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Rhythma crosses the boundaries of rock, folk, pop, jazz and Americana and combines this with lyrics that inform, challenge, and attract audience members who are interested in social change and alternative media. In the tradition of the traveling storyteller or griot, Sean Michael's lyrics are driven by, wrapped and re-wrapped in rhythm, revealing complex, continuously shifting perspectives.
Sean Michael spent years learning and refining the technical aspects of tracking and recording before releasing his first self-titled CD, Rhythma, in 2005, which is comprised entirely of music he wrote, played, sung, and recorded. On his 2009 CD, Between the Lines, he collaborated with cellist Harry Gilbert, a member of the eco-folk-rock quartet, Sagewing, and the Composers Ensemble in Los Angeles. For this CD, Sean Michael has also teamed up with Gary Kehoe, drummer, and Marcel Menard, percussionist in the Santa Cruz based band, Sambada; Boris Burtin, keyboardist for the Bay Area Jazz band, Code Name Jonah; and Charles K. Brown, a singer/songwriter from Nashville.
When he is not composing, collaborating, or performing near his home in San Jose, Sean Michael works as a prototyper for Yahoo! and performs all over the United States on his acoustic guitar. Imler prefers alternative venues like resorts, cafes, festivals, and campground gatherings, where listeners are willing to engage the part of themselves that is playful, relaxed, and open to transformation.