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Overview


MikeWTAllen

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Overview


MikeWTAllen

SPACE ELEVATOR ALBUM RELEASE!

Hot off the amazing performance of my composition “Flashlight”, commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, now it’s time for everyone to get stoked about the slightly louder side of my compositional output:

20 person jazz-metal freak-show Space Elevator’s debut album is available now courtesy of the good people at Redshift Records

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Composer, Performer, Producer


Described by Discorder Magazine as a “compositional tour-de-force”, Mike WT Allen is a composer, performer, and bandleader based out of Vancouver, Canada.

As a composer with credits including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Redshift Music, Hard Rubber Orchestra, award winning films, as well as his own projects, Mike has an ear open to everything from jazz to metal to hip hop to classical and everything in between.

As a performer Mike has toured internationally, headlined festival stages to thousands of people, and played in a hair salon twice. Whether he’s playing free-jazz bass saxophone, keyboards in a hiphop jam, or sweet instrumental songs on clarinet, Mike is constantly looking for new ways to explore music across a wide variety of instruments and styles.

For any questions about gigs, commissions, lessons, etc email: mike.w.t.allen@gmail.com

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Press


Press


Press

 

Discorder Magazine
on Space Elevator

“...one of the most awe-inspiring demonstrations of musical prowess that I have ever experienced” (read full article)

 

Vancouver Classical Music
on “Flashlight” with VSO

“Allen’s work is fresh, infectiously rhythmic and warming.” (read full article)

 

Beatroute Magazine
on Big EviL

“...despite hosting tags of “noisy“ and “wacky,“ their performance will win over anyone with a display of mastery over instruments.“ (read full article)

 

Vancouver Jazz Festival
on Space Elevator

“There’s everything you think you know about big band, and then there’s Space Elevator.”

 

My Mom
after seeing one of my
concerts

“Michael child, you might be a genius. I can't believe I'm saying that.“

 

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Cool Things


Cool Things


Musical Highlights

 
  • Space Elevator main stage performance at 2019 Vancouver Jazz Festival

  • History Of Gunpowder 2019 Germany/Italy tour

  • Space Elevator album release at the Rickshaw Theatre

  • Flashlight” for chamber ensemble, commissioned by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

  • Sloove The Traction” performed by the Hard Rubber Orchestra

  • Big EviL performance at ArtsWells where Al Simmons said we were his favourite band

  • Woke Floke Gaze commissioned by Redshift Music, debuted at The Orpheum

  • Big EviL main stage performance at 2017 Vancouver Jazz Festival to 3000+ people

  • 2016 Capilano Courier Reader's Choice Award for Best Musician

  • Soundtrack to award winning short film Help Wanted

  • Best Local Avant-Garde Artist Whammy Awards nomination for Key To Abyss

  • Soundtrack to the award winning short film A Gift For Amelia

  • Commissioned by the Royal Military College of Canada to compose an original piece

  • Space Elevator debut performance to a sold out crowd at the Fox Cabaret

  • Headlining spots for VaudeVille Vagabonds at Cascadia and Atmosphere music festivals

  • Guest musician with Los Furios, opening for k-os

  • Ivy League Brawlers opening for and joined on stage by Angelo Moore of Fishbone

  • Space Junk, a tribute to David Bowie's Blackstar featuring Bend Sinister and Cobra Ramone

  • Music composed for and used in commercials/videos with clients including BC Hydro

  • Guest spots recording or playing with Marianas Trench, Colin James, Los Furios, Bestie, Ben Norton, BRASS, Sadie Campbell