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.
With 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. This music recognizes both the joy and tragedy of human experience – often in the same breath – celebrating the mystery of life and restoring our wonder at the vastness of it all.
Michael’s unusual versatility has brought him to gigs with 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), Zach Deputy, 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.
“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
For more information – including videos and a full tour calendar – please visit http://michaelgarfield.blogspot.com