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 DIT, 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 19 CDs as leader and sideman, his new solo CD was released by modalcitizenrecords.com to critical acclaim.
• Mike is fearless, endlessly innovative, and gifted with a boundless musical curiosity.
-Galway Jazz.ie (2017)
• Guitarist Mike Nielsen is certainly one of the most innovative European jazz musicians of his generation.
-Irish Times, Cormac Larkin (2018)
• If you wanted adventure, surprise and discovery, that was supplied by guitarist Mike Nielsen. Opening the
show solo, which was a trial in itself – given the deserved statue of the man coming on after him [John
McLaughlin] – Nielsen showed you could marry great technique with risk-taking.
-Irish Times, Ray Comiskey (2008)
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