Michael Mandrell is an artistic and passionate contemporary fingerstyle guitarist. His music offers equal parts world and new age, an array of middle Eastern rhythms and scales, with tinges of folk and an infusion of Celtic overtones. He is one of those rare artists who has a strong sense of his Western musical roots, yet can make beautiful and sophisticated forays into the music of the East. "Returning and Returned" is a great collection of his compositions that covers a wide range of styles - and he excels in each. Michael's guitar playing is extraordinary. His tunes are lyrical-the stuff fairy tales are made of. They are slightly jazzy, seductively smooth and consistently beautiful. His intricate fretboard work and technique reflect an artist of vast creativity and a pan-global vision of the instrument he loves.
As Public Radio International's "Echoes" Kimberly Hass
Featured often on “Echoes” and many other radio shows as well, Michael’s music has found an audience with an ear for the creative side of the new world fusion genre.
Moving to Taos, NM. in 1991, Michael performed with the world fusion group “Taos” co-producing their CD, “The Deepening Edge”, released nationally on Blix Street Records. Tunes from this CD have been recently re-released on Blix Street Records beautiful new compilation, “Fiddlers Green”.
The film Stone Reader by Mark Moskowitz features the tracks "Ancient Art of Soul Travel" and "Ambrosius" from the Great Spiral Dance.
Michael has appeared with: Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Bill Miller, John Gorka, Kate Wolf, Dave Swarbrick/Simon Nichol, Johnny Cunningham, Spyro Gyra, Carl Struck, California Guitar Trio, William Ackerman, Christine Lavine, Robert Mirabal, Shadowfax, Townes Van Zandt and Steve Fromholtz.