MRF (Michael Flanagan) — performer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer/songwriter, and educator — began playing saxophone at age 10 and piano at age 14. After only a few years of playing, he was performing throughout Boston and the South Shore. While attending Brockton High School, Michael arranged musical works for the concert band (consisting of over 100 students) and jazz bands while serving as the lead saxophonist. During this time he was very fortunate to study under his mentors Yasko Kubota and Jerry Bergonzi for over two years.
Michael’s love for music brought him to Boston's own Berklee College of Music on a performance-based scholarship where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. After only a year at Berklee, Michael went on tour in Japan where he performed at several venues including the Blue Note and the Glen Miller Festival. He has had the privilege of performing with jazz greats such as Terri Lynne Carrington, Joanne Brackeen, Bob Moses, Andre Hayward, Esperanza Spalding, Tiger Okoshi, Donald Harrison and many more. Within contemporary genres, Michael has also performed with several hip-hop, funk, and rock groups. In 2010 he performed with lead singer of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Haylee Griffiths, and was musical director her U.S. shows. In December, he will open for R&B recording artist J. Holiday.
On June 8, 2010, Michael released his debut album, “Elevator Music,” under his artist name MRF, on iTunes, Amazon, and most other internet sites selling music. This album represents the different layers of what MRF, showcasing him as a saxophonist, pianist, producer, songwriter, composer, and arranger. He utilized his versatile playing and experience in different genres to make this album a mix of different styles of music fused together with a jazz influence on every track.
Michael currently performs throughout the Boston area as well as the east coast as both a leader and a sideman on both saxophone and piano.