He began working professionally as a musician in the early 90’s in Paris, where he recorded an album of Monk compositions with the pianoless quartet Four in One, and his first album as leader, Philomela’s Song. Since moving to New York, Michael’s performed as sideman and leader at venues such as the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Roulette, Cornelia Street Café, 55 Bar, and at the What is Jazz?, Visions, Bell Atlantic, and JVC Jazz festivals. The debut album of his trio, renku, with John Hebert and Satoshi Takeishi, was released to critical acclaim in September 2005 on Playscape Recordings. Other projects as a leader include Clinamen with Tony Malaby, Matt Moran, Mark Taylor, and Tyshawn Sorey in addition to the members of renku, and A.C.T.ion! with Sean Conly and Take Toriyama. The latter group toured Portugal in November 2005.
He has composed live scores for theater, dance, and silent film that have been performed in New York City, the Midwest, and Europe. His compositions can also be heard on Anthony Coleman’s Morenica (TZADIK) and Fred Lonberg-Holm’s In Zenith (MIGUEL). Michael Attias is a 2000 Artists' Fellowship Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a founding member and Musical Director of NYC-based theater company Dangerous Ground Productions. He also curates the Night of the Ravished Limbs Concert Series at Barbès in Brooklyn, NY ( http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com, which as been called “... the hottest barometer of new combos-in-progress on the working musician’s jazz and improv scene in the city” (STEVE DOLLAR, JJA MEMBERSTOP TEN LIST OF 2004).
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