Michael Gaisbacher

Bassist • Bow Rehair

      

A native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Mike grew up spending most of his time outdoors.  At the age of 15, music began to spark his interest so he joined his high school marching band and soon after, started studying the drum set.  This was his stepping stone into the world of music study he has since been a part of.

Photo by Tim Lehman

Photo by Tim Lehman

Through the beginning of his college career, Mike continued his study of the drum set in the Jazz Studies Program at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.  But at the start of his second semester, he picked up the double bass and soon realized he had found his true love with the instrument and it soon became his main focus.  During his time in Cleveland, Mike studied with Demetrius Steinmetz and Joe Hunter as well as under saxophone great, Ernie Krivda.  He was also a member of Krivda’s Jazz Workshop Ensemble.

Soon his passion for the bass, along with incredible dedication and perseverance, lead him to being accepted at Berklee College of Music with a partial scholarship award after only a year and a half of his bass studies.  So at the age of 20, Mike moved to Boston, transferring to Berklee.  This move in September 2013 catapulted him into the world of acoustic music including bluegrass and old-time, as well as his continued study of Jazz.  While at Berklee, Mike had the privilege of studying with many great teachers including Whit Browne, Susan Hagen, Joe Walsh, Wes Corbett, Bruce Molsky, Dave Hollender, and many more.

During his Berklee career, Mike was most often to be found in the Berklee String Department playing in various acoustic roots music ensembles, deeply immersing himself in the genre.  He also was active outside the walls of Berklee, gigging with singer-songwriter Laney Jones, bluegrass bands such as High Rock Mountain, and other pick-up groups along the way.

Mike’s love for acoustic music lead him to be accepted as one of sixteen participants of the Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS) in April of 2015.  While at this seminar in Savannah, Mike got to work closely with renowned acoustic musicians, Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, and Casey Driessen who have since become major influences to Mike’s study in the acoustic roots music world.

In the Spring of 2015 Mike received a Bachelor's degree in bass performance from Berklee College of Music.  Now calling Nashville home, Mike has remained an active player and has performed at major festivals including Freshgrass, Grey Fox, Three Sisters, and the Savannah Music Festival, and has shared the stage with greats including MIke Marshall, Casey Driessen, and Michael Cleveland.  After graduating Berklee, Mike also continued his musical studies with bassist Ethan Jodziewicz through the Fall of 2015.  As well as continuing to stay active in the acoustic music scene, he currently plays and tours with his trio "Wrong Is Right” with Sumaia Jackson and Jake Howard.

 

Current Projects

Sumaia Jackson, Mike Gaisbacher, Jake Howard. Photo by Sean Trischka

Sumaia Jackson, Mike Gaisbacher, Jake Howard. Photo by Sean Trischka