth Nash, percussion; along with guitarist Timothy Young and vocalist Leisei Chen.
In addition to the newly released album Voices, his impulse albums The Land of Spirit and Light and Pnuema have recently been reissued by Impulse and The Blessing Song has compiled among the world's renowned DJs - Kyoto Jazz Massive Succession Of Spirit (Japan), Pure Fire! A Gilles Peterson Impulse! Collection(UK) and others. Highly acclaimed as a Spiritual Jazz Master, his music is resonating through generations globally.
Michael White was a former Capitol, Impulse and Elektra/Asylum recording artist
Performed with the Other Artists And Bands:
Michael White has appeared in San Francisco, as a special guest with The John Coltrane Quartet, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Gallison, Elvin Jones, along with Wes Mongomery and Eric Dolphy.
Joe Bonner, Richard Davis,Henry Grimes, Tootie Heath, Philly Joe Jones (band), Rasaan Roland Kirk (band), Herbie Lewis, Buddy Montgomery, Eddie Moore, Phineas Newborn Jr., Odean Pope, George Szabo, Lonnie Liston Smith, McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Joe Henderson, John Handy, Sonny Simmons and others.
Appearances at the festivals:
Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Berkeley Jazz Festival, Pacific Coast Jazz Festival, FESTAC Multi-Arts Festival (Lagos, Nigeria), Newport Jazz Festival Violin Summit (with Ray Nance and Jean Luc-Ponty), Eddie Moore Jazz Festival (San Francisco, California), San Francisco Jazz Festival (Fourthway Reunion)
* 2007 Winner in The 6th Annual Independent Music Awards
* 2006 Second Place Winner in The International Songwriting Competition
* 2006 Honorable Mentions-Session 1 in The JLSC
* Voice of America Radio New Star Awards
* Down Beat Magazine Award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition
* Faculty member of the Cornish College of The Arts
The Song "Mechanical Man" from CD "Voices", As The Winner in the Best Song-Jazz Category Of 2007 The 6TH Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs)
The Song "Mechanical Man" from CD "Voices", As The Second Place Winner in the Jazz Category Of 2006 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). It was judged through 15,000 entries from 88 countries.
The Song "Fiesta Dominical" from CD "Voices" As The Honorable Mention in The World Music Category of 2006 The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC).
”Renowned jazz violinist Michael White derives inspiration from love, healing, inspiration and hope to consummate these rather striking sequence of musical events. With percussionist Kenneth Nash' mystical cymbal shadings and guitarist Timothy Young's intricate chord voicings, the music iterated here is founded upon a spiritually uplifting vibe. Here, White explores microtonal based mysticisms counterbalancing his soaring lines often accompanied by Leisei Chen's wordless vocals. In addition, the ensemble pursues ostinato motifs, mid-tempo swing vamps and other hybrid, jazz- based forays.
The violinist's mode of attack also includes a warm-hearted calypso groove on ”Fiesta Dominical” and a soul-stirring, inward-looking spin on the standard ”My One And Only Love” Bass great Cecil McBee closely contrasts White's sweet-toned phrasings via his impeccable timing and harmonically attractive voicings. This endeavor is seemingly steeped within a plight to uncover a hidden beauty of sorts as White's artistic mastery radiates in multifarious colors here!”
by Glenn Astarita, eJazz News
” . . . Voices may come from a variety of places, but at its core is White, whose own vulnerable voice remains one of the more distinctive in jazz violin.”
by John Kelman, All About Jazz
”On his latest release, a too-much overlooked artist revisits a too-much overlooked masterpiece from over thirty years ago . . . With the release of Voices and the re-release of The Land of Spirit and Light on Verve, lets hope Michael White ceases to be one of the great overlooked artists in jazz, and gets the audience he deserves.”
by Rob Johnson, Jazz Review
”I savored the rasping moans and chanting clangs of this adventurous violinist's new CD, Voices (Izniz Recordings). White's burgundy tone, funky pizzicati, and easygoing arrangements smartly blend jazz and folk music from around the world . . . . “
by Stranger Magazine
”There's much radiant warmth and intelligence on display on this cd, with outstanding playing, particularly from Michael White and Tim Young, throughout. Some of my favorite things (so far) - 'Circumambulation'; the parts of 'Serenade' with the violin uncannily doubling Leisei Chen's voice, 'Mechanical Man'... I'm glad I found out about Michael White, and 'Voices'.
by Steve Wilson
”..Michael White has gathered here gorgeous pieces that viewers can enjoy as a warm backdrop through its modest voicing or as an intricate study of the more difficult negotiations of classical recordings.”
by Jonathan Mason - Beyond Race Magazine, NYC
” Inspirational! Organic! “
by Doung Hare, Jack Straw's Sonarchy Radio, Seattle WA
”... ACUTE NOTES THAT PLAY UNIVERSAL are the case in which music of “is meant deep”: it has need of being explained, being analyzed and beingrationalize to its context. There is then the music that speaks alone:music and sound that are beautiful, simply beautiful...”
by Luca Buti - Jazz Magazine, Italy
” More I listen to “Voices”, I feel good and my mind is transformed “
by Taneo, Japan
Los Angeles, CA
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Master Classes and Workshops for each member of Michael White Quintet available. We have been teachers at university/college, successfully in conjunct with live performances at music festivals and university/collage engagements. Workshop examples below: Title 01: Spontaneous Inspiration For Jazz Improvision - Michael White & Leisei Chen Colors + Emotions + Sounds "Originality" & "Finding Your Own Method" Title 02: RHYTHMS TALK-KENNETH NASH " BRINGING LIFE SKILLS TO THE COMMUNICATORS"