Oct 092014

Mikelangelo launches his new album 

CITY OF DREAMS at Melbourne Festival

Tues 14, Wed 15 and Thu 16 October

Featuring Clare St Clare and Miles Brown

Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Mikelangelo launches his new album CITY OF DREAMS over three nights at the Foxtel Festival Hub at Melbourne Festival on October 14th, 15th and 16th. 
City of Dreams had its genesis in the streets of Melbourne two years ago, by accident not design, when Mikelangelo began making up tunes and words while walking through the parks, streets and laneways of the city. He captured these early sketches on his phone and they became his first demo recordings for City Of Dreams. With funding from Arts Victoria, he embarked upon this ambitious recording project at the end of 2013.
Mikelangelo conceived to record each song with a different artist or band, working in various local studios with different engineers and producers including Myles Mumford, Loki Lockwood, Miles Brown and album producers Daniel and Gideon Frankel. Together they have made an album that is a haunting yet celebratory soundtrack to the city. He says:
“I think the best way to make a truly great album is to follow your instinct at every turn and to trust the artists with whom you are collaborating. If you want to make music that will live forever, you have to be brave and completely ignore the rules.”
Through this involved and intuitive approach, an album of great lyrical and musical scope has been produced. The artists who have worked with Mikelangelo on the album have been instrumental in shaping the musical journey, particularly in the case of electronic artist Miles Brown and dream pop singer Clare St Clare. With Mikelangelo they have co-written the brooding and ethereal album opener Lost and the airy and evocative duet Dawn, and have also worked closely together on title track City Of Dreams and the beautiful finale to the album, Closer. Mikelangelo says:
“I think that everyone has their own personal relationship to the city, one that is filled with hope, longing and desire, like a romance with a lover. Each artist I have worked with has brought something of this depth and mystery to the songs, to make an album that is a love letter to the city.”
The album will be released by clandestine new Melbourne label The Imaginarium. The label is the brainchild of award winning producers, Daniel and Gideon Frankel. Inspired by the influential legacy of studio/labels of the 1960s, the Frankel brothers have created their own studio/label to produce and release contemporary classic albums. City Of Dreams will be their first release and Rocket Distribution will handle distribution of the album. City of Dreams will be released worldwide digitally on Tuesday 14 October and will be in-stores in Australia on Friday 17 October. The album is currently available for pre-order as download, CD and limited edition vinyl via Pledge Music.
Mikelangelo would like to thank Arts Victoria for their contribution towards producing CITY OF DREAMS.
City Of Dreams will be launched with a stunning multi-media show with projections by Morganics and featuring an array of amazing guest artists including Clare St Clare, Miles Brown (Night Terrors), Rob Snarski (Black Eyed Susans), Stu Thomas (Kim Salmon, Dave Graney), Jane Hendry and Kelly Day (Broads, Wagons and The Nymphs), Tali (Biddlewood), Dan McKay (The Nation Blue), Justin Rudge (Bakersfield Glee Club) and more mystery guests.

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May 222014


Acclaimed around the world for his voice, charisma and quiff, award winning singer Mikelangelo is The Balkan Elvis!

Join him at Leaps and Bounds Music Festival for the grand opening of Collingwood Town Hall on Friday 11 July for what will be an incredible tour de force!

Speaking from his luxurious estate on the shores of the Black Sea yesterday, Mikelangelo said, “I am honoured and delighted to play in this splendid ballroom.  It is truly a venue fit for The King.”

Imagine, if you will, that Elvis had grown up in the Balkans and that his musical instrument of choice, aside from an impossibly lush voice, was the piano accordion.

Backed by a seven piece brass Balkan band and Eastern Bloc Go-Go Dancers, Mikelangelo sings the hits as you’ve never heard them before, sprinkling hilarious tales of his rags to riches story throughout the show like so much glitter.

This is Elvis as you’ve never seen or heard him before, overflowing with emotion, romance and animal desire, telling the history of the birth of rock’n’roll behind the Iron Curtain.

Mikelangelo is thrilled to be the first artist invited to perform at the Collingwood Town Hall, which has recently had a once-in-a-century refurbishment that has revealed and restored the art-deco delights of the ballroom.

This iconic building’s ballroom was playing host to live music long before punks were thrashing about on the floor of the Tote.

The crowds that arrived for the weekend dances in the mid-20th Century ensured that the ballroom’s well-worn timber floor became the fastest dancefloor in Melbourne.

Live music continued to light up the town hall’s stage until the 1990s.

The stage is set for a musical renaissance and who better to usher in the new era than our very own Balkan Elvis, the aptly named Mikelangelo!

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria, Beat Magazine & PBS FM with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.



For further information please email Karen@karenconradpublicity.com.

Oct 242013

2013 Age Music Victoria Best Male Artist Nominee Mikelangelo, brings his group The Black Sea Gentlemen to Melbourne to play the Spotted Mallard’s 1st Birthday on Friday 1 November. A heady mix of music, theatre and black humour, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen’s signature sound blends Balkan melodies, European Kabaret Noir and Spaghetti Western [more]

Mar 222013
Tomorrow, Saturday 23 March - the devilishly handsome Mikelangelo & stunning burlesque star Gypsy Wood present 'Style Me Spiegel' at the Famous Spiegeltet at 2pm!

Part fashion parade, part styling demonstration and part concert, this afternoon hosted by stunning burlesque star Gypsy Wood and the devilishly handsome (and perfectly coiffed) Mikelangelo. The style, grace and music from the 20s to the 50s has inspired this celebration of vintage fashion and styling with a twist. You’ll not only learn lots of [more]