Next Up! Big November

Super excited for the variety, uniqueness, and quality happenings in Nov:

NOV. 13 PEOPLE.MAKE.AWESOME

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For more info:

https://peoplemakeawesome.wordpress.com/november/

NOV. 14,15,21,22 THE BILLY STRAYHORN PROJECT

Billy Strayhorn Project OFFICIAL POSTERPerforming music by one of my favorite composers with some of my favorite people. Billy’s music is funny, sad, wry, tragic, bold, inventive and we will be telling his story. Starring Tyrone Brown, and featuring Nate Omdal-music director and bass, Jacques Willis-drums, and yours truly at the piano.

Info and tix:

 http://www.strangertickets.com/Browse#search=billy%20strayhorn

NOV.16 ORIGINAL MUSIC INSPIRED BY JACK STRAW WRITERS’ ANTHOLOGY 2014

jack-straw-writers-anthology-2014-eventThe Bushwick Bookclub Seattle and Jack Straw Productions annual collaboration makes for a one of a kind event. Local musicians collborate with local authors to create original music based on these authors’ work.

Info at:

http://thebushwickbookclubseattle.com/event/original-music-inspired-by-the-jack-straw-writers-anthology-2014/

Next Up: Birthday Show!

Mike O Birthday ShowVery excited to play some music and share a night of music, friends, food, and drink with you. We’ll be playing an assortment of original tunes and arrangements of fun music from TV, video games, and Americana.

With Jacques Willis-vibraphone, Nate Omdal-bass, and Max Wood-drums.

Saturday, Sept. 20, 9pm at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market Street in Ballard.

$5-$15 sliding scale, all ages until 10pm.

Next Up! Sailing, Writing Music, and Loving Life!

Taking a little break until my Sept. 20th Quartet show at Egan’s. Enjoying the summer and all the wonderful things Seattle has to offer. Then back to business with the premiere of my first string quartet in November (funded by a grant from 4Culture), writing music for my forthcoming record, and playing gigs with the incredible musicians we have here. See you on the lake and on the bandstand!

Next Up! June 11 to July 13

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I am very excited to be music director, composer, and a musician for Book-It Repertory Theater’s production of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay!

In 1939 Joe Kavalier smuggles himself, Houdini-style, out of Nazi-occupied Prague and reappears in New York to live with his cousin, Sammy Clay. It’s the golden age of comic books and the ambitious pair—the storyteller and the artist—invent the perfect superhero for America on the brink of the Second World War. Chabon’s tale of escape, transformation, magic, and moxie is a modern-day epic­—Book-It will present this novel as a theatrical event complete with dinner break.

It is an epic piece of theater with an original score (by yours truly) that draws on the music of the era: Jazz, Klezmer, Art music, and the sounds from the Golden Age of Radio.

Performing with me is the formidable Beth Fleenor on clarinets and voice.

Tickets and more info at www.book-it.org