Michael Whitmore is a nylon string guitarist, occasional vocalist, & leader/composer for the band Some’tet. He tends towards the frayed edges of jazz -- post-jazz, nu-jazz, free-jazz, with a hint of samba. A veteran of the Los Angeles new music scene, he moved to the Northwest a decade ago. Highlights in a long career include a NEA California Composers Grant, dozens of album & soundtrack credits as a leader, sideman or collaborator, including a project composing music for Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright. He is an author, music historian, very often a DJ, & always a record collector. Currently he hosts two radio shows on Vashon’s KVSH 101.9FM. Greatest influences to his distinctive guitar style include Baden Powell, Lenny Breau, Sonny Sharrock, Lionel Loueke, John Stowell & Jon Abercrombie. Other inspirations include Brigitte Fontaine, McCoy Tyner & Mark Hollis.
“★★★★ Nylon string guitarist extraordinaire” -- Buzz Weekly
“Top 200 Favorite Guitarists List” -- Nels Cline
“Always intriguing, insinuating mysteries but never resolving them” -- Option