"NY guitar poet Mike Baggetta... veers daringly and compellingly from patient, elegiac
freedom to searing, oozing sludge rock without the slightest hesitation or apology.
Cool!" - Nels Cline, Guitarist
"The electric guitarist Mike Baggetta played a measured, shimmery, almost surfy solo
that I wanted to take home and study." - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
"There are plenty of guitarists with chops but few whose fingers can write and paint
pictures this musically." - Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
It has been said that Mike Baggetta is "a guitarist of slippery proficiency" (The
New York Times), that his performances are "totally compelling" (Jazz Journal, UK)
and that his melodic sense is truly beautiful" (Jazzreview.com).
Mike's singular and very personal musical style seeks to blur the lines between composition
and improvisation, while connecting a wide range of musical genres that influence
him. He has earned accolades from the press that call this approach "...beguilingly
atmospheric..." (Time Out New York) and that "Baggetta's music [is] quietly transgressive...
Even when he plays a lot of notes, his playing can sound almost static, as though
ideas were being snagged out of thin air." (The Hartford Courant)
Baggetta's latest disc Spectre, his 4th release as a leader on the Fresh Sound New
Talent label, features extensive use of live sampling as an integral part of the compositions,
alongside Jerome Harris on acoustic bass guitar and Billy Mintz on drums. He has also
previously released 4 recordings of his quartet music featuring Jason Rigby, Eivind
Opsvik, Cameron Brown, George Schuller and RJ Miller, in addition to several albums
by his co-led duo TIN/BAG with trumpeter Kris Tiner.
Mike Baggetta has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Town
Hall and many other leading concert venues worldwide. He has worked with David Torn,
Mike Watt, Jim Keltner, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Jerome
Harris, Dominique Eade, Nels Cline, David Wax Museum, Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Ches
Smith, Tyshawn Sorey, Jon Irabagon, Gerald Cleaver, Greg Tardy, Adam Kolker, Billy
Mintz, Cameron Brown, Tom Harrell, Jamie Baum, Jeff Hirshfield, Conrad Herwig, George
Schuller, Jason Rigby, Eivind Opsvik, Jeremy Udden, Tony Reedus, John Lindberg, Kevin
Norton, Joseph C. Philips' Numinous, Bill McHenry, Brad Shepik, Steve Cardenas and
Ruth Brown among many others. Baggetta is an Endorsing Artist for D'Addario Strings and has also received an ASCAP
Young Jazz Composer Award.