A collaborative project between myself and drummer-composer Jonathan Taylor. Most often, it takes the shape of a trio, featuring eminent bassist Jaribu Shahid. We search for the inner logic of musical language by exploring the outer limits of the jazz repertoire. Many performances on the horizon; check the Events page of this site for upcoming shows.
An exceedingly bold theater and performance project from brothers Paul and Jim Manganello. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with them on two shows in the past as composer — The Mute Quire (2012) and String Up the Moon (2014). Paul and I have a brand new duet project that we will be mounting through the Cleveland Public Theater’s Test Flight program in April 2019 — stay tuned for that. More information about Fratellanza can be found at http://fratellanzatheater.org/.
Michael Malis Solo Piano
My solo piano work, focusing on an improvisational approach to the piano. Recordings forthcoming.
Detroit Composer’s Project
Detroit Composers’ Project is a new collaboration focused on building performance opportunities in Detroit for new music and new artists. The project aims to cultivate relationships between composers and performers to present performances of new works. I’m excited to be on the Artistic Committee of this project, and to have two of my recent compositions commissioned by this group. I’m very excited about the future of this collaboration between myself, fellow composer Harriet Steinke, and Detroit-area performers. More information about DCP can be found at https://www.harrietsteinke.com/detroit-composers-project/.
My duo collaboration with saxophonist Marcus Elliot. We’ve released one album (find it on my discography page) and have a whole slew of exciting performances coming up in the next year. Learn more in my “Events” page, or by visiting https://www.balancemusic.net/
Michael Malis Solo Electronics
Sometimes I play solo with electronics, usually centering around one or more keyboards. It has a very different character than my work as a pianist. Check Audio Ephemera, my blog on this website, for sporadic updates and home recordings in this vein.
Sol Jazz Sundays
For almost seven years, I’ve held down the piano chair at this weekly session at The Raven’s Club in Ann Arbor, MI. We all came together under the leadership of vocalist Heather Schwartz. Heather still sings with us occasionally, but the core group includes Ingrid Racine (trumpet), Josef Deas (bass), Jesse Kramer (drums), and myself on piano, with different special guests every week. It’s a spirited gig at a great venue, and it attracts an interesting and dedicated audience. http://theravensclub.com/
Shaping the space-time continuum in real space and time. A collaborative duo between myself and drummer-composer-artist Matthew Daher. We have two recordings under our name, and we’ve put together more performances that have made me proud than I can count. This group has been largely defunct for the last couple of years, but I’m extremely grateful for the work that we’ve done. Maybe one day we’ll be able to come back together. http://dahermalisduo.bandcamp.com/
Michael Malis Trio
At one point, this was my main performance and compositional outlet. Now this band, featuring Ben Rolston on bass and Stephen Boegehold on drums, is largely defunct — or maybe on extended hiatus. When we were active, we made one record that I was extremely proud of, Lifted from the No of All Nothing (see my discography page.) We toured quite a bit in the Midwest and East Coast, and played at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
We do have and EP’s worth of music already recorded, and I am hopeful that that music will one day see the light of day. For the moment, other projects are taking up most of my time and energy. It would be easy to blame the end of this group on Ben and Stephen’s move to New York, but that’s not really what happened. In truth, my aesthetics have changed dramatically. Nonetheless, I’m extremely proud of what this group has been able to accomplish. http://michaelmalistrio.bandcamp.com/