Mikael Karlsson

New York

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Mikael was born in Sweden in 1975, and moved to New York in 2000 after abandoning a stalled career in liquor retail.

Mikael holds a masters degree in composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music and graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental honors in June of 2005.He has received numerous awards for his compositions and his music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Galapagos Art Space, Issue Project Room, The Stone, LeFrak Concert Hall and many other lovely venues in New York. He has been featured by WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer and by the New York Times. The sheet music to his widely performed piece Nasty Fucker (flute and electronics - recorded by Claire Chase for Mikael's debut album Privacy) was published in Butt Magazine. He has collaborated with Lykke Li, Kleerup, Bruce LaBruce, Claire Chase, Joshua Rubin, Black Sun Productions, Lydia Lunch, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Victoria Bergsman (Taken By Trees), Francois Rousseau, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Swedish TV4, Rob Stephenson, Christopher McDonald and many more.
In 2007, he was an honoree of the 2007 OUT100 top 100 influential people, listed as that year's composer.

His music is on the soundtrack of films by acclaimed experimental filmmakers Barbara Hammer (History Lessons, 2001 - an Official Sundance Selection that year) and Christopher Young (Orpheus and Eurydice 2001 - released by Please Records as a separate soundtrack cd), Bruce LaBruce's two latest film Otto; or, Up With Dead People, L.A. Zombie and many others. His music is moving on to video games with his Tobias Wagner / Roman Vinuesa collaboration, Battlefield - Bad Company.

Mikael is the personal representative of celebrated composer Tobias Picker and was recently given a fourth Extraordinary Talent Visa for the US. He teaches at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC.

In 2003, he co-founded film scoring collective Please MusicWorks LLC, which has grown to include more than 100 of New York’s best performers. pleasemusicworks.com.

In 2006, he released the cd “dog” with Rob Stephenson, and in Dec 2008, the album Privacy. EPs Instead and Seven Eight were released in 2008 and 2010.

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