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About Michael Garfield
Michael Garfield is on a mission to move you. Not content to merely push the boundaries of acoustic guitar technique polyphonic fingerpicking, tapping, slapping, live looping, and drumming on the body of the instrument Michael draws from a world of traditions past, present, and future to deliver songs that are at once totally original and strangely familiar.
Rooted in a dazzling palette of intricate fingerstyle guitar techniques and an expressive, athletic voice, his intense sets turn on a dime between instrumental etudes, dynamic anthems, heart-spearing ballads, and hypnotic acoustic-electronic loopscapes…mind-altering solo performances fine-tuned to pull audiences deeper into the mixed blessing of our common human experience. This music recognizes both the joy and tragedy of life often in the same breath celebrating the mystery of love and life, and restoring our wonder at the vastness of it all.
Michael has opened for a wide range of artists including Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), Zuvuya (side project of The String Cheese Incident’s Michael Travis who declared him “the perfect opening act” for their high-energy jam band), Willy Porter, Stuart Davis, My-Tea Kind, Sound Rabbit, Scott Matthews, Andreas Kapsalis Trio, Kelli Rudick, Delta Nove, The Floozies, and Fresh2Death, and performed at the Wakarusa, Dreamtime, and McDowell Mountain Music Festivals as well as at Burning Man and a steadily-growing number of charitable events.
Michael is endorsed by LR Baggs (http://www.lrbaggs.com/artists/artistlist.htm).
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“Monstrously talented…an act the likes of which I have not seen in a long time.”
– Willy Porter, performing songwriter (willyporter.com)
“Amazing. I have not seen that before…you obviously put some hours in. I was hypnotized.”
– Ramaya Soskin, performing songwriter (myspace.com/ramayasoskin)
“Astonishing…insane guitar talent.”
– Smother Magazine (smother.net)
“Entertaining songs that completely upend the stereotypes of what one may think of as intelligent music…instantly memorable and utterly magnetic tunes whose authenticity and sweetness is boundary breaking.”
– Paul Lonely, author (paullonely.com)
“Show me someone who believes they have an original idea, and I will invite them to meet Michael Garfield…a delightfully brilliant young musician and artist.”
– Colorado Music Buzz (coloradomusicbuzz.com)
“This music makes me high. [Michael’s] guitar talks. It tells stories and laughs and enters into shamanic fits but it also weaves together a blanket of the familiar.”
– David Titterington, visionary artist (davidtitterington.com)
“Could listen to you play all day, man…you would kill on the college scene.”
– Dave Tamkin, performing songwriter (davetamkin.com)
“Watching your show the other day was a PROFOUND spiritual experience for me…a highlight of my musical experiences up till this point. Dude, you hit me on the deepest soul level.”
– DJ Dreamcode (myspace.com/djdreamcode)
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