Michael Simpsonelli has been active in the Vancouver music community for over 20 years, and is an in-demand musician that is known for his solid musicianship and unparalleled diversity. He has performed, toured, composed and recorded with numerous ensembles, in a wide range of styles, such as: Jazz, Metal, Blues, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Funk, Klezmer, Punk, Rock, and Electronica.
Michael has scored music for feature-length films, such as the violent thriller “Jacob’s End” (2004). He has composed music for documentary films such as "Tiny Blue Pill" (2005). For a silent film titled "Limb For Love" (2006) , he composed and performed a 20-minute "Tango" piece (based around Accordian movements that Michael played himself). Michael was commissioned by acclaimed Vancouver artist Steven Shearer to compose "The Toolshed Symphony", in which he performed numerous original Metal guitar pieces that were played as part of a live modern art exhibit that was shown in Vancouver, Vienna, and Italy. In 2003 he produced and co-wrote the album “Mental Moonlight”, with Anna Baignoche and Governor-General Award winning poet Joe Rosenblatt.
Live, Michael has performed internationally, at many venues and festivals. In 2011, he toured extensively througout Japan with punk band Isolation3 (alongside members of Canadian punk icons SNFU, Econoline Crush, and legendary German Industrial-Metal band KMFDM), even surviving an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown!! He has had numerous appearances with CBC Radio and Television, and many other radio and TV shows.
Michael has worked with, or has shared the stage with: Juno Award winner Jason Burnstick, renowned Canadian Producer Steven Drake (The Odds, Tragically Hip, 5440), legendary beatbox poet/songwriter CR Avery, The Broken Mirrors, Anna Baignoche, Mother Mother, Mark Berube, Masa Anzai (Bison BC), master percussionist Sal Ferreras, Steven Nikleva (Sarah Mclaughlan, Mae Moore), Terry Townson (Colin James, Ray Charles), Simon Kendall (Colin James, Doug & The Slugs), and countless other artists.