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Michael Robinson

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Michael Robinson voices and colors his compositions with instrumental timbres and scale tunings from diverse world music cultures including India, Africa, the Near East, Japan, China, Korea, Bali, Java, Cuba, Brazil, Australia, Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. He composes using traditional Western notation and programs a computer and electronic sound module to perform his music in real time without overdubbing. "I'm interested in discovering and liberating the expressive quality - the essence - of computer- performed music. I want this music to emanate from the computer in the same way other sounds emanate in nature, like wind and water." (Michael Robinson quoted in Keyboard) Statement from Michael Robinson: Asked about my approach to composition and performance, one thought is the reimagining of musical syntax from jazz and Indian classical music through prisms of personal temperament and body chemistry guided by raga elements

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Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards

Read "Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Keyboardist Michael Robinson is a prolific and creative artist who is best known for his haunting, Eastern-inspired, musical soundscapes. He usually utilizes his own invention, the digital Meruvina, for these recordings. Robinson, however, is also an accomplished pianist and has self-produced several superb solo albums of piano improvisations. In 2021 and 2022 he released seven of ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Robinson: Piano Improvisation Series

Read "Michael Robinson: Piano Improvisation Series" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Depending on the source, New York native, Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist/composer Michael Robinson is associated with the electronic, classical, world, or jazz genre. The ambiguousness is a byproduct of an artist whose more than one-hundred-sixty albums have touched upon all those categories. Robinson's influences include Bartók, Yeats, Chinese poetry, Morton Feldman, Lennie Tristano, John Coltrane and Lee ...

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A Parrot Sipping Tea

Label: Azure Miles Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Alap; Jor and Jhala; Drut Gat; Ati Drut Gat.

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Garlanded In Wistaria

Label: Azure Miles Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Garlanded In Wistaria

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Taffeta Patterns

Label: Azure Miles
Released: 2021
Track listing: Taffeta Patterns

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Michael Robinson: A Parrot Sipping Tea

Read "A Parrot Sipping Tea" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Over the past several years, composer and keyboardist Michael Robinson has delved deep into the South Asian musical traditions. Using his own invention, the Meruvina, he creates, digitally enhanced, soundscapes filled with mysticism and spirituality. On A Parrot Sipping Tea he continues his explorations in the form of a singular interpretation of the traditional Indian raga, ...

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Michael Robinson: Taffeta Patterns

Read "Taffeta Patterns" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Composer and keyboardist Michael Robinson is as prolific as he is creative. Using his own invention, the meruvina, he creates unique electro-acoustic pieces that brim with spontaneity. His first release of 2021, the exuberant Taffeta Patterns, differs from his most recent discs in its infectious dance beats. A single track, lasting a little under ...

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Michael Robinson: Lotus-Pollen

Read "Lotus-Pollen" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Multi-instrumentalist and composer Michael Robinson utilizes a unique amalgam of acoustic and digital technology to create captivating sonic tapestries. His genre-defying pieces are crafted with the rigour of a classicist yet they brim with a dynamic jazzy spontaneity and eastern mysticism. On his fourth 2020 release, Lotus-Pollen, Robinson performs four kaleidoscopic and mesmerizing originals, each with ...

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Lotus-Pollen

Label: Azure Miles
Released: 2020
Track listing: Second Alap; Vilambit Gat; Madhya Gat; Drut Gat.


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