Mike Outram is one of the UKâ€™s foremost guitarists who is sought after as an improviser and for his ability to contribute a unique voice to any musical ensemble. He has toured internationally, appeared on over a hundred CDs for Universal, Sony, Candid, Blue Note records and others. He has a vast experience of working in varied, challenging and interesting settings. Some highlights include: A televised Prom from The Royal Albert Hall with The Aurora Orchestra, a 200Âpiece childrenâ€™s choir and the cast of the TV show Horrible Histories; coaching and recording with Vanessa Redgrave for the upcoming film â€˜Song for Marionâ€™; international concerts with Chick Corea saxophonist Tim Garland; recording for Steven Wilson on his Insurgentes album alongside Jordan Rudess, Tony Levin and Gavin Harrison; playing classical guitar with string quartet to film at the Sao Paulo Film Festival, Brazil; recording with Danish drummer and composer Sebastiaan Cornellisen and John McLaughlin bassist Hadrian Feraud; recording Laura Rossiâ€™s film soundtrack to â€˜The Firmâ€˜; playing swanee whistle in a tribute to Clangers creator Oliver Postgate; playing on Theo Travisâ€™s ambient/progressive rock album with Robert Fripp and subsequent UK tour; a European tour with soulÂfunk legend Carleen Anderson; acompletely improvised recording with bassÂplayer Steve Lawson; concerts in South Africa with Herbie Mann; sessions with Photek and the Cinematic Orchestra, producing a comedy geekÂmetal band â€“ The Banzai Buddy Band;a tour of Japan with TALC; performances and workshops all over the UK with Childrenâ€™s Poet Laureate Michael Rosen and The Homemade Orchestra, and recording Harvey Broughâ€™s largeÂscale work â€˜Requiemâ€™ with Clare College Choir. He works regularly in these UK based ensembles: Martin Speake Group, which explores contemporary jazz, Indian carnaticÂinfluenced music and free improvised music; Asaf Sirkisâ€™ MessiaenÂmeetsÂProg group; Issie Barrattâ€™s contemporary Big Band; Pop/country singerÂsongwriter Rebecca Hollweg; The Tony Woods Project, Gareth Lockrane, Dylan Howe, Tim Whitehead, Karen Street, Jacqui Dankworth, Dave Oâ€™Higgins, London Horns. In addition to performing, Mike is a professor at Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music London. He has also taught at Middlesex University, London College of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Purcell School, and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is on the faculty for the Jamey Aebersold Summer School in the UK, and has directed group workshops on improvisation, performance and composition, as well as numerous guitarÂspecific workshops and clinics internationally. He also penned a monthly tuition column in Guitarist Magazine for 3 years.
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