Michael P, a versatile multi-instrumentalist hailing from San Antonio, has deep-rooted expertise in guitar performance and songwriting. His musical journey commenced at the age of nine in San Antonio, where he initiated his exploration of guitar and piano through the City of San Antonio programs. This early exposure ignited his profound affection for the art of music.
As the years unfolded, Michael’s passion led him to embrace additional instruments such as drums, bass, and vocals. These acquisitions empowered him to craft and orchestrate his own musical creations, ultimately fueling his decision to pursue a formal education in music. Michael’s dedication culminated in an honors graduation from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music.
During his time at Brown, Michael immersed himself in a comprehensive musical education, delving into theory, composition, production, performance, and musicianship. Under the tutelage of esteemed instructors like Paul Kolesnikov and Ron Sanfilippo, he honed his skills in jazz guitar and jazz piano. His artistic influences encompass a diverse array of innovators, including Grant Green, Tal Farlow, Jim Hall, Steve Lacy, Omar Apollo, Dominic Fike, Bill Evans, Barry Galbraith, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, Ron Carter, and Miles Davis.
Following his academic achievements at Brown, Michael returned to his hometown of San Antonio, where good fortune led him to become an integral member of the up and coming Latin indie ensemble, Vanita Leo. In his role as guitarist and producer for the group, he contributed significantly to their musical journey, including statewide tours supporting the acclaimed Latin indie rock group, Ramona, and opening alongside prominent acts like Ramon Ayala. His expertise lies in jazz, latin, neo soul, R&B, rock, alternative, and country music but has appreciation for all styles of music.
Beyond his collaborative endeavors, Michael channels his creative energy into his personal project, Some Shrubs, where he composes and produces music in tandem with his commitments. As his artistic identity solidified, Michael’s aspiration to cultivate the next generation of musicians and enthusiasts prompted his affiliation with Vivaldi, where he now serves as a music educator and mentor. He believes in infusing the learning process with enjoyment, using music as a conduit to expand horizons and foster cultural innovation. Michael Perez stands poised to inspire and instill a profound adoration for music within all his students, championing the notion that music is both a fulfilling pursuit and a gateway to new perspectives and cultures.