About Michael

  • Please click HERE for Michael’s full biography. Michael Gulezian is one of the most highly acclaimed solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time. He is a phenomenal technical guitarist with the rare ability to transcend his own virtuosity, creating music that touches and moves people at the deepest level.
  • Michael began playing acoustic guitar at the age of six. He never took formal lessons, and was never tempted to play electric guitar (although he admires and respects a great many electric guitarists).
  • Michael is the youngest artist ever to be signed to John Fahey’s legendary Takoma Records, arguably the most influential record label for the genre of solo acoustic instrumental guitar. Click HERE for Michael’s full discography.
  • In terms of his significance in the evolution of the genre, Michael is – among other things – the musical link between John Fahey and Michael Hedges.
  • Michael is a touring machine, sustained by a network of many friends, playing hundreds of concerts, along with guitar workshops and master classes. But mostly Michael focuses on concert performances.
  • Michael understands it’s difficult enough to be a great improvisor in standard tuning, yet works constantly to improve as a free solo improvisor in multiple alternate tunings – because it’s something no one else is doing.
  • Michael is fiercely independent, as both artist and indie record label owner. He retains neither an agent or publicist, and rejects the notion that musicians (or audiences) need any “support” from multinational corporate record labels, or tech companies disguised as content delivery platforms. Michael categorically refuses to accept any musical product endorsements. He is a rarity – an artist confident enough in his work to let the music speak entirely for itself. Click HERE to read more.
  • Michael graduated with high honors from the University of Arizona’s Eller Center for the Study of the Private Market Economy, with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
  • Depending on one’s orientation toward “big tech” and its tenuous position between profit motive and art – not to mention the avarice and brazen contempt for musicians by Spotify, Ticketmaster, Sofar Sounds, and Amazon – Michael is either known as an outspoken critic of corporate degeneracy, or else as a fiery, passionate, and highly articulate advocate – and living example – of artistic self reliance and independent self expression.
  • After spending years living in commercial music centers like Los Angeles and Nashville, Michael now resides very happily in an organic farming valley in Colorado, in a town without any stoplights.

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