Bio: Michael Manring

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Michael Manring Bio Briefs

“A master of the fretless bass without rival.” (Guitar Club Magazine)

Considered the world's leading solo bassist, Michael has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the bass for over three decades.

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It is Michael’s ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners.

The enlightenment came from feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy Michael felt playing…” (Tom Darter, Keyboard Magazine)

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Michael weaves his musical influences into a tapestry rich with expression, virtuosity, humor and meaning using a variety of bass guitars and far reaching, innovative approaches he is renown for.

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Michael Manring One Sheet

Considered by many to be the world's leading solo bassist, Michael has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the bass guitar for over three decades.

While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners.

Building on the concepts of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies.

He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings a session musician and thousands of concerts through out the world in venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo and Davies Symphony Hall in san Fransisco.

His long-term collaboration and close friendship with guitar genius Michael Hedges led to a lengthy stint as house bassist for Windham Hill Records.

“A master of the fretless bass without rival.” (Guitar Club Magazine, Italy.)

He has garnered two Gold records, Grammy and Bammie nominations, a Berklee College Of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, Bass Player Magazine Readers Poll 1994 Bassist of the Year. He was also the subject of a PBS documentary, The Artists Profile: Michael Manring.

In his solo concerts Michael weaves together his musical influences into a tapestry rich with expression, virtuosity, humor and meaning while using a variety of bass guitars and the far reaching, innovative approaches he is renown for.

“Do not miss your next opportunity to discover the bassist with the most fresh and inventive playing today.” (France’s Musicien Magazine).

Michael Manring

Michael Manring Full Bio

Considered by many to be the world's leading solo bassist, Michael has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the bass guitar for over three decades.

While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners.

As editor Tom Darter wrote in Keyboard Magazine after seeing one of Michael’s solo concerts, “Forget his astounding technique and musicality; forget his absolute command of his instruments; forget how seamlessly the musical ideas and the performance of them were wedded together..The enlightenment came most from feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy Michael felt to be playing…his brand of transcendental chops and musical understanding…was all in the service of the final outcome, the joy of making music.”

Building on the concepts of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies.

He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings a session musician and thousands of concerts through out the world in venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo and Davies Symphony Hall in san Fransisco.

Michael has worked with a surprisingly diverse collection of musicians from New Age keyboardist Susan Ciani to avant-improv guitar innovator Henry Kaiser to celebrated folk troubadour John Gorka to experimental post-metal rockers Tim Alexander (Primus) and Alex Skolnick (Testiment) to electro pop pioneer Thomas Dolby.

His long-term collaboration and close friendship with guitar genius Michael Hedges led to a lengthy stint as house bassist for Windham Hill Records; a label for whom he also worked as a solo artist, releasing four recordings under his own name: Unusual Weather (1986), Toward tThe Center of The Night (1989), Drastic Measures (1991), and Think (1994).

These along with his 1998 release, The Book of Flame on the Alchemy record label earned him an international reputation as, “…A master of the fretless bass without rival.” (Guitar Club Magazine, Italy.)

He has garnered two Gold records, Grammy and Bammie nominations, a Berklee College Of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Just Plain Folks Awards and numerous Bass Player Magazine Readers Poll awards including 1994 Bassist of the Year. He was also the subject of a PBS documentary, The Artists Profile: Michael Manring. A youtube video of him playing his iconic solo piece “Selene” has well over one million views.

In his solo concerts Michael weaves together his musical influences into a tapestry rich with expression, virtuosity, humor and meaning. As one writer put it, “Michael Manring can do more with a bass than even the most creative individual could imagine.” (L. Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register).

His newest release Soliloquy, performed entirely solo without overdubs, is the best recorded example yet of that depth and diversity.

Using a variety of bass guitars and the far reaching, innovative approaches he is renown for, with Enhanced CD content including Michale’s extensive 24 page liner notes detailing the recording and composing process, photos and live performance videos, Soliloquy takes the listener on a unique musical journey.

We hope you will follow the advice of France’s Musicien Magazine: “Do not miss your next opportunity to discover the bassist with the most fresh and inventive playing today.”

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