“Michael Janisch is a commanding bassist, who brings a sinewy thrust to the ensemble with masterful agility.” Downbeat Magazine
Michael Janisch has established himself as a tireless creative force across the developing international spheres of contemporary improvised and experimental music. Based in London (originally from the USA), he successfully traverses this creative topography as a first-call electric & double bassist, solo artist, composer, producer, and record label owner of Whirlwind Recordings, which has become one of the world’s premier indie labels of the last decade. Janisch’s previous albums have been nominated for a MOBO, Parliamentary and Urban Music Award while getting spins on Gilles Peterson, NPR, WDR, JazzFM Radio Shows as well as coverage in Jazzwise Magazine, The NY Times & Guardian and beyond to international acclaim.
This coming September he will launch both his 6th album as a leader Worlds Collide as well as his new band who start a year-long tour to support the album. Worlds Collide is an electro-acoustic album of original material recorded at Abbey Road Studios, combining contemporary jazz heavily influenced by both the London/New York scenes alongside free improvisations and soaring melodies over multi-metered grooves paying hommage to artists such as Feli Kuti & Afro-Beat and the electronic music pioneer Aphex Twin.
Joining Janisch is his new band which showcases some of the finest London-based performers today in Nathaniel Facey on alto saxophone (Emperical, Gary Crosby OBE), George Crowley on tenor saxophone (Melt Yourself Down, Yazz Ahmed), Rick Simpson on piano/keys (Christian Scott, Leo Richardson), and Shane Forbes on drums (Soweto Kinch, Emperical).
- Genres: Jazz
- Occupation(s): Bass player
- Nationality: American
- Website: https://www.michaeljanisch.com/