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Mike Marshall |
Mike Marshall is one of the world's most accomplished and versatile mandolinists. His performances swing gracefully between bluegrass, jazz, classical and Brazilian musical styles. Mike began his career as a member of The David Grisman Quintet in the 1970s and has toured and recorded with Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Darol Anger, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas and Bela Fleck.
“The music contained in this joyful set puts out the energy and enthusiasm of bluegrass, the elegance of classical, the lyrical awareness of folk and the chops of jazz...“ -No Depression

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Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall Carmel Bach Festival 2014 Santa Morena

Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall J S Bach Oboe Violin Concerto BWV1060 Dm 3rd Movement Carmel


Borealis - Darol Anger and Mike Marshall

Mike Marshall on Mandocello


Fisher's Hornpipe

Mike Marshall & Darol Anger in Wuppertal (Germany) - Wayfaring Stranger

Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer, FreshGrass 2013

Carpathian Mt. Breakdown - Mike Marshall & Chris Thile

Mike Marshall & Darol Anger - Duet Breakdown

Mike Marshall is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile string instrumentalists in America today. In 2014 Mike was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording with the Turtle Island Quartet in the ‘Classical Compendium’ category.


Mike is indeed a living compendium of musical styles. A master of mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin, he has created some of the most adventurous and interesting instrumental music on over 40 recordings to date that seamlessly blend his American roots background with a deep understanding of Brazilian, European classical and folks styles and American jazz and pop music.


Whether playing his own compositions with Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck or Chris Thile, Brazilian choro music with Hamilton de Holanda or Baroque classical music with his partner, German mandolin virtuoso Caterina Lichtenberg, Mike is able to swing gracefully between all of these musical worlds with a unique blend of virtuosity and musical integrity that is rare in the cross-cultural musical world of today.


Mike cut his teeth on traditional American music in Florida with his own teenage bluegrass band, but by age 19 he was snatched up by the San Francisco based David Grisman Quintet to tour and record with  jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli, Tony Rice, Darol Anger and Mark O’Connor.


Since then Mike has gone on to form these groundbreaking ensembles,  The Montreux Band with Michael Manring,  Darol Anger, Andy Narell and Barbara Higbie, The Modern Mandolin Quartet,  Psychograss with David Grier, Tony Trishka and Todd Phillips,  New Grange with Tim Obrien, Allison Brown and Phil Aaberg and  The Big Trio with Paul Kowert and Alex Hargreaves.


His list of duo partners include, Caterina Lichtenberg, Darol Anger, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Hamilton De Holanda, Jovino Santos Neto, and Andy Narell


In 2015 Mike released a second Cd of Johann Sebastian Bach duets performed on mandocello and mandolin with his wife Caterina Lichtenberg in addition to a new recording with his Brazilian choro group Choro Famoso entitled Secondo Vez (Second Time).


As a mandolin educator Mike has become committed to passing on his knowledge through a variety of channels. In 2004 he founded the Mandolin Symposium at the Univ of CA in Santa Cruz with partner David Grisman. In 2012 his long time dream of a seminar for the brightest young virtuosos of today was realized when he founded the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival.


Mike now also heads The Mike Marshall School of Mandolin through the ArtistWorks! Educational Company where he is teaching hundreds of mandolinists from around the world. He has also published over 6 books on mandolin technique and has several video instruction DVDs out on the Homespun label.



Mike splits his time currently between his Oakland CA home and Wuppertal Germany where his partner Caterina Lichtenberg holds a teaching position for classical mandolin. He is currently developing a new mandolin design with the Northfield Mandolin Company.


Introducing "From the Stacks": Pico's 2010 Stacks, Volume 1

Mike Marshall An Adventure 1999-2009: This is a compilation of some highlight tracks from Marshall's albums released under Adventure Music, a label he co-founded in the late 1990's. Going agaist the grain, the track sequence goes in reverse chronological order, which means two cuts from last year's Mike Marshall's Big Trio begin the collection. It works back to collaborations with Darol Anger, Jovino Santos Neto and Bela Fleck. The common denominator, naturally, is Mike Marshall's mandolin, mandocello and acoustic six-string guitar. As arguably the world's foremost mandolin/mandocello player, you get to hear some amazing performances, but also some richly melodic tunes that range from bluegrass and European folk to jazz and Brazilian fusion. With Marshall in a variety of settings playing alongside a parade of musicians who are just as virtuosic on their own instruments, An Adventure makes a logical starting point to start your own adventure exploring the music of Marshall. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=70043
Pico, All About Jazz





7/29/2018 - 8/04/2018 Swannanoa Gathering
Swannanoa, NC

Mike Marshall and Darol Anger

 Mandolinist Mike Marshall and violinist Darol Anger have no respect for musical boundaries. Former members of the fusion group, Montreux, they've each recorded in wide ranging settings from classical to jazz, South American music to bluegrass. Marshall's Modern Mandolin Quartet and Anger's Turtle Island String Quartet were paragons of eclectic folk classicism. Collectively, they chart a new kind of folk music that draws on tradition, but finds new trajectories that posit a neoclassical world where bluegrass and polskas (not polkas) dance in aerial pirouettes.  When speaking about Darol Anger and Mike Marshall’s live performances, people often use phrases like “synergy,” “breathtaking” or “space travelers.”

