Michael Fitzsimmons

Artist Statement:
Intuition is the one consistent quality throughout my work as a composer, performing artist, and teacher. When I am composing, I start with a series of sounds, sometimes sensing the need for more brightness here, more depth there, more mystery, more simplicity. I have been drawn to sounds and rhythm all my life. It seems to be innate, as a moth is drawn to a flame.

The same intuition guides me through my performances. Every audience is unique, and I thrive on responding to the energy, emotions and feelings that are present. I include improvisation in my performances to enhance that unique experience. This is one of the things I love about live music - no two performances are exactly the same.

Throughout it all – composing, performing, and teaching, there is always the presence of community and belonging. This is one of the reasons I prefer to work with a variety of multicultural instruments…blending sounds from all over the world into a new and fresh existence.

I reside in Omaha, Nebraska, and have been creating and performing music for over 30 years. [+]