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On Thursday, January 22, 2015 Mike Gurzi will be appearing with Tim May for a one night concert at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA
Check the venue website for details http://www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm

Additionally, on Saturday, January 24, 2015 Mike will be working with Tim May for an Acoustic Music Workshop in Long Beach, CA
This will be an Improvisation class on the Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo. Contact Mark Shutts for details 714-337-2261 or
see the Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/334789583379500/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Join Mike and friends at the 1st AMGA in Kansas City on Nov 7-9, 2014. Mike will be a featured instructor and join the team for a concert on Saturday night. You won’t wanna miss the workshops, concert and jamming’. Also, the winner of the Flatpick Challenge will be announced.
http://acousticmusicgetaway.com

Here Mike sits down impromptu and records the Stephen Foster classic Angeline the Baker

http://youtu.be/hLRHkSkYLzc

 

 

Be the first to enter and win the first online guitar contest http://www.flatpickchallenge.com

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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 Los Angeles 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

On Thursday, January 22, 2015 Mike Gurzi will be appearing with Tim May for a one night concert at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA Check the venue website for details http://www.coffeegallery.com/showsat.htm Additionally, on Saturday, January 24, 2015 Mike will be working with Tim May for an Acoustic Music Workshop in Long Beach, CA This will be an Improvisation class on the Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo. Contact Mark Shutts for details 714-337-2261 or see the Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/334789583379500/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Join Mike and friends at the 1st AMGA in Kansas City on Nov 7-9, 2014. Mike will be a featured instructor and join the team for a concert on Saturday night. You won’t wanna miss the workshops, concert and jamming’. Also, the winner of the Flatpick Challenge will be announced. http://acousticmusicgetaway.com
Here Mike sits down impromptu and records the Stephen Foster classic Angeline the Baker http://youtu.be/hLRHkSkYLzc    
UPCOMING SHOWS

No shows booked at the moment.

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