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Born into a musical family, Michael Gayle began playing piano at the age of five in his parents living room. His early years in Buffalo, New York were spent performing in church and listening to great artists who came to the city, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Charles Mingus, among others. Gayle also cites an experimental radio show hosted his uncle and that uncle's record collection as early influences.
Gayle went on to study piano, trumpet, guitar, voice, conducting, theology, and education. His career has included tours in North America, Europe, and Asia. Gayle has established himself as a versatile artist and educator. Comfortable in any genre, his collaborations range from avant-garde jazz (Hamiet Bluiett, Charles Gayle) to traditional classics (New England Youth Ensemble).
"Deliverance" is Gayle's fifth solo release. It is a fantastic project in which he returns to his roots. From the church to the jazz club to the symphony, the album evokes the sounds of his early musical influences. With a fluid technique, Gayle's playing is both powerful and sensitive. As always, his music is uniquely expressive and deeply spiritual.
In 2011 Gayle founded the Gayle Creative Institute, an organization that provides access to the arts and arts education for young people in urban environments. Gayle is currently the musical director of the VisionQuest Community Orchestra. The orchestra tours nationally and internationally and is preparing for a spring tour in the Bahamas.