Holiday Strings is a compilation of instrumental guitar, traditional holiday songs performed by Michael Angelo Batio.
MAB Bio 2006
Michael invented and was the world’s first player of the twin-necked, left and right-handed Double-Guitar. He plays the guitar right or left-handed. He also plays both guitars together in harmonies or two separate parts together at the same time.
Michael invented the String Dampeners that he uses on the Double-Guitar.
Michael has a patent on the String Dampeners.
Michael invented his signature stage move called the “MAB Over-Under” technique.
Michael started his own record label “M.A.C.E. Music” in 1993 and was one of the first music companies to go on line in 1996. M.A.C.E Music is now an established, successful company.
The February 2006 issue of Guitar Player Magazine has a feature article on Michael Angelo Batio focusing on his “Hands Without Shadows” CD.
MAB has had feature articles in all 3 of the major USA Guitar Magazines, (Guitar World, Guitar Player and Guitar One) within the last year.
Michael, like Joe Satriani also has a famous guitar student! Michael taught (Rage Against The Machine and AudioSlave) guitaristTom Morello while Michael was attending college. Tom has credited MAB with teaching him in a feature article in Guitar World Magazine in 2005.
On October 27th, 2005 Michael released his critically acclaimed “Hands Without Shadows” CD. This is Michael’s most ambitious work to date featuring guest appearances by Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed, Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy, Whitesnake and Quiet Riot, Doug Marks, founder of Metal Method, virtuoso guitarist Bill Peck and more. Bobby Rock played drums on the entire CD. The primary bassist William Kopecky is a 6 string and fretless virtuoso.
In October 2005, Guitar World Magazine launched a cable TV show on the Comcast Cable network with MAB having an 11 minute segment on the show. The top 3 video segments in terms of popularity and viewer ship were Zakk Wylde, Michael Angelo Batio and Steve Vai coming in at numbers 1, 2 and 3 with Dave Mustaine at no. 4.
Guitar World Magazine’s July 2005 issue featured Michael in a major 6 page article plus a 2 page “collectors choice” color poster of his famous Dean Double-Guitar. In addition to this there was a full page Dean Guitars ad featuring Michael as well as a Metal Method ad also featuring Michael. Guitar World Magazine called Michael “the most blazing guitarist on the planet” in this issue. This was huge!
Guitar One Magazine wrote several articles on Michael in 2005. They also mentioned Michael in other columns (in 2005).
Guitar One Magazine voted Michael the no. 1 Shredder of ALL TIME in their April 2003 issue. Other notable guitarists that made the top 10 were John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Buckethead, (the late, great) Shawn Lane and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Guitar World Magazine, Jan 2004 issue, names Michael Angelo Batio’s “Speed Kills” one of the “75 Essential Guitar DVD’s”. Guitar World and a host of rock giants named their favorite guitar DVD’s. “Speed Kills”, Michael’s instructional DVD is in the category “Master Classes” with B.B King, Flea, Frank Gambale and John Petrucci. Guitar World calls “Speed Kills”:
“The ultimate face-melting instructional DVD”.
Guitar World Magazine (March 2004 issue) names Michael Angelo Batio one of the “Top 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time”. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Edward Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page were among the 100 chosen. Everyone from CNN to Yahoo on-line has talked and written about this.
Michael was honored by the G Martell University in Mexico City, Mexico in September 2003. They named a classroom in his honor and placed his hand prints in cement displaying them on their “Walk of Fame”.
Michael released 2 DVDs in 2003. “Speed Kills” and “Speed Lives”.
Both are in conjunction with Doug Marks and Metal Method Productions.
FHM Magazine, November issue 2003 named Michael and his “Quad” guitar one of the top 50 most outrageous moments in rock history! The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Axel Rose, The Eagles and many more were also named to the list. Halle Berry is featured on the cover.
Michael started playing piano and composing at age 5 and started playing guitar at age 10.
Michael has had 2 major label record deals. Atlantic Records with the band “Holland” and Rhino/Warner Brothers Records with the band “Nitro”.
Michael won the WAMI 2004 Guitarist of the Year award. He also performed at the awards show.
Michael has performed over 1200 shows in 39 different countries since 1993. He has toured the world performing guitar workshops for Dean Guitars, touring with various bands and as a solo artist. The 39 countries he has toured in are: U.S.A (44 states including Alaska), ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, WALES, BELGIUM, HOLLAND, SPAIN, ITALY, PORTUGAL, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, FINLAND, DENMARK, SWITZERLAND, LITHUANIA, CANADA, MEXICO, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, RUSSIA, FRANCE, PERU, The CANARY ISLANDS, TURKEY, JAPAN, CHINA, The PHILIPPINES, MALAYSIA, BRAZIL, EL SALVADOR, TAIWAN, HONG KONG, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, SWEDEN, NORWAY, HUNGARY and SLOVAKIA.
Michael toured in Europe with the late, legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience Bass player Noel Redding in winter of 1999.
June 1995, Michael's first solo CD "No Boundaries" was released worldwide on Michael’s label M.A.C.E. Music, Inc. Records. “No Boundaries” is considered by many to be one of the best instrumental electric guitar CDs of it’s kind ever recorded.
Michael started as a session guitarist when he was 19 years old. He has recorded TV, radio and industrial film music for: Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, United Airlines, United Way, McDonalds and the Chicago Wolves hockey team among others.
Michael starred in the made for cable movie "Shock'em Dead". The movie played on Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel and Pay-Per-View.
The band "Nitro" (with Michael on guitar) released the disc "O.F.R." on Rhino/Capital records. Michael produced the record and it "hit" the Billboard charts. "Nitro" made 3 MTV video's, hosted MTV's "Headbangers Ball" (where Michael played live) and toured to sold-out shows everywhere.
Michael has a no.1, best-selling "Star-Licks" instructional video. This the FIRST “shred” instructional video, showing for the first time concepts such as arpeggio “sweeps”, advanced Alternate picking, the applications of “Economy of Motion”, PPS (potential picking speed) and practicing the Tremolo. People like John Petrucci, Dimebag, Michael Romeo and more learned from this groundbreaking instructional program. Over 100,000 videos have been sold worldwide. This video was Star Licks no.1 bestseller for 2 years straight!
Michael is from Chicago and has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Northeastern Illinois University.
At 14 MAB was playing Jazz and by 16 won an award for outstanding Jazz soloist on guitar.