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 release show!
April 6th, 2019 at the Rickshaw Theatre
Get your tickets because I promise this concert is going to be off the freaking hook!
Described by Discorder Magazine as a “compositional tour-de-force”, award winning Mike WT Allen established himself early on as a maverick in the music scene by stubbornly following his own iconoclastic ideas about music, often to their most extreme ends.
As a composer with an ear open to anything from jazz to avant-garde metal, trip hop to no-wave, Mike constantly makes an effort to represent his eclectic tastes in his musical output, often times creating a hybrid sound in the process that is both familiar yet strange.
When it comes to performing Mike is always looking to explore new sounds, whether that means performing on a revolving door of woodwind instruments, exploring the depths of synthesizers, or running his instruments through effects pedals to alter their natural sound. A desire to find new timbres or noises not normally associated with whatever instrument in his hands drives his creative process.
For any questions about gigs, commissions, lessons, etc email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
on Space Elevator
on Big EviL
The Langara Voice
on Key To Abyss
“If I had to describe Key To Abyss's music I'd say it sounds like a old time steamer sinking into the Marianna Trench, in a good way”
on Space Elevator
“...a showcase for some of the best musicians Vancouver has to offer, an exhibit of Allen’s compositional genius and, simply put, a captivating show that elevated the big band genre into a whole other galaxy.” (read full article)
after seeing one of my concerts
“Michael child, you might be a genius. I can't believe I'm saying that.“
“Flashlight” for chamber ensemble, commissioned by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
“Sloove The Traction” performed by the Hard Rubber Orchestra
Space Elevator headlining performance at West Coast Big Band Festival
Big EviL performance at ArtsWells where Al Simmons said we were his favourite band
Had a composition of mine Woke Floke Gaze performed at The Orpheum
Big EviL headlining spot at Vancouver Jazz Fest, Canada Day 2017 David Lam Park
2016 Capilano Courier Reader's Choice Award for Best Musician
Soundtrack to award winning short film Help Wanted
Best Local Avant-Garde Artist 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