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Michael Ford

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Michael Ford born on February 3, 1953 and grew up in Skippack, Pennsylvania. He began studying the piano at the age of 4, and performed his first public concert at age 6. He made his debut as soloist with a symphony orchestra at 14. He studied piano with Ralph Kemmerer, Eleanor Sokoloff and Susan Starr. He studied composition with Romeo Cascarino and Theodore Antonio, and electronic music with Andrew Rudin. He also played interesting (and not so interesting) rock music on many kinds of keyboards in Vacuum Pact, Pegasus and Children, finding a particular interest in the British progressive “Art Rock” genre.

In the ‘80’s, he toured as pianist for the Paul Taylor Dance Company and performed both as soloist and with the orchestra in their Broadway seasons. He recorded the two piano version of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” with the Paul Taylor Company for PBS “Dance in America” series as well as “Great Performances” for the Joffrey Ballet.

After exploring other worlds of music including jazz, blues, folk, and experimental with various ensembles, he decided to make recordings of his own music as a keyboard soloist. He has developed a compositional style that draws on these influences but is rooted in a classical aesthetic that stems from his dedication to the piano.

In the summer of 1993 he performed at Lincoln Center using his electronic keyboards with fellow recording artist/composer John Greenland.

In 1995-1996 he co-wrote a musical based on the life of Harry Houdini with composer/lyricist Carl Kusnell.

In 1996 he met Sandra Boynton and collaborated with the children’s book author and illustrator, creating a collection of children’s songs entitled “Rhinoceros Tap” in the form of a book/CD for Workman Publishing Co.

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  • Wodalzz

    I LOVE his music. His pieces are so perfect and touching, full of ambiance. I especially love Rain/Dusk.

    21 Oct 2011 Reply

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