Michael Teager is an experienced performing musician, both as a leader and a sideman. His eclectic taste in music – equal parts jazz, popular, and classical – affords him the flexibility to be comfortable in many different musical environments.
Mike’s playing has taken him across the nation and around the globe, and he’s performed with notable singers such as Byron Nease, Craig Schulman, Chris Groenendaal, Davis Gaines, Gary Mauer, Holly Lipton, and Jamie Michael Stewart, and acromedian Rudi Macaggi. He has been a featured soloist with the West Michigan Symphony and has also performed with Lansing Symphony Big Band, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Bijou Orchestra, and the Navigator Orchestra (aboard the Regent M/S Seven Seas Navigator). He is a graduate of Central Michigan University (B.M. – Performance, Summa Cum Laude) and Michigan State University (M.M. – Saxophone Performance), where he was also a teaching assistant in the Musicology area. His major teachers have included John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, Rob Smith, and Mike Hamann. He has also pursued study with Dave Liebman, John Harle, and Gerard McChrystal, and performed in masterclasses for Claude Delangle, Jean-Michel Goury, Timothy McAllister, Christophe Bois, and Otis Murphy.
Mike has served on the faculties for Michigan State University and Spring Arbor University, the former for which he was Instructor of Music for the Office of Study Abroad, teaching Music Appreciation each summer in Bregenz, Austria. Of late, his ambient music collaboration with guitarist/composer Matt Borghi has received praise and regular airplay at home and abroad. Their critically-acclaimed albums have been featured on Hearts of Space, Echoes, Star’s End, and other leading ambient music programs.
Mike performs frequently throughout the Midwest, and his recordings can be found on various labels. He can regularly be seen and heard with Matt Borghi and various other groups, and he writes for and manages MT-Headed Blog and contributes to East Lansing Info. MT-Headed has been featured by PRISM Quartet, Dave Liebman, Tord Gustavsen, The Wagnerian, and Chicago Lyric Opera, among others.