Mikael Jorgensen

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Mikael Jorgensen

Mikael Jorgensen (born June 4, 1972) is lead pianist and keyboardist for the band Wilco as well as a member of the bands Pronto and Quindar.[1][2]

He first appeared on Wilco's 2004 release, A Ghost Is Born.[3] On that album, he received songwriting credit for "Hell is Chrome" and "Theologians". In 1999, he released the album "Western Hamlet" with the group Movere Workshop.[3]

Jorgensen, an ex-Chicago-based engineer and now full-time musician initially came aboard Wilco in 2002 to perform real-time sound manipulations on the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot tour, sitting just off stage left.[2] As the tour rolled on, Jorgensen gradually moved onto the stage itself, manning his laptop as well as taking on more and more keyboard duties.

"It became apparent that Mike was a very proficient piano player that could do a lot more than we were using him for," says Wilco singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy.[4] "At that point, he started becoming a full-fledged member of the band, contributing parts to the new songs and even handling more of the nuts and bolts architecture of the older songs."[4]

Prior to his days in Chicago and with Wilco, Mikael honed his musical skills in New Brunswick, NJ, developing his production skills, collaborating with local musicians and DJing.

Personal life[edit]

Jorgensen's father was born in Denmark but moved to the United States in the 1950s, and his mother was born in Hedmark, Norway.[citation needed] He has earned a degree at DeVry University in North Brunswick, NJ.[5] He lives in Ojai, California.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pescovitz, David (2018-06-01). "Enjoy these delightful piano lessons from Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  2. ^ a b Martinez, Alex (1978-01-29). "Check Ahead: Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O'Keeffe - Soundcheck". WNYC Studios. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  3. ^ a b c "Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen shows his synth side in Santa Monica". The Argonaut Newsweekly. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  4. ^ a b Brown, Jake (2004-04-16). "Wilco – A Ghost Is Born press release". Glorious Noise. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  5. ^ "Workin' It: Wilco Keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen: Wilco does, indeed, love you. on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. 2019-09-30. Retrieved 2020-08-17.

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