Jazz Guitarist/Composer Mike Nielsen, was born in Sligo, and started playing the ukulele at the age of four. Michael won a scholarship and Jim Hall incentive award in 1982 to attend Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he studied from ’83-’85. He holds a classical performance diploma, LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, London) and a Masters degree, MPhil, in music and physics from the DIT School of Physics, Dublin.Equally innovative on acoustic and electric guitars, Michael has gained a reputation as one of the leading guitarists in European jazz. He has performed with international artists including; Kenny Wheeler, Larry Coryell, Kenny Werner, Jason Moran, Simon Nabatov, Eric Revis, Michael Moore, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman with whom he toured Europe in 2001 and New Zealand/Australia in 2004. He has also performed with contemporary classical ensembles VOX21 and Crash Ensemble and was guest soloist on two occasions with the RTE Concert Orchestra. Michael features on over fifteen recordings including two with Dave Liebman. Teaching since 1979, he lectures worldwide on jazz guitar, improvisation and microtonal composition. He is currently head of the Jazz Masters course in DIT, Dublin.
Pat LaBarbera - “Ask a Simple Question”
Dave Liebman - “Tomorrow’s Expectations”
Dave Liebman - “After Dark”
Carnataka College of Percussion & Okay Tamiz - “Mishram” Nielsen/Guilfoyle Trio - “Part One”
Nielsen/Halferty Guitar Duo - “In Two”
Septet Music - “Septet Music”
w/ Dave Murphy - “Hong Kong”
Mike Nielsen “Live @ the Inrternet Cafe, NY”, Eric Revis-Bass.
Mike Nielsen “Solo at Garden City”
“One of the best and most original jazz talents ever produced in this country” - IRISH TIMES
“M.N. is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s most distinctive and iconoclastic guitar voices, equally innovative on electric and acoustic guitars” - SUNDAY TRIBUNE
“M.N., definitely one of Europe’s most ‘worth hearing’ on his instrument today”. - ARBETET (SWEDEN)
“I have always loved Mike’s unusual approach to guitar and music in general. Truly a unique, one of a kind voice, the music here burns with creativity and passion” - SOLO GUITAR CD.SLEEVE NOTE, BY DAVE LIEBMAN