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Mikelane
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SEEKING

Band to Join, Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Drums, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.

ABOUT

I have extensive experience with different bands in a number of styles. Performed thorough preparation and flexibility to alter arrangements. I am a well versed player within a number of styles. I have played with a variety of artists and groups from pop and rock to big band swing. My tutor was Bob Armstrong, and I am studying a degree in contemporary music at the School of Contemporary Music and have played frequently played at top London and American function bands working. I am a competent reader; click friendly and at home in both stage and studio environments.I am an Artist who uses a variety of media, such as printmaking, (Etching) and painting, photography, as well as drawing. I attended University of East London, where I was able to utilise these different processes. It was at the University of East London, that I was awarded a BA Honours in Fine Art.
In terms of subject matter for my Art, I’m very passionate about environmental issues, such as climate change. My Art aims to raise awareness of this issue, through my printmaking, painting e.t.c.
The development of my art practice began in 1999 when I lived in New Orleans playing in the French Quarter as a blues/jazz musician. The development of my Art practice in the beginning was slow because of my financial hardship, but my interest remained strong and I believed my talent had great potential if encouraged through further encouragement in exhibitions or international competitions or published work. Being a musician, with a particular interest in the New Orleans music scene, I spent some time there, which helped to develop my interest in climate change.
The floods in New Orleans made me want to create Art which endeavours to give people an insight into how important our climate is, and how devastating it can be. The environment issues worried me, and I started to take an interest in climate change because of the levee issue because there was always talk about the levee before the canal burst, but it was only just talk and little was done to prevent the flood.
Art pioneers Helen and Newton Harrison gave me a source of encouragement because I noticed one fact difference of climate change and the War environment after devastating consequences they both looked similar
I very much hope to continue creating Art to raise the issue of climate change

Screen name:
Mikelane
Member since:
Jun 29 2011
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
40
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week

Influences

Ray Conniff big band;JAMES LAST big band;Claude Bolling Big Band The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra;Jose Feliciano;John Paul Young - Love Is In The Air (1978);Paul Carrack ;The Highwaymen - Highwayman;BUDDY RICH;Gene Krupa

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Moderate
Other Percussion:
Moderate
Piano:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Yamaha; Electric Kit