Mike Marshall (musician)
|Birth name||Michael James Marshall|
July 17, 1957|
New Castle, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Genres||Bluegrass, classical, jazz|
|Instruments||Mandolin, guitar, violin|
|Labels||Rounder, Windham Hill, Compass, Sony Classical, Adventure|
|Associated acts||David Grisman, Montreux, Psychograss, Darol Anger, Modern Mandolin Quartet|
He grew up in Lakeland, Florida. When he was 18, he won Florida state contests on fiddle and mandolin. 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. 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, Béla Fleck, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Stéphane Grappelli, and Darol Anger.
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.
Marshall is a virtuoso on the mandolin. He plays a 1924 Gibson F-5 mandolin that was signed by Lloyd Loar. 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). Both he and Caterina teach online mandolin lessons through ArtistWorks.
|US Bluegrass||US Country|
|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|
|2004||Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso|
|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|
|2018||Third Journey with Caterina Lichtenberg|
- Harris, Craig. "Mike Marshall | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
- 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.