Mike Fahie

Mike Fahie

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzAvant-garde

This music is both highly emotional and highly intellectual. A jazz quintet led by a trombonist, in a sense traditional because we are playing tunes with a rhythm section, and improvising on them. But we are borrowing influences from avant-garde, classical, popular music and electronica.

Biography

Mike Fahie is a jazz trombonist, composer and educator living in Brooklyn. His current projects include a collaboration with legendary trumpet player John McNeil, the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra, and the Mike Fahie Quintet, which is represented on Mike’s debut album, Anima, released on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground label.
Anima features the all-star cast of Bill McHenry, Ben Monder, Ben Street and Billy Hart, and was released in 2010 to wide acclaim, for instance: “Anima gives the genre a taste of new life”, “(Fahie’s) music reveals the sophistication and emotional depth of a jazz veteran,” “Fahie’s struck the perfect balance between offering succinct, forthright compositions and allowing his bandmates to express themselves fully and eloquently”, and “He is an erudite, witty composer and a trombonist with serious chops. That albums like Anima keep getting made proves that jazz as an art form is thriving…”
Mike is also an in-demand sideman in New York City, playing with many highly recognized groups. He is the lead trombonist of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, a 2010 Grammy nominee. He is the principal trombonist of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, and a member of the Gramercy Brass Quintet. He is also a regular member of the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, Rob Mosher’s Storytime and the Paul Carlon Nonet.
Mike has shared the stage with too many musicians to list, but a few notables include Maria Schneider, Ingrid Jensen, Eddie Palmeiri, Ken Peplowski, Jon Cowherd, Mike Rodriguez, Jon Gordon, Mark Ferber, Nir Felder, and many others.
Mike works as a commercial musician as well, and has played several Broadway shows including Ragtime, In The Heights, and Elf. He has appeared on a number of recordings and movies, and performs with various rock & pop bands.
Mike is an also an educator, and has been on the faculty of the United Nations International School for over 7 years, and is currently on the faculty of the New York Jazz Academy. He has also worked across the US as a trombone and composition clinician.
Mike was a finalist for the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Trombone Competition, and was the first ever Canadian Fulbright Scholar in jazz.

Discography

As a leader:

Mike Fahie - Anima (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)

As a sideman (selected):

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam)

Pedro Giraudo Orchestra - Cordoba (Ind.)

Pedro Giraudo Orchestra - El Viaje (Ind.)

Pedro Giraudo Orchestra - Desconsuelo (Ind.)

Paul Carlon Octet - Roots Propaganda (Deep Tone)

Paul Carlon Octet - Other Tongues (Deep Tone)

Rob Mosher's Storytime - The Tortoise (Ind.)