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Michael R. Oldham

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Michael R. Oldham (b. 1989 Braidwood, IL) is a composer and pianist who weaves artwork, story, and imagination into his work.
Whether experimenting with looping videos on Instagram as the "parts" of a piece that anyone can play ("Music In Segments" - 2018), utilizing repeating gif images of old silent films as inspiration for a twelve-movement work ("Music In Gifs" - 2019), or translating great works of art into music ("The Egon Schiele Pieces" - upcoming), Michael's thirst for unusual storytelling through music is never quenched.
Continuing this trend, his work as composer-as-storyteller is ever-present in the albums, EPs, and singles he has self-released. Recent albums include "Three Vignettes" (2017), which is a work of three movements with short stories for violin and piano, "The Los Angeles Miseries" (2016), which is a set of pieces for solo piano on perspectives attained while driving across America from Chicago to Los Angeles, "Grand Delusions on a Small Scale" (2015), which features early solo piano works, as well as "Fantasies for Piano" (2014), which is a six-movement dissection of some of his favorite songs by artists including Fiona Apple, Dirty Projectors, My Brightest Diamond, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, and Sufjan Stevens.

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