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MP3 Mike Fasching - Gran
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An introspective debut album of improvised solo piano covers with jazz and classical influences. It was recorded on a world-class Steinway D concert grand using choice audiophile gear and mixed and mastered by a Grammy award-winning engineer.

13 MP3 Songs in this album (61:14) !
Related styles: Jazz: Piano Jazz, Easy Listening: Instrumental Pop, Featuring Piano

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Mike began playing piano 34 years ago at the age of 7. His first teacher was Sr. Jean Marie Farrell. He also studied classical piano and organ with Mark Ochu and performed in many recitals. As an adolescent, Mike studied pop and classical organ and piano with Norm Gray and competed successfully in many regional organ competitions.

Mike left high school early to study aerospace engineering at the University of Minnesota followed by a brief stint as a midshipman at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

He then studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston where his private piano teacher was Ray Santisi (whose former students also include Keith Jarrett and Diana Krall).

In the late 80's Mike transferred to the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles to study jazz piano performance and music theory with Dick Grove.

After working 17 years in software development at a downtown Minneapolis law firm, and completing a degree in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Mike's focus returned to his original passion: music!

A connoisseur of fine pianos, Mike's quest to find his "dream piano"--one that was uniquely suited to capture the "ideal" piano sound he heard in his mind's ear--took many years and several pianos. Over the years he has owned a Yamaha upright, a Kawai baby grand, a Yamaha grand, and a refurbished Steinway grand.

His piano quest culminated in the purchase of a new 9 foot Steinway D concert grand in 2005. Mike spent two days at the Steinway factory in New York playing and evaluating several different concert grands and receiving a personal tour of the Steinway factory before ultimately selecting his dream piano. (Mike, a fan of Woody Allen movies, dubbed his choice piano "Aphrodite" as in "My D, Aphrodite".)

Mike's debut album of solo piano music entitled "Grandcrafted" was released in November 2008. The CD can be purchased at CDBaby and it's also available for digital download on iTunes and the Amazon MP3 store.

Mike lives in Winsted, Minnesota with his wife Diana and his son Nicholas.


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