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Michael Friedman

One of the most exciting and unique performers emerging on the Music Scene is Singer, Guitarist, and Songwriter Michael Friedman. Based on Canada’s West Coast, Michael is among the most complete of performing songwriters. His songs, which have been favourably compared to those of Bruce Cockburn, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and Tim Buckley among others, make full use of a passionate and powerful three and one-half octave voice, a stunning and electric "new" acoustic" guitar playing approach, and the entire range of musical genre.

Michael Friedman grew up in a family of musicians and artists. Born in Vancouver, he was raised on equal parts folk, world, rock, and classical music and began studying the piano at age four. His father played flute in various formations and orchestras while also leading a folk music group. His family moved to Berlin, Germany, where his father enrolled in the Conservatory of Music to study Choral Conducting. While in Berlin, Michael began his life-long love and "obsession" with the guitar. Later, Michael would return to Germany after a few years testing the waters in Toronto as a young professional musician, to receive formal musical training in Guitar and Composition at the same distinguished school in Berlin. While there, he toured extensively as a solo artist as well as a member of several groups, performing in various countries and becoming a respected member of the international music community in Europe.

Returning to Vancouver in the 1980’s, Michael took temporary leave from public performance and kept a busy schedule writing music scores for TV and Film, and giving guitar and songwriting instruction and workshops. Starting in 1992, Michael was the Music Director for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s "Front Page Challenge", writing over 120 compositions for this respected television production in the last three years of its long life. In the spring of 2000, Michael Friedman received a Gemini-Award nomination for his scoring of the documentary film "Shadow Warriors – the Life and Times of David McTaggart".

In the 1990’s Michael began performing once again. He has released two critically and publicly acclaimed solo albums, "I Never Knew What Hit Me Until Now" (1995) and "Angst Ridden Writer" (1998) and has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, and Europe in their support

In April 2000 Michael Friedman signed a licencing and distribution deal with the prestigious Acoustic Music Records in Osnabrueck, Germany.
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