Michael Ronstadt and Rick Denzien
An adept multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer, Michael G. Ronstadt has been captivating audiences throughout North America for nearly two decades. A master at his craft, Ronstadt traverses a mélange of musical styles that range from anywhere between folk, jazz, classical, Americana and the wildly ethereal. He lends his talents to a broad range of projects, including solo work and a variety of small ensembles, as well as larger bands.
Primarily known for his prowess as a cellist, Michael G. has contributed his cello to hundreds of recordings from accomplished artists around the world. These include such names as Craig Bickhardt, Ezra Vancil, Amber Norgaard, and Zoe Mulford. Throughout his tenure as an acclaimed musical artist in his own right, Ronstadt has also premiered several classical compositions on behalf of composers like Norways Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred, as well as United States composers Conrad Kehn, Kenneth Stewart and Michael Ippolito.
He has recorded over two dozen albums under his own name or in groups that he is a part of. These include collaborations with his brother, Petie Ronstadt, in the Ronstadt Brothers band. Also of note is Ohios Serenity Fisher & the Cardboard Hearts, as well as his work as one half of the Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt avant-folk duo.
As a quintessential member of Ronstadt Brothers alongside multi-instrumentalist Petie Ronstadt and drummer Aaron Emery, Michael G. dares to twist and bend the bands Tucson Americana sound into genre-defying new worlds. Originally founded as Ronstadt Generations by his late father Michael J., they have honed in on a familial sound with this group that has propelled them from regional acclaim in Arizona to concerts regularly held throughout the continent. Michael G.s offbeat, contemporary vision brings the western band into places you may not expect while keeping these core family values at its center.
In his work with Serenity Fisher & the Cardboard Hearts, Michael G. is able to take his unusual songwriting chops to new heights. They craft high-spirited, unconventional music that pervades the senses with euphoric dynamics. Known for his improvisational skills, he offers his cello and voice to the quintet and helps to complete their Tim Burtonesque dream pop sound-sphere.
Michael G. steeps his work with Aaron Nathans in a particular blend of authenticity. Yes, the music is as brilliantly creative and out-of-the-box as one might expect, but the duo makes a concerted effort to grow their songs out of an emotional core. In their sophomore album, Hang On for the Ride, the duo has introduced an orchestral complexity to their songs. It ought to be applauded just as much as Ronstadt & Nathans innate knack to develop themes around their work so centered on honesty, nostalgia, empathy and wit.
With Trotta, Dalton & Ronstadt, Michael G. joins accomplished singer-songwriters David Trotta and James Dalton to craft an earthen blend of acoustic rock, blues and folk. They have released three live albums since 2011, each of which have been recorded in a different venue. From their debut LP 3.30.11 on through Clown Cars and Canyons, recorded in NYC and Tucson, and the Philadelphia-based Salted Butter, the trio is sure to captivate you with their harmonious sound and high energy.
Michael G. received both his bachelor and master in Cello Performance, studying under the tutelage of Nancy Green, Gordon Epperson, Nelzimar Neves, and Yehuda Hanani. When he isnt performing 250+ national and international shows a year, or contributing his highly sought-after cello to artists work as a studio musician, Michael G. teaches cello improvisation workshops internationally, from New York City to Glasgow.
Co-founder of Shaken Earth Media, alongside composer Kenneth Stewart (Dr. Ken). The label specializes in releasing instrumental music featuring outstanding current composers who cover an array of genres and styles. Shaken Earth, Vol. I features Michael G.s own composition for the soundtrack of the documentary From War to Wisdom by Josh Hisle and Dan Collins. Shaken Earth, Vol. II showcases compositions crafted by the modern classical composer Dr. Jamie Keesecker.
Finally, Michael G. has opened for a potpourri of accomplished artists, including David Bromberg, Murial Anderson, Jimmy Webb, Ruthie Foster, Jorma Kaukonen and The Burns Sisters. He was also lucky enough to play cello in concert in support of his aunt Linda three times before she retired from singing.
In whatever iteration you might be able to see Michael G. Ronstadt live, you will not be disappointed by the spectacle of his consummate, unconventional and inspiring work.
Rick Denzien has been collaborating with Michael G. Ronstadt for several years having co-produced his last 3 CDs.
Michael, Linda's nephew, has a master in cello, is singer/songwriter, is an artist in his own right and side man cellist with many Philadelphia area artists like mutual friend Craig Bickhardt.[brother Pete Ronstadt & Rick mixed Craigs live at Sellersville Theater CD] Rick took Michael on a leg of his tour through Western New York, playing the iconic Buffalo NY rock club Nietzsches. [Rick returns there this August to play Buffalos infamous Infringement Festival.] Many of the songs co-written by Rick & Michael show up on the Foolish Fox CD along with a cover of one of Ricks songs from his Heal the Land CD All Over You. If you listen to Ricks Radiate & Green Sky CDs, youll hear Michaels cello featured on several songs, and if you listen to Michael's CDs youll hear backing vocals by Lyra Project Ricks musical entity with Debra Lee.
********Rick Denzien & Michael recorded their projects at www.Bah-FoStudio.com powered exclusively by wind and rooftop solar. The studio is zero carbon and zero methane. Rick has been driving 100% electric and eating vegan since 2013 and is now considered a leader in the Zero Emission Musician movement. This past Earth Day he produced the 2nd annual www.ThriveFest.Us an original music and sustainability conference held in Ambler, PA with over 30 performing artists at select venues, music industry & sustainability professionals, complete with an electric vehicles show.
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