Michael Bocian is a unique self taught guitarist, playing since his teenage years in Cleveland, Ohio. His musical studies led him from rock to classical, and eventually Jazz. He was a Protege of legendary bebop guitarist Bill DeArango, and counts among his younger major influences artist as varied as Ornette Coleman Lenny Tristano, DeArango and Julian Bream, to mention a few. In a class of Cleveland musicians that included,Joe Lovano, Bill DeArango, Skip Hadden. Tom Lellis, Jamey Haddad, and Jim Emery, he honed his improvising skills and subsequently moved to New York with Lovano in 1974. His accomplishments and improvisational skills both on electric and nylon string guitar have led him to play with some of the greatest musicians in the world today.
For this Gift ,G.M. Records
Go Groove, G.M.Records
Reverence, Enja Records
Premonition ,Enja Records
Wood, A Collection of Musical Sculptures, Ulua Music
Stork on the Hudson ,Ulua records
A Play beyond Maya, Ulua music.
I Am The Blues, Ulua Music
Here Just Visiting . Ulau Music
25 Etudes For Contemporary Guitar
"Joe Lovano", "Viva Caruso" (Blue Note records)
video with Dewey Redman: for clarinet and electric guitar
"25 Etudes for Contemporary Guitar" (Mel Bay Publications)
"At this level of improvisation, content is technique and technique is content.. both content and technique are smashing even where Mr. Bocian has acted as more in the capacity of a a composer".
Gunther Shuller ,New York Times