Vibe demonstrates Mike's versatility as an artist and performer. In addition to composing and arranging all music on the CD, Mike performs all guitar tracks as well as bass, keyboards and vocals. "I feel Vibe is a true representation of my development as a writer and lead guitarist." His debut as a solo artist with the release of Total Freedom, established him as a versatile composer capturing many moods. On his second CD, Full Circle, he took his writing and arranging skills to a new level by including full band arrangements and incorporating vocals. Full Circle was regularly featured on National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, and Mike has appeared many times on Fox news, as well as on several national and local TV shows. Full Circle is also played on radio stations in Europe, Asia and South America. Mike was featured on the Jason Becker tribute CD, Warmth in the Wilderness, which was an international release on a Finnish label.
Mike has performed extensively in venues throughout the Northeast as a solo performer and as the lead guitarist for a number of original bands. He appeared as the solo acoustic act opening for the B-52s. He also opened for headliners such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Spin Doctors, KC and the Sunshine Band, Shotgun Messiah, Lizzy Bordan, Vinnie Moore, Winger, Dokken, Sebastian Bach,Rik Emmett and many others.
An honors graduate of GIT in Hollywood, CA, Mike provides private instruction in guitar and bass to both aspiring and professional musicians. He currently teaches more than 60 students weekly in the Albany area. He also regularly writes online lessons for the Guitar9 website and has been a featured instructor in Guitar Player magazine. Mike has released a multi-format instructional video "Virtuoso Rock Fusion Concepts." Mike continues to develop his musical knowledge with private instruction from such accomplished musicians as Bill Connors of the Chick Corea Band, guitar legend Stanley Jordan and jazz guitarist Wayne Krantz.
For more information on Mike and his music, visit www.mikecampese.com.