Michael Krassner

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Michael Krassner
Wisconsin, United States
GenresPost-rock, folk
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1991–present

Michael Krassner (born 1971) is an American musician and composer, known for his work in the Boxhead Ensemble and The Lofty Pillars. He has collaborated with numerous musical artists, including Califone, Dirty Three, Gastr del Sol, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Will Oldham, Scott Tuma and Ken Vandermark.[1]


Michael Krassner grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Arizona when he was a teenager. He began writing music at the age of fourteen after hearing The Velvet Underground. In 1991, Krasner formed the Boxhead Ensemble in Los Angeles to record a soundtrack for Braden King.[2] After relocating to Chicago, the ensemble comprised Charles Kim, Ken Vandermark and members of the post-rock group Gastr del Sol.[3] Under his direction, the group recorded the soundtrack for the film Dutch Harbor.[4] The line-up for the group has constantly changed, with Krassner being the only consist member.[1] After the release of his debut solo album in 1999, Krassner formed The Lofty Pillars with singer-songwriter Wil Hendricks, with whom he had been writing songs since 1993.[5]



  1. ^ a b Steed, Jim (2000). "Michael Krassner – That Unique American Sound". fakejazz.com. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Boxhead Ensemble: In Association with Truckstop Media/NYC & Aurora Picture Show". fotofest.org. March 13, 2004. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2003). The Great Indie Discography. Canongate U.S. ISBN 9781841953359. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Gladstone, Neil (March 1999). "Dutch Harbor: Aleutians of Grandeur" (67). CMJ: 64. Retrieved June 20, 2013. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Lofty Pillars (2011). "Lofty Pillars History". loftypillars.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.

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