Described as ‘one of the most innovative European jazz musicians of his generation’, Mike Nielsen will perform a programme of jazz, classical, flamenco, Latin and other exciting music at Castletown.
Guitarist, composer, educator and author, Mike Nielsen is noted for his innovative
performances and research. He has shared the stage with many international stars including
Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Dominique Di
Piazza and Paul Wertico. As a soloist he has toured extensively and opened for John
McLaughlin on his first visit to Dublin. Mike’s performance-based qualifications include a PhD
in microtonal performance, MPhil in physics and music, LTCL in classical guitar performance,
in addition to a two-year study period at Berklee College of Music, Boston.
In 2016, German publishers, Schott, published his book on rhythm as part of their new Jazz Handbook Series.
A lecturer in Jazz at TU Dublin, Mike initiated Masters in Jazz Performance programme and
recently wrote a jazz guitar syllabus which was implemented in 2018. Also, in 2018 he
collaborated with singer Sibéal on her debut EP which was recorded at Abbey Road studios.
His solo music, which includes original compositions is performed on a classical guitar and is
influenced by an eclectic musical taste including jazz, classical, flamenco, Latin, African, rock
and Indian music. Featured on 22 CDs as leader and sideman, Mike’s new solo and microtonal
guitar CDs were released by modalcitizenrecords.com to critical acclaim.