Mike is a prolific composer of classical and grassroots music, as well as environmental and progressive song. He performs regularly on mandolin and banjo with the award-winning “class-grass” band Graminy, and on guitar as a soloist and in the Elm Duo. Discover his composition and performance at his separate music site.
Mike is passionate about progressive politics, their challenges and possibilities. He currently serves on the board of the Dane County Democrats.
Mike’s main current book projects are The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology, in two volumes, edited by Katharine Legun, Julie Keller, Michael M. Bell, and Michael S. Carolan; a book on the social experience of heritage, co-authored with Jason Orne and Loka Ashwood; and a book on the sociology of community. When no one is looking, he is also writing a novel set in Mexico in two time periods roughly a thousand years apart: the 900s and the 1890s to early 1900s.
His current musical projects include a new outpouring of political songs and a fourth class-grass album with his band Graminy. He is also trying to complete a symphony (possibly) and several suites for classical piano (more likely).
The Madison Area Music Association has awarded my band Graminy its second Classical Album of the Year Award, for our 2015 release, Dance of the Plants. We won our first for our 2013 release, Germinations: A Bluegrass [...]
Well, Graminy's finally gone and done it! We finished our third album, Dance of the Plants. It's a collection of Graminy tunes more on the grassy side of class-grass. We're really pleased with how it [...]