UW-L JAZZ FESTIVAL 2014 GUEST ARTIST
(WISCONSIN NATIVE AND FORMER UW-L STUDENT)
with his all-star NYC Quintet
Patrick Cornelius - Alto Saxophone
Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet
Auran Ortiz - Piano
Clarence Penn - Drums
Michael Janisch is an award-winning electric & double bassist, composer, bandleader, producer, promoter,
record label owner and educator who works across a broad spectrum of traditional, experimental,
improvised and popular music. An American 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.
As an instrumentalist, critics, audiences and musicians alike know him for his warm and powerful bass sounds, virtuosic yet unorthodox technique, engaging improvisations and a very open yet supportive approach towards ensemble playing. Janisch can be heard as a bassist on over two hundred albums to date
and he regularly performs as a session musician with multiple radio & television credits to his name.
Michael currently holds the Professor of Jazz Double Bass position at the Trinity Conservatoire of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is very active in giving masterclasses and lectures on all aspects of music making (as well as music business) at universities and festivals around the world.
Janisch has released three critically acclaimed albums to date as a bandleader and each project was
accompanied by substantial touring in his native US, the UK, Mainland Europe and the Far East: The
TransAtlantic Collective's Traveling Song (Co-Lead with Patrick Cornelius) in 2008, Purpose Built (Debut
Solo Album) in 2010, & Banned in London (Co-Lead with Aruan Ortiz) in 2012. His debut solo album
Purpose Built established him internationally as one of the premier bassist-bandleaders working in
contemporary improvised music, and drew together his sure-footed bass work (both electric and acoustic),
original compositions and some characteristically strong performances from a gun-slinging group of new
stars from both sides of the Atlantic. Jazz Times Magazine called it "the complete package" while Jazz
Journal noted it was a "perfect blend of tradition and modernity" and was received with high critical
acclaim by fans, press, musicians and fellow bassists, while making a number of ‘Best of 2010’ Critics'
lists. Purpose Built was also the impetus for the creation of Janisch's new record label, Whirlwind
Since the formation of Whirlwind Recordings in January of 2010, Janisch has become known for his work
as a producer, and to date has produced over 40 sessions by world-class artists he has signed to his label, as
well as other freelance projects. As a seasoned performer, session musician, bandleader and now successful
record label owner, Janisch brings a unique set of skills, knowledge and motivation to any musical project,
whether just producing a session on recording day, or helping an artist conceive an idea for a project and
seeing it all the way to the release date. As a promoter, Janisch has singlehandedly produced and curated
dozens of critically acclaimed live events, tours and festivals with some of the most potent names in the
creative music world, performing at major venues and festivals on five continents.
Michael has had the privilege to perform or record with: Gary Burton, Quincy Jones, George Garzone,
Roy Hargrove, Joe Locke, Phil Robson, Mark Turner, Shirley Horn, Dianne Reeves, Tim Warfield, John
Taylor, Joe Lovano, Jaleel Shaw, Perico Sambeat, Tommy Smith, Hal Crook, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Vincent
Herring, Evan Parker, Clarence Penn, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Donny McCaslin, Walter Smith III, Sir
John Dankworth, Stan Sulzman, Ingrid Jenson, Leon Parker, Mike Moreno, Gwilym Simcock, Jason
Palmer, Will Vinson, Christine Tobin, Ambrose Akinmusire, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Patrick
Cornelius, Ralph Alessi, Jeff Ballard, Jeremy Pelt, Jason Rebello, Logan Richardson, Tim Garland, Aruan
Ortiz, Alex Garnett, Jon Irabagon, Gary Husband, Greg Osby, Aaron Parks, Martin Taylor, Greg Osby.