Enter your name & email below and I’ll send you a free tool to unleash your jazz potential.

This normally $40 ebook will train your ear to project the music inside you through ANY instrument.

"I couldn't have improvised as I do now, even 60 days ago, without your materials. I firmly believe you're reinventing how people learn to improvise."  - Dr. Rodney Brim

Meet Michael Lake

About Me


I am a Grammy-nominated trombonist, writer, electronic musician, entrepreneur, and Dad to two fascinating teenage boys.

I am hopelessly curious and love to share what I've learned in order to help musicians. My passion is to guide musicians in how to think better about improvisation and the ability to connect their creative musical voice to their instrument, no matter which instrument they play.

The secret I share in my books, videos, courses, and talks is that the music is already inside you. Amplify it through your instrument by getting out of its way. If your improvising or musicianship is not all you wish it were, it's likely because you've been convinced that the music originates in your instrument or can somehow be manufactured through your analytical reasoning.

The music inside you will flow from your instrument once you confidently connect your instrument to your musical mind. THAT'S where your music originates and THAT's your state of flow. I've helped many musicians get much closer to that and I can probably help you. 

 

- Michael Lake

THE ALTOBONE STORE

Roads Less Traveled

Release Date: 2014
Genre: Modern Creative Jazz

Electrik Project, Vol. 1

Release Date: 2016
Genre: Electronic: Chill out

Alto Trombone Savvy

Bass Clef Edition

Alto Trombone Savvy

Alto Clef Edition

Reviews

Don’t you just love it when you’re panning for gold and some gold stays in your pan after the silt drains away? A long time muso with a dual love for his trombone and electronics finds a way to merge the two into sounds for tomorrow where it’s not just creativity to show mom that you can do it with no hands. A moldy fig pleaser? Hmm, probably not. A winner for those with open minds even if they aren’t left leaning? Count on it. As influenced by Ken Nordine as well as any of the bone masters, Lake would seem to have too many miles under his belt to lead the way to tomorrow---but he’s on a quest. Killer stuff for those looking toward tomorrow to really appreciate.

- Midwest Record

Exquisite playing and beautifully crafted arrangements make the Roads Less Traveled a must take musical journey. Michael Lake’s virtuosic alto trombone playing is worth the price of admission alone, as is Gerry Pagano’s rock solid bass trombone performance, but together it’s a match made in heaven. Bravo Michael and Gerry.

- Michael Davis

Lake keeps his trombone as the focal voice on the recording, with the synths adding decorative frills and embellishments. He has studied with George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, and other members from the Art Ensemble of Chicago. His experience as a live performer exposed him to a variety of settings playing mainly jazz and Latin music with notables like Lalo Rodriguez and Frankie Ruiz. For several years, he was Ray Barretto’s trombonist. Lake’s balance between artificial ringlets and acoustic waves make for an intriguing jaunt.

- Susan Frances, Blogcritics