Michael Allen Harrison
Michael Allen Harrison delivers music to the heart. His classical contemporary style carves a distinct niche of timeless music that has connected with thousands throughout his three-decade career. Michael is an American composer, songwriter and pianist from Portland, Oregon. As an iconic artist, he is known for his magical piano solo performances and recordings, his upbeat sound with his band, his work with inspiring vocalist Julianne Johnson, his skills producing and creating music for ballet, theater and film, his love for teaching and for his giving spirit. Michael is the founder and president of the Snowman Foundation, the Ten Grands concert series, and the beloved Christmas at the Old Church concert series, approaching its 25th season.
He has created over fifty albums released through MAH Records.
L E G A C Y
MIchael was honored with a star on the walk of fame in front of the Portland Performing Arts Center for his artistic and community contributions to his beloved city- Portland, Oregon.
A Yamaha / Bosendorfer Artist, Michael is the founder of the Snowman Foundation, a nonprofit which has raised over 3 million dollars for music education supporting school programs and community centers. The organization has made hundreds of instruments and scholarships available to gifted yet disadvanteged children.
He created the Ten Grands concert series as the main platform and fundraiser for the Snowman Foundation. In "Ten Grands", Michael joins forces with nine other pianists performing together on ten pianos to benefit the mission of The Snowman Foundation. The concert is approaching its 16th season. Michael expanded his mission to Seattle and created a 75-minute matinee show especially for local students. The three "Ten Grands for Kids" shows feature talented young artists performing alongside seasoned proffesionals. Through his concerts, Michael reminds the world of the importance of music education.
R E C O G N I T I O N
Michael's unique brand of music ranges from movie scores to passionate arrangements for piano, orchestra, ballet, jazz, fusion, smooth jazz, pop, New Age, and contemporary adult.
His record, "Emotional Connection", received a NASA Orbiting Certificate for air play in space on the space shuttle ENDEAVOR. His 1994 album "Circle of Influence" went up on the space shuttle DISCOVERY. On January 29, 1999, Michael was invited to perform in NYC at the United Nations premiering "Remembrance", a tribute song to the 50th Anniversary of Israel's independence (which can be heard on his benefit CD "Seasons of Peace", recorded for the organization "Season of Non-Violence").
Additionally, Michael performed at THE WORLD PEACE CONFERENCE at the Hague in the Netherlands on May 14, 1999. He has performed for President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Quincy Jones during their visit to Portland, Oregon. As the opening act for the Celebrity Forum Interactive Speaker Series, Michael played for Walter Cronkite, Jerry Spence, Margaret Thatcher, Jerry Lewis, Colin Powell, Jan Schlichtman and James Whitmore. He also composed and performed a new work entitled "Ocean of Wisdom" for the Dalai Lama.
Every year, Michael presents a new composition with The Portland Festival Symphony during their summer concert series. In 2008, he was honored by the Oregon Symphony by the presentation of a two hour program highlighting Michael' compositions.
F I L M
Michael scored the motion pictures "Claire of the Moon" (1992), James Westby's "Anoosh of the Airways" (1998), the short films "Mortified Man" and "Both Sides Now", and a documentary for OPB, "Age of Infamy". Additionally, he has produced scores for national infomercials such as Solo Flex and Nordic Flex Gold, as well as a national commercial for United Way.
B A L L E T & T H E A T E R
Michael premiered a new ballet with the Vancouver Dance Theater in April 1999, depicting The Velveteen Rabbit, the children's classic story by Marjorie Williams. Michael also scored a children's musical version of The Velveteen Rabbit for the Oregon Childrens' Theater and premiered it for Christmas 2000.
As the music director for the American Dance Theater in Portland in 1988, Michael wrote the score for Snowman: A Winter Ballet. This children's ballet was locally popular for years until the dispersion of the American Dance Theater in 1994. Michael has also acted as the company pianist for the Pacific Ballet Theater, Ballet Oregon, and Oregon Ballet Theater. He premiered his musical Prometheus at The Lakewood Theater in 2009. The following year, he was one of the four composers who contributed to the hit musical, 69.
