206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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Jan 09 2020


8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Piotr Michalowski’s Improv Birthday Bash

“I guess I have the Vinny Golia disease, so that I’m a multi-instrumentalist,” Piotr says. “I don’t really have a main horn.”

The man, the legend, and that lover/advocate/expert player of Improv, Piotr Michalowsk, is celebrating his birthday at our humble home. There’s NO COVER, although donations go straight to the artists. The line-up is killer, with many returning friends, so come help celebrate as the man turns 21, or 30, or something close to that…

The first set will feature a trio of woodwind multi-instrumentalists:
Peter Formanek
Piotr Michalowski
Kaleigh Wilder

On the second set the group will be expanded by a brass section: trombonist Baptiste Joalland and cornetist Ken Kozora.

Piotr Michalowski began to play clarinet while living in Los Angeles, studying with the late Ira Shulman. After moving to Ann Arbor to teach at UM, he began to play at Washtenaw Community College and then with the II-V-I Orchestra. Fascinated by various woodwinds, he developed skills on most of the clarinets and saxophones, focusing in recent years on bass, contra alto and contrabass clarinets as well as sopranino and soprano saxophones. He has been playing on a regular basis in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area with artists of various generations including dancers and singers in diverse settings, participating in multidisciplinary music presentations, including ancient Near Eastern and modern European poetry in his own translations at venues such as the Detroit Institute of Art and the Kelsey Museum in Ann Arbor.

He has performed in Warsaw, Berkeley, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere with musicians such as Jason Kao Hwang, Ken Filiano, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Vinny Golia, Jon Raskin, Gino Robair, Mike Khoury, Steve Swell, Michael A. T. Thomson, James Ilgenfritz, Sara Shoenbeck, Piotr Mełech, or Jerzy Mazzoll. Recent recordings include an appearance on Jason Kao Hwang’s Voice (Innova), on she’s still preying upon his mind (White Rose) by Will Sodeberg, and this year on Live at Edgefest (Different Track Recordings) with multi- instrumentalist Joe McPhee and drummer Andrew Drury, and, Contradictions (Creative Resources), an album of contralto and contrabass clarinet duets with Jason Alder.