Mike Oppenheim (CD Review Editor)
Guitarist, educator, ethnomusicologist, and cultural explorer.
Member Since: 2013 |
From: United States |
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Music is, and always has been, a passion of mine. I picked up the guitar at the age of eight,
and except for a brief hiatus in middle school, I've played ever since. I've dabbled in pretty
much every genre of guitar music imaginable, from jam bands to classical, fingerstyle
blues and country to Celtic, bluegrass to heavy metal, and everything in between.
After high school I enrolled at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Upon taking an Intro to
Ethnomusicology class I was drawn to the sounds of non-Western music. I joined the
Indonesian Gamelan ensemble, which I played in for the next two years.
In the summer of 2005 I attended a study abroad program with Temple University in
Dhrangadhra, India. I regularly spent up to six hours a day with my teacher studying the
Indian classical guitar, or Mohan Veena. This was my first in depth study of Hindustani
(North Indian) classical music, though it had been an interest since my early teenage years.
Upon graduation I briefly interned for the Calliope Society of Folk Music in Pittsburgh, PA.
Here I discovered Old-Time and American roots music and seriously began studying the
five-string banjo, mandolin, and Appalachian dulcimer.
In 2007, in Philadelphia, I began studying with the jazz guitar guru, Chuck Anderson. In
Philadelphia I worked full time teaching private music lessons, gigging, and repairing all
varieties of fretted instruments.
I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2010 to pursue an MA degree in ethnomusicology at the
University of British Columbia. My time in Vancouver allowed me to hone many of my music
analytical and compositional skills. I also was exposed to different musical traditions by
participating in and performing with the UBC African Drum and Dance Ensemble and the
UBC Capoeira Angola group.
My hobbies and interests outside of music include hiking, boxing, and Muay Thai. I
currently live in Koh Samui, Thailand, teaching music, writing instructional materials, and
training at Jun Muay Thai.