In 2012, he created The Snowman And The Red Thread, a children's story and ballet featuring Polaris Dance Theater. In the same year, he wrote the music for Stumptown Stages' hit musical "It's A Wonderful Life" (additional music by Julianne Johnson, book and lyrics by Alan Berg and Janet Mouser). In 2015, Stumptown Stages premiered "Soul Harmony", created by the same creative team.
Aubrey Cleland is an American model and singer who came 11th place on the twelfth season of American Idol.
Aubrey had tried out for the Ninth and Eleventh seasons of American Idol, before finally progressing to the Top 40 when she tried out for the Twelfth season. For her Top 40 performance she sang Beyoncé's Sweet Dreams and advanced to the Semi-finals. In the Semi-finals she performed Fergie's Big Girls Don't Cry, however the public didn't vote her to be part of the Top 10 and she was eliminated. However, it was announced that a sing-off would take place between the top voted male and female who didn't make the Top 10, in order to join the American Idol Tour. Aubrey beat Charlie Askew in sing-off and joined the other Top 10 contestants on the Tour.
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Even in the cluttered field of blues-inspired sirens, Haley Johnsen is not to be mistaken as just another one of the girls. A native Portlander and daughter of a drummer, Haley's sound draws out the emotions of each note with impressive range, while her songwriting provides a candid glimpse at the joys and pains of young life.
Shy and fearful about her ability to sing when a child, Johnsen kept her obsession with finding the perfect harmonies to herself until her early 20's. Like a whirlwind, she suddenly found herself cast into the national spotlight in 2012 when she captivated American Idol Season 11 viewers making it all the way through to the Top 24 semifinals before conceding. Haley has since been utilizing the steam from this experience and making waves throughout the Northwest as an independent singer-songwriter.
Her first EP, "Through the Blue," is a playfully mastered farewell to lost love and youthful trysts. Her most recent single release "Feel the Water" is a step in a new direction instrumentally, while still possessing an emotional yet empowering atmosphere. Her versatile rock ensemble is lead with ease through a mixture of anthemic and melancholic original works, with an alternative rock appeal. Haley's influences range from the eccentricities of bands like Radiohead and Pink Floyd; to classic, folk and indie-rock vocalists such as of Eva Cassidy, Nicole Atkins, Florence Welch and Brandi Carlile – all artists with a flair for the dramatic in their delivery.
Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer performs cutting edge original music and arrangements with virtuosity and passion. Aaron brings his fresh and invigorating instrumental style to the stage and genuinely connects with audiences of all ages. Meyer's unique brand of music bridges world, contemporary progressive rock and classical genres. A classically trained violinist since age 5, Meyer debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, and has soloed with major international symphony orchestras and ballet companies, in addition to performing for many world leaders and Dignitaries. Meyer has worked with vastly contrasting artists such as Pink Martini, Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, The Temptations, Leftover Salmon, 2002 Miss America - Katie Harman, and the platinum record selling band, Everclear.
"I just wanted to tell you that you are inspirational, and I love where your path has taken you. It gives me courage to seek exceptional opportunities on my own path". - Dustin Woodhouse
Meyer has recorded nine albums thus far, including his latest and most exciting CD of original music entitled "The Journey...not the Destination" which features Aaron's latest compositions and dynamic arrangements inspired by his passion for world travel and culture. Aaron released his third holiday CD "The Holiday Spirit" in November 2008. Each December, Aaron brings superior talent and variety to the stage with his annual holiday concert series throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Aaron presents his annual holiday concert in Portland each year with the support of major sponsors (Zupan's Markets, Moonstruck Chocolatier, Comcast, The Portland Hilton, and The Portland Tribune). Continuing with his theme of "Holiday Music from Around the World", Aaron brings international talent and guest artists to the stage such as famous Fijian guitarist/songwriter Jale Mareau, gospel singers The Brown Sisters, as well as The Gothard Sisters who are current champion Irish dancers and fiddlers.
