Live at Jamey's House of Music

Michael London

Recorded Feb 15, 2020 at Jamey's House of Music, Lansdowne, PA

Michael London - Vocals, acoustic and arch top guitar, Paul Butler - Sax & clarinet, Joey Tayoun - Percussion, Larry Cohen - Bass

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Michael London, Paul Butler, John Marshall & Larry Cohen

Jamey's House of Music, 32 S Lansdowne Ave, Landsdowne, PA

Michael London, vocals, guitar and composition Paul Butler, sax & clarinet John Marshall, percussion Larry Cohen, bass Michael London Michael London is a Philadelphia Area musician with a soulful voice and a great touch on acoustic and electric guitars. London is also a passionate interpreter of Rumi’s poetry, the great 13th century Sufi poet. He offers us a musical window into the ecstatic poems, which reveal and make tangible our connection with the self, humanity, nature and beyond. His CD's and original songs, inspired by this mystical poet speak directly to us, and get to the central themes and issues of living with passion and true joy. His musical journey began with singing folk songs and show tunes with his family and he found it brought warmth, connectedness and bonding like nothing else. He was especially inspired singing songs by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Richie Havens and Marvin Gaye and began to write songs and to develop his own musical voice. An accomplished songwriter, Michael is adept at many guitar styles, has his own recording studio and is a soulful and moving singer. He is also a college Professor by day, and has a PhD in Organizational Behavior and serves on the faculty at Muhlenberg college. "I heard Michael's music for the first time on WXPN (Gene Shay's show) and was blown away by the ways in which he wove the exquisite poetry of Rumi with his own inspired musical creations. Hearing him in concert less than a week later, the intensity of the passion and magic increased 100-fold. Sitting in the audience, surrounded by souls listening with rapt attention, I was moved with a certainty that the poet himself was whispering in Michael's ear throughout the performance. At turns, deeply peaceful and vibrantly energetic. What a gift!" - Edie Weinstein Moser LSW John Marshall Marshall includes the drumming traditions of the Middle East, North and South India, Egypt, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Central Asia in his repertoire. Performing on frame drums, tabla, doumbek, djembe, congas, riq, pandeiro, conventional Western percussion, and all manner of hand-held percussion, John Marshall's music has been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Echoes, Hearts of Space and the BBC. He has performed and recorded with such artists as the Paul Winter Consort, Michael Brecker, Glen Velez, Rhonda Larson, Danny Gottlieb, Harvie S, Robert Gass, Steve Gorn, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Paco Peña, David Darling, Eugene Friesen, Benjamin Verdery, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, George Benson and Marc Anthony. With numerous CD credits to his name, Marshall is recorded on DMP, Ellipsis Arts, Sony, Jazzheads, Spring Hill, Windham Hill and Virgin Records labels. The recipient of several awards, he has been recognized for excellence in percussion music education by the Pro-Mark Drum Corporation. In 2004 he was commissioned to compose original music for the ASAP Community dance project in collaboration with Pilobolus Dance Theatre. He performs with the classical/jazz/world ensemble Ufonia. He composes for and performs with numerous percussion groups, including Framework, and WoMaDe. He has released his own CDs featuring his original compositions, and has created online hand percussion instruction for Warner Brothers/Alfred. Currently Marshall performs with the experimental improvisational trio, Bridges and Poems, and is studying North Indian tabla with Subhankar Banerjee. In 2009, he received a national fellowship award from the Jubilation Foundation.[3] (from wikepedia) Paul Butler Paul embraces numerous styles, including Jazz, Dixieland, Chamber music, and Klezmer. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Mansfield University. He served as US government-sponsored cultural ambassador to the middle east, bringing jazz to multiple countries, including Syria, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Paul has over 20 years of teaching experience, as well as extensive performance experience, including performances with Grammy-nominated cellist David Darling. Larry Cohen Larry Cohen's ability as a monster bass player, musical arranger and record producer first earned him public recognition through his work with the highly innovative bluegrass band Tony Trischka and Skyline. During his Skyline tenure, Larry toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan and accompanied many top musicians including Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Vassar Clements and Nanci Griffith. He has since produced albums for Barry Mitterhoff, Jay Ansill, Akira Satake and Mark Cosgrove and enjoys a busy performing and teaching schedule. A joy to watch on stage as well as to listen to, Larry's approach is informed by his comprehensive background in classical, jazz and rock music as well as by his innate musicality,

Michael London is a Philadelphia Area musician with a soulful voice and a great touch on acoustic and electric guitars.  His latest recordings feature interpretations of classic folk, jazz and soul songs in his own unique, exciting and expansive style.  London is also a passionate interpreter of Rumi’s poetry, the great 13th century Sufi poet.  He offers us a musical window into the ecstatic poems, which reveal and make tangible our connection with the self, humanity, nature and beyond.  His CD's and original songs, inspired by this mystical poet speak directly to us, and get to the central themes and issues of living with passion and true joy.  His musical journey began with singing folk songs and show tunes with his family and he found it brought warmth, connectedness and bonding like nothing else.  He was especially inspired singing songs by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Richie Havens and Marvin Gaye and began to write songs and to develop his own musical voice.  In college, he found a whole new world of incredible players and shifted his focus to instrumental work, learning to improvise and accompany dancers with atmospheric and lyrical guitar.  An accomplished songwriter, Michael is adept at many guitar styles, has his own recording studio and is a soulful and moving singer.  He is also a college Professor by day, and has a PhD in Organizational Behavior and serves on the faculty at Muhlenberg college.  Michael has a great ability to get audiences involved and takes the stage with comfort and poise. Today, his many influences come together in his heartfelt explorations of “Rumi In Song”.  He also performs with Cabin 23, an americana jam band and the Spiritual Window Shoppers an eclectic folk ensemble.

"I heard Michael's music for the first time on WXPN (Gene Shay's show) and was blown away by the ways in which he wove the exquisite poetry of Rumi with his own inspired musical creations. Hearing him in concert less than a week later, the intensity of the passion and magic increased 100-fold. Sitting in the audience, surrounded by souls listening with rapt attention, I was moved with a certainty that the poet himself was whispering in Michael's ear throughout the performance. At turns, deeply peaceful and vibrantly energetic. What a gift!"   - Edie Weinstein Moser LSW

Listen to Michael's interpretation of Rumi in Song

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