Mike Rood
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Mike Rood

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Born into a musical family, Mike has always been immersed in music. He has been playing guitar since he was 7 and his early influences include Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Mike also studied classical piano for 13 years, performing in dozens of recitals and competitions. He won the Nicholas Flagello piano competition in 2000 and 2001. Drawn to improvised music from an early age, studies with legend John Patitucci during late high school sparked Mike’s interest in jazz.

A self-taught guitarist for 10 years, during the last several years, Mike has studied primarily with Bruce Dunlap, John Patitucci, Vic Juris, Jamie Begian and Ethan Mann, and also with Kenny Werner, Claudia Villela, John Abercrombie, Adam Rogers, and Oren Fader. Mike recorded original music on multiple occasions with renowned producer Bob Thiele in Los Angeles; those recordings led to his national television debut in 2004. In 2007, Mike performed original compositions at the Pelham Music Festival, at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and at Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center.

Mike currently leads The Mike Rood Communion, which performs avidly in the New York area. Mike has performed with his group at such New York venues as Puppet’s Jazz Bar, Spike Hill, Sweet Rhythm, The Triad Theater, Shrine, Freddy’s Backroom, and The Living Room, as well as the renowned GiG Performance Space in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The group’s repertoire ranges from members’ original music to new arrangements of jazz standards and classical pieces.

Mike is passionate about bringing music to new places and nurturing the development of the guitar; he is one of only a handful of guitarists in the instrument's history to utilize a unique technique based on the usage of five fingerpicks, rather than a standard pick or nails. This revolutionary approach has opened doors to contrapuntal improvising, and a pianistic, articulate style of playing.

Mike attended Western Connecticut State University for two years and is currently attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying with John Patitucci, Vic Juris, and Adam Rogers.