Michael is an award-winning composer with many film, television and pop music credits to his name, including the score to Richard Loncraine’s feature Finding Your Feet starring Imelda Staunton and Timothy Spall, and the evocative jazz score to Peabody Award winning BBC/PBS documentary The Jazz Ambassadors. Other cred-its include Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles starring Zac Efron and Clare Danes and Forget Me Not (Winner of London Independent Film Festival). His music also appears in Nothing Like the Holidays, Wild Card, Wild Target, plus TV dramas, The Wire, Young Dracula and Dark Angel starring Joanne Froggatt.
Michael has scored many prestigious documentaries including BAFTA-winning J’ac-cuse, E=Mc2/Einstein’s Big Idea, Battle of the Hood and Bismarck and the landmark ocean series Alien Deep. He has three regional Emmy nominations, winning Best In-strumental Music for PBS’s Tennessee Yearbook.
Michael is a multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar and various stringed instruments) and in 2005 he gained a Masters in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music where he was the PRS Sir Arthur Bliss Scholar and was awarded the Joseph Horovitz Prize.
His interest in improvisation led him to work aged 17 in Dick Heckstall-Smith’s band, Big Chief, at the same time he was mentored by the legendary conga drum-mer, Reebop Kwaku Bah (Traffic, Rolling Stones). Working with Reebop left a deep impression and continues to inspire him. His first break in commercial music came aged 20 when Ian Dury hired Michael to co-write and arrange his album Four Thousand Weeks’ Holiday. As a writer and/or producer he worked with acts includ-ing Curiosity Killed the Cat, Soul II Soul, Teena Marie, James Taylor Quartet, Patrice Rushen and Future Sound of London. He also performed live and in the studio with Scritti Politti, Orange Juice, Sting, The Bee Gees, Mark Morrison and many others. He has had a long association with Steve Winwood, touring with him in the rock band Traffic in 1994 and afterwards becoming his Musical Director for Winwoods 1997 solo Junction 7 tour.
As a jazz composer, Michael has written and produced three albums including The Long Way Home (2014) which received glowing praise and featured a stellar line up of British jazz stars and his composition Mother Medusa was nominated in 2019 for an Ivors Composer Award.