Michael Teager is an experienced performer, both as a leader and a sideman. His versatility affords him the flexibility to be comfortable in many different musical environments. He’s equally at home freely improvising, switching between woodwinds in a pit orchestra, sitting in with a big band or symphony orchestra, or playing recognizable Top 40 riffs in a cover band.
Mike’s playing has taken him across the nation and around the globe. In recent years, he has made his saxophonic mark on the ambient music genre with his ongoing collaboration with guitarist, composer, and friend Matt Borghi. Their improvised soundscapes and emphasis on live instrumental performance and execution stand out in a style often heavily reliant on the studio recording process. Their critically acclaimed albums have received praise and regular airplay at home and abroad, and they have been featured on Hearts of Space, Echoes, Star’s End, and other leading ambient music programs.
Mike has 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 more. 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.
As an educator, Mike has served on the faculties for Michigan State University and Spring Arbor University, as well as having maintained a private studio. For MSU he was Instructor of Music for the Office of Study Abroad, teaching music appreciation each summer in Bregenz, Austria. For SAU he taught music history, music appreciation, and saxophone.
Mike performs frequently throughout Western New York and the Midwest, and his recordings can be found on various labels. He can regularly be seen and heard with Boneshakers Blues Band, Matt Borghi, and various other groups. He writes for and manages MT-Headed Blog and formerly contributed to East Lansing Info. MT-Headed has been featured by PRISM Quartet, Dave Liebman, Tord Gustavsen, The Wagnerian, The Forgotten Prophets, and Chicago Lyric Opera, among others.