Composer, songwriter and instrumental artist Michael Landau was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is also a prolific session guitarist who has played on hundreds of records since the 1980’s. Some session highlights over the years include: Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart to name a few. In 1993 he won the readers poll for Best Studio Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine.
In 2016, Michael received a Grammy nomination as a member of the The Steve Gadd Band, and has been involved with several band projects over the years: Renegade Creation (with Robben Ford), The Ringers (with Jimmy Herring and Wayne Krantz), The Raging Honkies, Burning Water and his own project The Michael Landau Group. With several releases under his own name, the latest being the critically acclaimed ‘Organic Instrumentals’, his music continues to flow intensely.
- Michael grew up with the music of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Cream. His grandfather was an arranger, playing woodwinds with the Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman during the swing era. In his early teens, Michael immersed himself in jazz and electric jazz fusion: Weather Report, Pat Martino and Jaco Pastorius were some of his early obsessions. From this diverse blend of influences his sound and path began to take shape. His current group focuses on improvisation and the spontaneity of live performance. “I live for those moments live when the sound and emotion become a force bigger than the sum of the individual musicians. The music becomes a unique creation with its own personality, a true moment in time, exciting yet calming. It’s difficult to speak about music but I am surely addicted to it, I’d be lost without it.”
His latest project, The Michael Landau Liquid Quartet, is a blend of styles ranging from haunting instrumental ballads to blues based soul-rock with vocals. Listing Landau’s lengthy credits is one thing, but it doesn’t fully do him justice. It’s one thing to note his resume, but it’s quite another to watch him live, that’s when you get the full scope of Landau’s mastery of the guitar. It’s a spiritual ride, music for the soul, and it’s mind blowing.
This all-star band features Andy Hess on bass (John Scofield, Gov’t Mule, The Black Crows) and David Frazee on vocals and guitar (formally of Burning Water).