Mike Marshall (musician)

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Mike Marshall
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Background information
Birth name Michael James Marshall
Born (1957-07-17) July 17, 1957 (age 59)
New Castle, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Bluegrass, classical, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Mandolin
Years active 1979–present
Labels Rounder, Windham Hill, Compass, Sony Classical, Adventure
Associated acts David Grisman, Montreux, Psychograss, Darol Anger, Modern Mandolin Quartet
Website mikemarshall.net
Notable instruments
1924 Gibson F-5 mandolin, signed by Lloyd Loar

Mike Marshall (born Michael James Marshall, July 17, 1957 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is a bluegrass mandolinist who has collaborated with David Grisman and Darol Anger.

He grew up in Lakeland, Florida. When he was 18, he won Florida state contests on fiddle and mandolin.[1] He considers his discovery of David Grisman's music a significant event in his life, admiring how Grisman combined jazz and Latin styles into his own form of bluegrass.[2] After Marshall moved to California, he collaborated with Grisman on film music and soon after was invited by Grisman to join the quintet. He was a member of the David Grisman Quintet from 1985–1990, touring with Jerry Douglas, Darol Anger, Béla Fleck, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Stéphane Grappelli, and Darol Anger.[1]

Marshall and Darol Anger collaborated often during their careers. They founded Montreux, with Barbara Higbie and Michael Manring, and the supergroup Psychograss, with Tony Trischka and Todd Phillips. Like Grisman, both groups played an eclectic style of music that combined classical, folk, jazz, and bluegrass. Marshall has performed Brazilian music with the band Choro Famoso and on his second solo album, Brazil: Duets. He released his debut solo album, Gator Strut, in 1989.[1]

Marshall is a virtuoso on the mandolin. He plays a 1924 Gibson F-5 mandolin that was signed by Lloyd Loar.[2] He helped start the Modern Mandolin Quartet. His wife, Caterina Lichtenberg, is a German mandolinist. He collaborated with mandolinist Chris Thile on Into the Cauldron (2003)[1]

Discography[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Label
US Bluegrass US Country
1987 Gator Strut Rounder
1996 Brasil: Duets Rhino
1998 Midnight Clear Acorn
2001 Wine Country Menus and Music
2002 At Home and on the Range Compass
2003 Into the Cauldron (with Chris Thile) 6 71 Sugar Hill
Serenata Adventure
2004 Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso
2005 Brazil Duets
2006 Live: Duets (with Chris Thile) 6 Sugar Hill
New Words (Novas Palavras) Adventure
2007 Mike Marshall and Darol Anger with Vasen
2009 Mike Marshall, Alex Hargreaves and Paul Kowert as Big Trio
2010 Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall
2013 Mike Marshall & the Turtle Island Quartet
2014 Segunda Vez with Choro Famoso
2015 J.S. Bach with Caterina Lichtenberg

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Harris, Craig. "Mike Marshall | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Fancher, Lou (14 June 2011). "Mandolin 'nerd' Marshall revels in wide variety of styles – The Mercury News". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 

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