My songs are definitely for people looking for three-dimensional music.” Perhaps the most exceptional aspects of Michael Mangia come in his live performances. No longer content to deliver simple concerts, Mangia incorporates an unusual degree of performance art into his now illustrious shows. From the pink megaphone he regularly uses for sonic effect, to his slideshow backdrops that create a sensory, multi-media journey, Mangia is no ordinary performer. “It’s all about bringing the music to life through these added visual elements.
I don’t just want people to hear the songs - I want them to experience them.” Self-produced and privately released on Orphan Records, Mangia’s first nationally recognized album, The Invisible Wall, tells the story of a painter whose canvas is filled with addicted porn stars and their admirers, children’s sci-fi fantasy, Italian mobsters, and the facade-filled world of Hollywood. “As the tale started revealing itself, I found myself piecing this one wildly crazy puzzle together from different angles, time zones and states of consciousness...It’s an exploration of the facets of one’s self you can wish to look at or ignore.” After completing the ambitious task of writing, recording, producing and independently releasing his own record, Mangia, doubling as artist and executive, has generated abundant opportunities and support for the warmly received release, including placements on NBC’s daytime drama Passions. Mangia continues to focus on extending his national and regional touring in support of The Invisible Wall. Fall of 2007 will see the release of his next full-length album.
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