Aaron began studying the violin when he was five years old with his father, Julian Meyer. Studies continued with Luis Biava - associate conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also at Indiana University with Yuval Yaron - a student of Jascha Heifetz. It may be surprising to learn that Aaron shut his violin case when he was 19 years old and began down a new path by pursuing an undergraduate degree in Natural Science from Lewis & Clark College (1995). Following graduation, Aaron embarked on an 11-month journey into some of the most remote regions of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific which ultimately inspired him to create a unique style of original music combining world, contemporary progressive rock and classical influences. The flavors in Aaron's variety of music depict a piece of each cultural experience from every village, every Island, every colorful place he has encountered and he continues to redefine his sound.
Upon returning from his life changing adventure in Southeast Asia, Aaron completed his Masters Degree from Portland State University. Aaron then joined the band Pink Martini and recorded on their debut CD, Sympathique (which has sold over 700,000 copies world wide). He performed with Pink Martini for almost 2 years; shortly thereafter he began composing his own original music and released his first solo CD "Near The Edge". Aaron began his journey of combining classical and rock music on this CD, which was commissioned for the Oregon Ballet Theatre production of "Dance Near The Edge".
Other opportunities that followed included a request from Everclear to compose and arrange string parts for their album "Slowmotion Daydream". Television opened a new door for Aaron to compose music for PBS specials as well as Microsoft commercials. His music then took him to The Hague, in Holland where he performed songs for the World Peace Conference. Playing his own unique version of the National Anthem at the NBA Western Conference Finals was a great highlight for Aaron who is an avid basketball fan.
On May 15, 2001 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon 10,000 people watched as Aaron played on stage with the Dalai Lama, where he performed an original piece of music written for the Dalai Lama's visit to Portland along with another well known Portland Musician, Pianist Michael Allen Harrison.
Subsequent CD releases include: "A Winter's Dance" and "The Fourth Season" both collections of uniquely beautiful arrangements of traditional holiday favorites. "Iniziare" high energy classical crossover and world music followed by "Unfinished journey: The Lewis and Clark Expedition", which was a 13 part public radio series played nationwide on NPR radio. In 2007 Aaron released "From the Beginning" a sentimental journey of the sounds from his early career as a young performer of classical music. His music from these CDs was performed by Aaron and his band at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on November 18, 2004 along with the entire Oregon Symphony. This was Aaron's second time soloing with a major symphony. Later he soloed with the Bangkok Symphony after they learned of his Tsunami benefit concert in Phuket, Thailand that contributed over $10,000.00USD to rebuild a local school damaged by this catastrophic event.
Aaron generously donates to causes he believes in and is very active in his own local community as well as worldwide organizations. He plays regularly at auctions and charity events including International Medical Teams, American Lung Cancer Association, Salud Pinot Noir Charity auction, Doernbecher hospital, and much more. One very special and memorable highlight was when Aaron performed at an orphanage in Cambodia in association with Holt International, an adoption agency based in Oregon.
Aaron's love for young people and education inspired him to create his unique music educational programs, which continually inspire students worldwide. Each year, Aaron visits dozens of schools all over the Pacific Northwest, presenting assembly style educational music programs, workshops and assisting in creating CDs of student-written songs. He also works with youth orchestras and conducts his own annual, music education summer camp. Aaron produced an educational CD entitled "Practice Classical Violin and Play Like A Rock Star". This innovative tool works in conjunction with Suzuki Books 1 & 2 for Violin, and inspires young students to have some fun when they practice.
Aaron resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Renee Meyer and their dogs Bootsie, Bernice and Tierney. When he's not performing, he teaches private lessons, composes original music, and conducts music education programs in elementary and middle schools around the region. A passionate advocate of the value of music education, he actively supports opportunities to further arts education in our schools and communities.
