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Michael MonroeMichael Monroe blends vocals, guitar, and bamboo flute with creative technology. Michael's unique creation of music leaves his audiences mesmerized... Acoustic purists appreciate Michael's clean guitar playing and rich vocals as well as his "tasty" application of technology ...dubbing him the "Techno-Troubadour." He has found a way to recycle his music, live on stage. Now in his fourth decade of making music his living, his effective and versatile repertoire continues to captivate audiences of all ages with its unique blend of guitar, bamboo flute and rich vocals. Together, they create a powerful style of acoustic folk, reggae and jazz...a style that is as much fun as it is innovative.

In addition to performing in festivals, conferences, colleges, schools and clubs, Michael Monroe has spent much of the 90s performing his original music in school programs as well as with a Twin Cities non-profit organization where he shared his original music with students and faculty of all ages. In August of 2000, the MN State Arts Board selected Michael for their MN State Arts Board Performing Artists Roster and in 2001, on the Young Audiences and Duluth Depot Outreach rosters.

From vinyl to digital, Michael Monroe is now in his fourth decade of performing nationally in concert, festival, corporate and educational settings. He has travelled many miles since his first paid performance for an audience of 4000 and he recorded his first demo 30 years ago in a "chicken coop" studio owned by Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Michael Monroe lives and records on the North Shore of Lake Superior in his solar powered log cabin. His instrumental music is seen across the nation on PBS and Canada in the award winning documentary, Chased By The Light, about Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic photographer and best selling author. They created a LIVE theater experience in several venues including the Guthrie Theater which featured Brandenburg's magnifcent images and Michael Monroe's instrumental music. "Soaring On Mended Wings" received a 2004 regional Emmy for a TV documentary.

In addition to performing at festivals, conferences, colleges, and clubs, Michael performs his original music in school programs and residencies since 2000 with the MN State Arts Board Performing Artist Roster as well as the Young Audiences since 2001.

Michael Monroe - Life of My Time
Life of My Time
Features recent concert footage as well as his of his band from the 80s, a visit with Gunflint Trail luthier David Seaton who built all Monroe's guitars two of which are made from 200 year old wood recycled from the bottom of Lake Superior and are true works of art. Monroe also talks from his Log Cabin about his good fortune of following his musical passions over forty years which includes performances in US Virgin Islands, a hiatus in India where he found inspiration and new instruments and about his collaborations with National Geographic Photographer Jim Brandenburg leading to his soundtrack for Brandenburg's 'Chased By The Light' documentary seen on PBS.
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Michael Monroe - Live at the Cedar
Live at the Cedar
Recorded LIVE at The Cedar Cultural Center on 12/6/08. Music/Lyrics by Michael Monroe performing on vocals/acoustic guitars, bamboo/glass flutes. Noah Hoehn guest artist on Harmonica IF and Winter Embrace. Special bonus track from WTIP Radio, Grand Marais, MN with Michael Johnson and Michael Monroe, performing together on "I Sing Your Songs" formerly called, "At Home".
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Michael Monroe - Wintersong
Wintersong
Celebrate winter, a collection of acoustic vocal/instrumental music inspired by the beauty of the season. Featuring: "Wintersong", "Light of Love" and Joni Mitchell's "River".
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Michael Monroe - Simple Life
Simple Life
Acoustic and Simple....Each time someone in the audience hear's Michael's song, "Simple Life", they come to the CD table to find the new CD! "Simple Life" the title cut... "Calling" about the Grand Canyon, "As It Should Be" about taking a lesson from the trees....the Hawaiian "Oneava" experience, "What I Needed Most", the tune commissioned by "Clara's House" in St. Cloud, his Emmy winning tune, "Soaring On Mended Wings" from the Jason Davis television special (with a Quicktime video of song as Michael is releasing his raptor!), the Birthday Song "All Of Me" with a Dan Chouinard solo... and per usual a couple covers, "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens and Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You".
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Michael Monroe - Chased By The Light
Chased By The Light
Michael Monroe's first instrumental recording, created as a soundtrack for the documentary, CHASED BY THE LIGHT - A 90 Day Photographic Journey which premiered during the March fund drive for TPT/PBS. The story reveals how Jim Brandenburg shot only one photograph a day as a personal project and ended up with a best selling book and all 90 photos featured in National Geographic. Each of the 90 photographs inspired Michael to compose the music which reflects the many moods of this project. The CD expands the various musical themes he created for the film.
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Michael Monroe - if
if
2002 Release by Michael Monroe featuring Michael on vocals, acoustic guitar, bamboo and glass flutes, Marc Anderson on percussion, Ed Willett on acoustic string bass and cello, Erik Naslund on trumpet. Cover photograph by Jim Brandenburg. Songs written by Michael Monroe except: "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan/Rod Stewart, "Skating Away" by Ian Anderson and "Swim" by Stuart Davis.
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Michael Monroe - Abandin My Own Mind
Abandin My Own Mind
Produced by Michael Monroe live. All lyrics and music written by Michael Monroe with the exception of "Twisted" by Annie Ross/Wardell Gray and "Wouldn't It Be Good" by Nik Kershaw. This recording was recorded using layering/looping technique and diverse palette of sounds via the guitar synthesizer.
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Michael Monroe - as far as i can see
as far as i can see
Produced by Michael Monroe. All lyrics and music written by Michael Monroe with the exception of "Where Do The Children Play" by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and "Nobody Home" - traditional. This CD was recorded using only solar power. Many of the instruments were played on a guitar synthesizer. The bamboo flute, guitar, ocarina, kalimba, shakers, tamborine, and whippoorwill were recorded acoustically.
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Michael Monroe - Twice In One Day
Twice In One Day
Produced by Michael Monroe and Richard Grossman. All lyrics and music written by Michael Monroe. Musicians include Marc Anderson: congas, tiimpales, bongos, steel drum, guerro, cuica, percussion. Kevin Daley: classical and electric guitars, midi guitars synthesizer. Enrique Toussaint: bass and acoustic fretless bass. Mike Hurley: drums. Pat Mackin: soprano and tenor saxophone.
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Michael Monroe - Summer Rain
Summer Rain
Produced by Steve Gamble and Michael Monroe. All lyrics and music written by Michael Monroe with the exception of "Stringman" by Kenny & Yvonne Rankin. Musicians include Bill Barber: Keyboards, Bill Berg: Drums and percussion, Scott Malchow: Electric guitar, sax & string arrangements, Terry Miller: Electric and upright bass, Dave Karr: Tenor and soprano sax, Michell Barber: Background vocals, Bruce Allard: Violin, Vincent Bastien, Cello.
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