Michael's "Stars" album is a classical/folk/jazz/blues fusion-written while living in Rome, and inspired by the people and experiences of his 3 years spent living in Italy. After the release of his first album "Sunrise" Michael developed an injury, and thought he may never play piano again. But through hard work and discipline Michael began to play again and this album is a celebration of his return to playing and all the people he met along the way.
"Please take a moment to listen to my music. It would mean alot to me. After you listen, email me and let me know what you think. It would be an honor for me to share my music with you. Peace." -Michael Strening Jr.
"Michael's music is passionate and beautiful. His c.d.'s are a perfect addition to any music collection."- John Gray(Ph.D) Author, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
"Close your eyes as you listen to Michael painting moods with his fingers of places and times in your life, in his life, in all of our lives." - Gary Dunham WVUD F.M.
"Beautiful" - Kim McNabb Chicago Free Press
"His compositions and chops are impressive." - Brian Williamson ChicagoMusic.net
"Some of the most beautiful piano music I have ever listened to." - Phil Zuber WDCB F.M.
"Springs to life with fluttering melodies and dynamic switches- from the faintest of sounds to bold flourishes." - Andrew Miller Pitch Weekly(Kansas City)
"There is a language being spoken by the pieno that doesn't need translation. It is a universal language that is pure and honest." - Lisa Gordon Barfly Newspaper(Chicago)
"Strening's playing can be delicate or forceful, and he frequently creates layers of sound." - Terrence Flamm Illinois Entertainer
"Perfectly suited to an intimate dinner party...certain to apeal to fans of George Winston." - Gregg Shapiro Windy City Times(Chicago)