From his early days with the seminal folk-fusion band, Fingers Akimbo, through the experimental Gitangali and the family music of Yeahbut Shoehead to the magical BUZZ BAND, Michael Stanwood has led an eclectic life in music that has won him five Westword Magazine's "Best of Denver" for everything from his recordings to performances.
Acknowledged as "one of the finest autoharp players in the country today," he toured extensively for the State Department throughout Southeast Asia, where he also picked up many of the ethnic instruments he now plays, like the didjeridu, the Thai Khaen, and the mbira. He has composed scores for theater, dance, and film. He tours nationally with both children and adult shows. His school assembly program "Sound Ideas", has been seen by thousands of students across the country. At Swallow Hill Music, Michael teaches autoharp, dijeridu, and beginning level guitar.
Michael teaches privately at Swallow Hill Music. With a relaxed style, he believes teaching is about empowering students through their own creativity. Michael says, "There are plenty of exercises to practice, but real leaps happen when the students love the sound of their chosen instrument and are learning songs or music that they love."
Autoharp, Didjeridu, Guitar