Michael began his musical studies at age ten, with piano and saxophone, and attended Kent State University, where he studied piano and composition. In 1986 he moved to Washington, D.C.
Living in D.C. has had a profound influence on his music. Many of his works explore, or are inspired by LGBTQ, environmental, social justice issues.
Michael’s musical language is polystylistic, and experimental but accessible. His recent projects are focused on multimedia: combining music, literature, and video.
You will find Michael in the kitchen when he is not composing. An admitted cooking show addict, he is always discovering new techniques, and experimenting with (hopefully) delicious creations.