Mike Nielsen

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Guitarist, composer, educator and author, Mike Nielsen is noted for his innovative performances and research. He has shared the stage with many international stars including Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Dominique Di Piazza and Paul Wertico. As a soloist he has toured extensively and opened for John McLaughlin on his first visit to Dublin. Mike’s performance-based qualifications include a PhD in microtonal performance, MPhil in physics and music, LTCL in classical guitar performance, in addition to a two-year stint at Berklee College of Music, Boston. In 2016, German publishers, Schott, published his book on rhythm as part of their new Jazz Handbook series. A lecturer in Jazz at TU Dublin, Mike initiated the “Masters in Jazz” performance programme and recently wrote a jazz guitar syllabus which was implemented in 2018. His solo music, which includes original compositions, is performed on a classical guitar and is influenced by an eclectic musical taste including jazz, classical, flamenco, Latin, African, rock and Indian music. Featured on nineteen albums as leader and sideman, his new solo album was released by Modal Citizen Records to critical acclaim.

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