Mike Marshall (musician)

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Mike Marshall
Mike Marshall Delfest 2011.jpg
Background information
Born (1957-07-17) July 17, 1957 (age 59)
New Castle, Pennsylvania
Genres Bluegrass, classical, jazz, New Acoustic Music
Occupation(s) Composer, musician
Instruments Guitar, mandolin, violin, mandocello
Years active 1979–present
Labels Rounder
Windham Hill
Sony Classical
Adventure Music
Associated acts Montreux
The Duo
Modern Mandolin Quartet
Choro Famoso
Website mikemarshall.net

Mike Marshall (born Michael James Marshall, July 17, 1957 in New Castle, Pennsylvania is a multi-string-instrumentalist. He grew up in central Florida and now lives in Oakland, California.[1] Marshall has been a part of New Acoustic Music since the early 1980s. He has performed and recorded with many musicians in a variety of styles, including bluegrass, classical, jazz and Brazilian music. In addition to several instruments within the mandolin family, Marshall also plays the guitar and violin.

Marshall has recorded and toured with other contemporary acoustic musicians such as David Grisman, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Stéphane Grappelli, Darol Anger, Barbara Higbie, and Jerry Douglas. His two recordings on the Sony Classical label: Uncommon Ritual with banjo innovator Béla Fleck and bassist Edgar Meyer; and Short Trip Home with violinist Joshua Bell, mandolinist Sam Bush and Meyer were both on the Billboard Classical Music charts.[citation needed]

Marshall and his longtime partner, Darol Anger, have released 6 albums as a duo on Compass and Windham Hill Records. Together they have also recorded with their experimental bluegrass group Psychograss with guitarist David Grier, banjo player Tony Trischka and bassist Todd Phillips.

From 1984 to 1990 Mike Marshall was part of the group Montreux, named for the Montreux Jazz Festival where they played a concert which was good enough to be released from Windham Hill, Live at Montreux – Darol Anger/Barbara Higbie Quintet. The group released two studio recordings, Sign Language and Let Them Say, before breaking up.

Marshall's strength in classical music led to his co-founding in 1986 of Modern Mandolin Quartet, a string quartet of mandolin family instruments. The group released four recordings for Windham Hill Records and in 1995, the Quartet made its Carnegie Hall debut.

Mike has worked with mandolinist Chris Thile. Their CD Into the Cauldron, released in 2003 on Sugar Hill Records, was listed in the top ten of Amazon.com's favorite recordings for 2003.[citation needed] The duo show their roots in Bluegrass music, but show their passion for Classical through to new acoustic music.

In addition to touring and recording regularly, Mike is also a partner in the music label, Adventure Music, which is dedicated to releasing music from Brazil as well as Mike's own projects. His latest releases include Serenata, a duet recording of with pianist Jovino Santos Neto featuring the compositions of Hermeto Pascoal, and an album by his Brazilian group Choro Famoso. He is also the composer of the theme music "Peter Pan" for San Francisco public radio affiliate KQED's talk show, Forum with Michael Krasny.[2]

Marshall is also a cook, and has been known to trade music lessons for cooking instruction with Michael Peternell, Head Chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.[3] He is also a producer, based in his Oakland Gatorland Studios.

He and his former wife, violinist Kaila Flexer, a Klezmer musician, have one daughter.

Mike and current wife Caterina Lichtenberg have released an album together on Adventure Music.

In June 2011 Mike began teaching mandolin online at the Online Mandolin School with Mike Marshall, as part of the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass.


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


  1. ^ "The Story of Mike...". Mike Marshall, Adventure Music. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  2. ^ "About Forum". KQED. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  3. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/2011/06/14/mandolin-nerd-marshall-revels-in-wide-variety-of-styles/

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