Mike performs regularly with trumpet player John McNeil -- they co-lead a regular Wednesday night jam at the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn -- and also leads the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra, as well as his own quintet, which is represented on his debut album, Anima (Brooklyn Jazz Underground). Mike is the principal trombonist of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York and a member of the Gramercy Brass Quintet. He is also a regular member of the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, and Rob Mosher’s Storytime. He has shared the stage with Maria Schneider, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin, George Garzone, Charles Tolliver, Ken Peplowski, and many others. He was the first ever Canadian Fulbright Scholar in jazz.
I've known Mike longer than any other Secret Society co-conspirator. We were classmates at McGill in the 90's before our paths diverged for a while, before our eventual tearful reunion one rain-soaked evening in Brooklyn. Mike is an alumnus of the Canadian Forces Band of the Ceremonial Guard -- somewhere out there, there are incriminating photos of him in a bearskin headdress. He finds himself perpetually torn between his Apollonian love of evolutionary biology and quantum physicals, versus his Dionysian goat-devil worship of Johan Santana.
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Brooklyn Babylon, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician — if you would like to sponsor Mike's appearance on our new album, or lend your support at any level, please visit our Kickstarter page.
UPDATE (17 July 2012): Mike has been sponsored — his appearance on Brooklyn Bablyon is supported by the generosity of Carol Fahie. But you have until 11:59 PM EDT tomorrow night (Monday, July 18) to support the appearance of another Secret Society musician -- or to be part of our Kickstarter fundraiser at any level.
MUSICIANS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP: Erica von Kleist • Rob Wilkerson • Sam Sadigursky • John Ellis • Josh Sinton • Seneca Black • Tom Goehring • Matt Holman • Nadje Noordhuis • Mike Fahie • Ryan Keberle • James Hirschfeld • Sebastian Noelle • Gordon Webster • Matt Clohesy • Jon Wikan
MUSICIANS ALREADY SPONSORED: Ingrid Jensen • Jennifer Wharton