Aaron's love of music is matched by his love of travel; a passion he shares with his wife Renee, founder/owner of the Nation's top honeymoon niche travel agency, Unforgettable Honeymoons. After spending 64 days hiking in the Himalayas in Nepal and Northern Burma, he developed a true appreciation for the beauty and cultural richness of South and Southeast Asia. He travels frequently to Fiji, Cambodia and Thailand, deepening his respect for the simplicity and peacefulness of the lives he encounter.
Aaron enjoys preparing a variety of ethnic dishes, serving them with fine wines from around the world. He is also committed to his health and fitness and spends time hiking, biking, gardening and scuba diving.
“I was born on a Monday, in the thickening snow, so it’s safe to say that hard work is habit that lives in my bones …”
Tyler Stenson — Monday and a Mountain
Born in Lander, WY but raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is a bold, lyric-first Portland singer songwriter that draws profound influence from his roots in the humble West. Raised a vocalist by his musical mother, a perfectionist by his father the architect and a scrapper by the pair, Stenson’s unique brand of “Elegant Folk” music is the fitting result of his upbringing — wildly creative but ever wrangled by his meticulous attention to detail and desire to design things differently.
“As long as there has been a song, I’ve felt it in my bones. It was a gift from my dear mother and her father who passed on — yes, a long line of the Music Makers and of Soldiers for the Muse.”
Tyler Stenson — Fight ’til Dying Day
As front man and songwriter for his former bands Lander and Rhetoric Tuesday, Stenson played the Northwest college circuit throughout the early 2000s with great success. However, often unfulfilled by the beer soaked bars and bent upon highlighting his poignant lyrics that were too often shadowed by nightlife noise, he soon put band-oriented rock-n-roll to rest and tackled the burgeoning Portland scene in 2007, as a solo artist — and it was the best decision he would ever make.
Soon after this seismic shift, Stenson was twice named the “Songwriter of the Year” by the Portland Songwriters Association (2007 and 2008) and “Best Male Artist” at the Portland Music Awards, blazing the trail for his authentic sound to claim its stake on the national stage. Already considered one of the premiere singer/songwriters in the Northwest, Stenson was eventually named a Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center’s ‘Search for the Next Great American Songwriter’ contest with Don Was (out of 10,000) and, out of nearly 4,000 bands, he was hand-selected by Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) and Ryan Spaulding (RSLblog) to perform at The Outlaw Roadshow showcase at SxSW in Austin, TX.
“With the delivery of lyrics that leap from the page, Stenson’s an artist who’s instantly arresting. Everything I heard was worth repeat listening.”
Ryan Spaulding — RSLBlog.com
With his national name growing, Stenson was named Reverb Nation’s Breaking Artist in 2013 and has been invited to open for LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Marc Cohn, Matisyahu, Fuel, Guster (and many others). He has placed original songs on multiple national Chevrolet commercials, as well as, a handful of others placed in Internationally televised shows.
While Portland has no doubt given Stenson his artistic edge, he spent two years as a singer and songwriter in Nashville, learning from the best, carving his place in the ranks and all the while touring the nation and building his loyal following that he aptly dubs “The Elegant Folk.”
With a well of experience behind him, Stenson continues to press forward with a undaunted belief in his own abilities to plot his own path. A fearless DIY recording artist, he has self-released several albums, including his acclaimed Some Days I’m a Lion LP, featuring the heart-swelling single This Too Shall Pass that can be found in rotation on SiriusXM’s Coffee House station and recently recognized as a Finalist in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.
In an age where thoughtful lyric has taken a backseat to hyper production, Stenson has learned one thing through his decade-plus of experiences and performances at notable venues such as the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles: Lyric is King. Stenson’s music is just that — simple words paired with humble notes that all at once sum up the human experience, endlessly inspiring the train of followers that find a piece of themselves in the sincerity of his words.
“Don’t whisper softly the things that you want loudly to be.”
Tyler Stenson — Portland Singer Songwriter — Whistle Stop