Darol and Mike have created their own way of speaking – through their instruments. A connection and a shared repertoire that goes very deep; developed over 35 years of music-making in a wide variety of music styles. It is very rare what these two have the ability to do in concert... A way of communicating through their instruments that is nothing short of breathtaking.

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Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer


Sometimes all we really need is to sit on the back porch and listen to friends play music. We get that chance when two of America's musical treasures, doublebass virtuoso Edgar Meyer and mandolinist and guitiarist Mike Marshall, bring us several of their own compositions and arrangement. It's a vivid quiltwork of classical and other styles. This duo has been playing music together for twenty years. Over these past two decades, they have developed a fully realized concept of the mandolin/bass duo. Edgar and Mike present a repertoire that spans the globe; from Bach duets to Brazilian choros, and from funky original pieces their own twisted fiddle tunes.

Mike Marshall is one of the world's most accomplished and versatile acoustic musicians, a master of mandolin, guitar and violin whose playing is as imaginative and adventurous as it is technically thrilling. Able to swing gracefully from jazz to classical to bluegrass to Latin styles, he puts his stamp on everything he plays with an unusually potent blend intellect and emotion a combination of musical skill and instinct rare in the world of American vernacular instrumentalists. Joining him, prominently established as a unique and masterful instrumentalist, Edgar Meyer delights his audiences both as a vibrant performer and an innovative composer. Hailed by The New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument," Meyer combines unparalleled technique and musicianship with a gift for composition, winning him a vast, varied audience. In recognition of his unique place in the world of music, the MacArthur Foundation named him a recipient of one of the 2002 recipients of its prestigious "genius" grants.

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Trish Galfano:   trish@myriadartists.com

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Caterina Lichtenberg

Caterina Lichtenberg is one of the most important classical mandolinists in the world today. Raised in Germany, Caterina graduated with highest honors from the Music Conservatory in Cologne. She now holds the position of Professor of classical mandolin/soprano lute at that prestigious institution. (The only position of its kind in the world today)

For over 20 years Caterina has been recording, teaching and touring throughout Europe, Japan, Taiwan, South America, Canada and the U.S. to rave reviews.

In January of 2016 Caterina was signed to the Artist Works online teaching school as the classical mandolin teacher.

To date Caterina Lichtenberg has released 10 CDs under her own leadership in a variety of chamber music settings, five with guitarist/lutenist Mirko Schrader. As a specialist on early period instruments, Caterina was invited to record on a 1775 mandolin from the Ferdinandeum Museum in Innsbruck in Austria.

As a featured soloist Mrs. Lichtenberg has performed with the New Century Orchestra under Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the LA Guitar Quartet, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Germany under Diego Fasolis and the Aachen Chamber Orchestra. She has also had concerts with the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, the MDR Sinfonie Orchestra under Howard Arman, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, with Brigitte Engelhard (harpsichord), Thomas Mueller-Pering (guitar) and with Art Garfunkel on live German TV.

Caterina has also been a featured soloist at The Carmel Bach Festival, Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival, Festival de Mandolins de Lunel, France, The Savannah Music Festival, Baroque Festival in Santa Cruz CA, the Euro Festival of Plucked Instruments (Germany).

Mrs. Lichtenberg’s collaboration with American mandolinists Mike Marshall brought together two of the greatest mandolinists in the world. Their debut recording in 2010 blurred the lines between their classical, jazz, bluegrass and Brazilian musical backgrounds.
Their 2015 CD is a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach duets for mandolin and mandocello (The Two Part Inventions, Organ Duets and 3 Canons from the Art of the Fugue).

She has also been a juror and a sought after lecturer at the The Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz CA (USA), the European Plucked String Orchestra in Logroño (Spain) and Bologna (Italy),  The International Mandolin Festival in Kobe (Japan), The International Mandolin Convention in Washington and Minneapolis (USA), The Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy (Canada), The Guitar Festival in Nürtingen, The Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina (USA), and The International  Mandolin Convention in San Diego CA (USA) 

Caterina has also published her own instructional books and filmed two DVD videos for the Homespun music education company.
She currently lives part time in both Germany and California.



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