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Who is Michael Monroe?

From vinyl to digital, Michael Monroe is now in his fourth decade of performing nationally in concert, festival, corporate and educational settings.  He has travelled many miles since his first paid performance for an audience of 4000 and he recorded his first demo 30 years ago in a "chicken coop" studio owned by Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary.

His unique creation of music leaves his audiences mesmerized as he blends his rich vocals, guitar, bamboo and glass flutes, combining musical styles of acoustic folk and jazzy reggae.  Michael’s original music and compelling energy bring a powerful style that is as much fun as it is innovative, music and technology working together powered by creativity—and he recycles his music on stage with his live layering/looping technique.

Michael Monroe lives and records on the North Shore of Lake Superior in his solar-powered log cabin.  His instrumental music is seen across the nation on PBS and Canada in the award winning documentary, "Chased By The Light", about Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic photographer and best selling author.  They created a live theater experience in several venues including the Guthrie Theater which featured Brandenburg’s magnifcent images and Michael Monroe’s instrumental music.  "Soaring On Mended Wings" received a 2004 regional Emmy for a TV documentary.

A 2001 McKnight Performing Musician Fellowship Finalist, his eighth Simple Life recording was nominated 2006 "Best Contemporary" Recording from the prestigious JP Folks, out of 25,000 albums in 81 categories.  Its an acoustic collection of tunes inspired by his 11 rustic years hauling wood and water.  The music was also inspiration from his new guitars made on the Gunflint Trail by luthier David Seaton.  His new tenor, "Baby Snow Leopard" and baritone, "Snow Leopard" named so as they are made of "birds’ eye poplar" wood which resemble spots of a leopard, unique in that they have the sound holes on the top side of the guitar.

About his third "as far as i can see" recording the Star Tribune named it Top Ten and said, "Monroe, a rich-voiced eco-folkie, played all the instruments on this touching hymn to nature...A work of art straight from the heart." It was also nominated for "Best Independent Recording" by the Minnesota Music Academy as well as a JPF nomination for "Best Folk Recording."  "Plugged into the sun," says the Duluth News Tribune and "Fully at peace with his subtle, yet expressively powerful, delivery" about his music and life in the woods.

Abandin My Own Mind, his fourth recording, was released in July 2000, preserving his last performance of the past century and his first of the new...a LIVE CD, recorded at several venues in MN including a MN Public Radio event in Grand Marais, MN.  A "best of" recording as well as his demonstration of how he performs using his LIVE looping/layering technique, where Michael recycles the musical harmonies, sings, and plays on guitar as well as bamboo and glass flutes.

In addition to performing at festivals, conferences, colleges, and clubs, Michael performs his original music in school programs and residencies since 2000 with the MN State Arts Board Performing Artist Roster as well as the Young Audiences since 2001.

Michael has appeared on Integral Naked:

Out of India: A Pilgrimage Through Sound and Silence2/12/2007

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