Music that we associate with a specific style is often the result of hundreds of years of global influence. Should musicians identify themselves with any genre?
Artist: Mike Block
Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st Century”, Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston, acclaimed by the The New York Times for his “vital rich-hued solo playing”. While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio. After becoming one of the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand and move while playing, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall, using a cello strap of his own design, called the Block Strap, a performance which the The New York Times called “Breathless … Half dance, half dare.” The Mike Block String Camp began in 2010, and takes place each summer in Vero Beach, Florida, empowering string players to learn a variety of styles from a world-class faculty. Mike is also the director of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop. Mike is an active recording artist of original material, folk music, cross-cultural collaborations, and he has an ongoing project to record all of the Bach cello suites in acoustically glorious bathrooms of famous concert halls, via bachinthebathroom.com. In 2012, Mike was appointed Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.
- Overland Park, KS
- Boston, MA
- Brick By BrickNaive MelodyAfter the Factory ClosesWords R WordsWhen Strangers MeetBeyond the HorizonsNew ImpossibilitiesA Playlist Without BordersSing Me Home
Darol Anger's Republic of Strings
Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio
Kristjan Jarvi's Absolute Ensemble
Berklee College of Music
Juilliard School of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music
Mike Block is the quintessential twenty-first century musician, with a sense of creativity that cannot be contained in a box of any kind. In this interview, Block discusses his beginnings and his current artistic goals.