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BIO (full bio here):
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, having shared the stage with notable performers in a variety of styles. 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 NicholJoseph Lulloff, Rob Smith, and Mike Hamann. He has also pursued study with Dave Liebman, John Harle, and Gerard McChrystal. Mike has served on the faculties for Michigan State University and Spring Arbor University as well as maintaining a small private studio. At MSU he was Instructor of Music for the Office of Study Abroad, teaching music appreciation each summer in Bregenz, Austria (2011-16). At SAU he taught music history, music appreciation, and saxophone.

In recent years, Mike has made his saxophonic mark on the ambient music genre with his ongoing collaboration with guitarist, composer, and friend Matt Borghi. Their critically acclaimed albums have received praise and regular airplay at home and abroad, and have been featured on Hearts of Space, Echoes, Star’s End, and other leading ambient music programs. Other recordings can be found on various labels. He regularly performs throughout Western New York and the Midwest, and he writes for and manages MT-Headed Blog and formerly contributed to East Lansing Info. MT-Headed has been featured by The Wagnerian, Dave Liebman, PRISM Quartet, Tord Gustavsen, The Forgotten ProphetsChicago Lyric Opera, and University Musical Society, among others.