Michael's education was established through the combination of classical fingerstyle lessons and studies with jazz guitarist Sal Salvador; later at the BOSTON CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC; in Austria at Die Hochschule Fuer Music; and in New York city with jazz master Walter Bishop Jr.
He won 1st place in the Ovation National Guitar Competition in 1980 and issued his first recording in 1987. His 2002 album "Return of the Hydra" was voted one of the top ten albums of the year in Coda magazine. In the same year, his song movin was a winner in the John Lennon Song Competition
Coppola is the creator of the 9 string guitar on which he achieves a much fuller sound than other solo guitarists.
Michael has been featured in Just Jazz Guitar, Guitar Player, 20th Century Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Coda, Cadence and other publications.
Here are a few quotes from articles and reviews:
"a mixture of precision and beauty" 20th Century Guitar magazine
"guitar playing listeners will be unable to comprehend how one guitar can play it" Just Jazz Guitar.
"Chops to burn" Coda
"unbelievable dexterity and depth" Green Mt Jazz Messenger
"Inventive; memorable; imaginative; jazz guitar music at it's finest" Jazzreview.com
"Impressive virtuosity...elegant ease" Cadence
"it sounds as if there are two Johnny Smiths playing" All Music Guide
numerous other musicians all of the highest qualit: vocals, sax, piano, violin, flute, bass etc
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 30 - 300 minutes
I am totally comfortable speaking to the audience, or just sitting back and playing. My years of experience have made me a master of controlling volume as well as seleting the right song, tempo and energy for the moment. I can play all night in any of my styles of music, or mix it up.
For solo guitar, very little required; an outlet is nice, however, i do have excellant sounding battery powered amps as well when not convienient.
All solo guitar instrumental original arrangements
Jazz Standards by composers such as Porter, Gershwin, Ellington;
Classical guitar works by Sor, Carcassi, Tarrega;
well known Classics by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin;
pop works by The Beatles, Hendrix, Yes, The Ventures;
Chet Atkins style pieces by Chet, Tommy Emmanual, Mason Williams
Past Booked Dates:
10-14-2009 — weekly gig, los arcos, post rd , milford, ct
08-30-2009 — weekly gig--rainbow gardens, milford, ct, 6-8 solo jazz/mix
08-29-2009 — weekly gig,-- napoli, westport, ct, 7-11, solo jazz/mix
Available for Your
Bar/Lounge, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Concert Venue, Festival, Private Party, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception
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