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I recorded this great little tune today, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, with just my Guitar and my iPhone – Enjoy

Posted by Michael Gurzi on Monday, April 4, 2016

Just got this great guitar from my pal Tim May, so I give a brief promo and talk about the guitar. Then I let the guitar speak for itself by playing a great little tune, Louisiana Fairytale. Enjoy!

I am very proud and honored to be involved in a new project with Music Villa, Bozeman’s own music store and online retailer in fine acoustic instruments.

You can subscribe to the Acoustic Letter and receive regularly scheduled news on great instruments and watch videos that we’ll post on the featured guitars.

Additionally, I am now a member of Montana Manouche, Bozeman’s own Gypsy Jazz Quartet. Check our website for photos, music and our current gig schedule.

I hope to see you online or at a gig sometime!

Williamson County, an instrumental bluegrass tune from Mike’s CD “Movin’ On” just hit #1 in NumberOneMusic http://n1m.co/mikegurzi for the week of February 24, 2016, Acoustic, U.S. Montana

Visit N1M or buy the track or CD from CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikegurzi12

Mike Gurzi: Movin
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THE MUSIC HISTORY

Mike began his musical studies at age 10 with the violin. As a teenager, Mike began playing the guitar and embarked on what has become 30+ years of guitar studies. In 1982, Mike completed his degree in Music from Long Beach City College and participated in the commercial music program as a guitar player in the Jazz Band. During that time, Mike studied flatpick guitar privately, and was introduced to the playing styles of his earliest influences, Doc Watson, Clarence White and Tony Rice.

In 1992, Mike became involved in the Calvary Chapel worship community and played guitar as a member of his local church worship team. He would go on to lead the team as the musical director for the next 10 years.

In 2003, Mike returned to his flatpicking roots and began attending several local jams and music camps including the Roanoke Bluegrass weekend, Kaufman Acoustic Kamps, Yellowstone Music Camp, Nashville Guitar Academy and the Colorado Roots Music Camp. He has had the privilege to meet, pick, and study with many of his mentors and world famous flatpickers such as, Mike Dowling, David Grier, Jack Lawrence, John Carlini, Russ Barenberg, Brad Davis, Pat Flynn and Tim May.

STAGE SIGHTINGS

Mike’s earliest performance’s date back to his elementary school days as a drummer in the band/orchestra, and, in later years, as a member of the school choir.

In college, Mike spent 2 years as a member of the jazz band and small group ensembles. Under the direction of Dr. George Shaw, Mike performed in the band with special guests; Jamey Ambersold, Michael Sembello, David Sanborn, Patrice Rushen.

From 1992 to 2003, Mike performed regularly as a member of his church’s worship team. Preparing, rehearsing and performing weekly services, holiday events, and summer concerts.

In 2010, Mike performed as the guitarist and lead singer for the bluegrass band, Murphy’s Flaw. In 2011, Mike became a sideman and sub for other local bands; 2 Frets Lower, Ted’s Bluegrass, and Simon Pure.

Mike has toured and performed with flatpicking great Tim May, who also produced Mike’s debut CD, “Movin’ On,” which is available of FGM Records.

Mike owns several guitars, but his current workhorse is a 1959 Martin D18.

LEARNING & TEACHING

EDUCATION

  • 2008 Berklee College of Music
    • Master Certificate – Guitar
  • 1982 Long Beach City College
    • AA Degree, Major in Music
  • 1978 – Present, Special Studies
    • Flatpicking Guitar – Tom Koch, Brad Davis, Tim May
    • Classical Guitar – Doug Heins, Peter Zisa
    • Jazz Guitar – “Chips” Hoover, John Carlini
    • Improvisation – Jimmy Bruno, Pat Cloud, Raul Reynoso
    • Jazz Studies/Performance – Dr. George W . Shaw
    • Nashville Numbering/Arranging – Tim May

Mike is currently working on an instructional book entitled, “Fundamentals of Music for Guitar – Understanding the Guitar Fretboard.”

An instructor as well as a performer, Mike currently teaches privately in the Bozeman, MT area and, on occasion, conducts small group guitar workshops.

Please contact Mike for information on lessons online or in person.

music

New Album “Movin’ On” Available Now!
Age (Where I Started Again)
Williamson County
A Smooth One
Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)
Emily
Out of Nowhere
Movin’ On
St Anne’s Reel
Walls of Time
Temperance Reel
Moonlight in Vermont
Musicians
Mike Gurzi: Rhythm/Lead Guitar – Vocals
Tim May: Mandolin, Banjo, Lap Steel, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Andy Todd: Bass
Fred Carpenter: Fiddle
Stephan Dudash: Fiddle
Gretchen Priest May: Fiddle
Chris Joslin: Resophonic Guitar, Banjo
Pat Cloud: Banjo

news

Sweet Bunch of Daisies (4/4/2016) - I recorded this great little tune today, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, with just my Guitar and my iPhone – Enjoy Posted by Michael Gurzi on Monday, April 4, 2016
Mike Plays His New Tim May M5 Acoustic Arch-Top Guitar (3/26/2016) - Just got this great guitar from my pal Tim May, so I give a brief promo and talk about the guitar. Then I let the guitar speak for itself by playing a great little tune, Louisiana Fairytale. Enjoy!
Newest Gig Info (3/22/2016) - I am very proud and honored to be involved in a new project with Music Villa, Bozeman’s own music store and online retailer in fine acoustic instruments. You can subscribe to the Acoustic Letter and receive regularly scheduled news on great instruments and watch videos that we’ll post on the featured guitars. Additionally, I am now a member of Montana Manouche, Bozeman’s own Gypsy Jazz Quartet. Check our website for photos, music and our current gig schedule. I hope to see you online or at a gig sometime!
UPCOMING SHOWS

No shows booked at the moment.

Jan 22, 2015 8PM at the Coffee Gallery Backstage with Tim May