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Michael Mc Ginnis

    Originally from Sanford, Maine, saxophonist/clarinetist Michael McGinnis has rapidly ascended the New York music scene to become one of the most sought-after players today. His voice is a fine balancing act of unexpected elements, ranging from jazz to contemporary classical and everything in between, and unexpected qualities: versatile yet unmistakably original, thoughtful but edgy, powerful yet subtle. It is no wonder that he is the first-call sideman for many innovative musicians.
    McGinnis began playing saxophone at age ten and studied saxophone at the University of Southern Maine with Bill Street and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY before moving to New York City in 1997.
    He recorded his debut CD “Tangents” with his group Between Green (which included Shane Endsley and Jacob Sacks) for Ravi Coltrane’s RKM Music label in 2000.
    He has most recently traveled to Paris as part of Steve Coleman's Aquarius Ingress which boasted a stellar line-up of current improvisers (Ravi Coltrane, Tony Malaby, Miguel Zenon and Chris Speed) and has also performed and/or recorded with the Lonnie Plaxico Group, the Ohad Talmor/Steve Swallow Sextet, Ravi Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, and Art Lande, among others.
    Michael has performed extensively in the US and internationally including Japan, Turkey, Africa, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and his performances and compositions have been featured on WNYC, VH1, ABC, MTV, The Daily Show and HBO.

www.mikemcginnis.com www.myspace.com/michaelmcginnis mcgmusic@gmail.com

Soprano Series III, Alto and Tenor Reference Saxophones, Bb St Louis and N Series Bass Clarinets

" I play Selmer Paris saxophones and clarinets primarily because the instruments have a sound and feel I love that belongs distinctively to Selmer instruments. They are extremely flexible and able to produce a wide variety of timbral colors without too much effort. They have a quick response and also a resonance and dynamic range greater than I have experienced with other saxophones and clarinets. "

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