Michael Manderen, guitar and lute
Now appearing every Monday night, (starting June 1) throughout June, July and August at Gamekeeper's Taverne in Chagrin Falls (440-247-7744)
and at Sergio's in University Circle on Wednesday and Saturday evenings on the patio (216-231-1234)
and at the Palace Theater (Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland), performing lobby, pre-show music before performances of:
An Evening With Patti Lupone and Mandy Patimkin (May 5 - 17)
Lutenist/Violist in residence at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire, Geneva, Ohio July 11- August 16 (with Owain Phyfe, Judy Plester and Rio Blue July 11-26)
Guest Appearance with Owain Phyfe and Friends at the Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly, MI (September 5, 6, 7, October 3 & 4)
Renaissance and Baroque Lutes
Celtic Guitar, Hammer Dulcimer
Classical Guitar and Flute or Violin
Viola da Gamba
Providing music of various styles as soloist or in ensembles for parties, receptions, weddings, and special events. Contact:
440-775-7934 (home) - 440-775-8930 (work)
About Music by Manderen
Michael Manderen, Oberlin Conservatory Lecturer in Guitar and Lute, whether presenting solo programs on classical and 7-string jazz guitars, as well as lutes of all periods, or collaborating with his duo partner flutist Linda White or fiddlers Bruce Erwin or Judy Plester, provides a unique program drawing on the music of many periods. His solo and duo concerts encompass early music on historical instruments, the finest solo and duet repertoires for guitars and flute from the classical, romantic, and impressionist periods, as well as contemporary music and the best of the American popular and classic jazz idiom. Unifying his solo and duo programs is the theme that improvisation has played a significant role in almost every musical period and that an improvisatory sense of excitement and spontaneity should pervade all musical performance.
Michael Manderen – Lutes, Vihuela, Classical and Jazz Guitars, Hammered Dulcimer, and Viola da Gamba
Michael Manderen, Director of Conservatory Admissions and Lecturer in Lute and Guitar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 1978, is graduate of Oberlin College, where he was a dual degree student (B.A./B.Mus.) in Lute Performance in the Conservatory of Music and History and Music in the College of Arts and Sciences. His principal teachers at Oberlin were the composer and guitarist Loris O. Chobanian and lutenist Paul O'Dette.
Michael Manderen is skilled on both classical and jazz guitars, as well as a variety of lutes, most of which were constructed expressly for him. First introduced to fretted instruments at the age of 10, he began studying guitar with noted classical guitarist William Matthews several years later. At the age of 14 he began the study of jazz guitar concurrently with the classical guitar, working with famed studio musician and former NBC "Tonight Show" guitarist Barry Galbraith. It was Galbraith who first introduced Michael to the lute, which led him to study that instrument with Suzanne Bloch, daughter of composer Ernest Bloch, and an early pioneer in reintroducing the lute and its literature to contemporary musical life. Michael began his professional performing life early, first recording television and radio commercial sound tracks for Estee Lauder and Revlon while still in high school.
In addition to his numerous appearances with the Manderen Duo, Michael has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra both as lutenist and classical guitarist, as well as the Chicago-based baroque orchestra "The City Musick" in performances of Handel's oratorio "La Ressurezione." His lute has been heard in a more popular vein, most recently in several television commercials broadcast nationally for the Knight's Inn motel chain. Michael has also occupies the post of Lutenist-in-Residence at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire in Geneva, Ohio.
Michael can be heard locally in Cleveland at fine restaurants and jazz clubs, including such as, Gamekeeper's Tavern in Chagrin Falls, and at Sergio's in University Circle, playing jazz and Brazilian jazz classics. At Sergio's, he is frequently joined by vocalist Fernanda Cunha, a splendid Brazilian recording artist, who makes her home in Rio.
As a teacher, Michael's experience extends over thirty years. In addition to administrative and teaching duties at Oberlin, he has instructed both classical and jazz guitar students at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he served as Visiting Instructor of Guitar.
Phone: 440-775-7934 (home – leave message)
Revised: May 2009
During the Great Lakes Medieval Faire Michael performs on stage and the lanes. He is frequently found by the beautiful garden in front of Griffin's Costumes. – Photo Credit: Dr. Eleanor A. Congdon
On the patio during the summer at Sergio's in University Circle with Brazilian singer Fernanda Cunha. Fernanda has returned to Rio to perform at the original Bossa Nova club that started it all. We all wish her well and hope she'll rejoin Michael at Sergio's soon. – Photo Credit: John Seyfreid
Performing with Owain Phyfe and Judy Plester at the 2005 Great Lakes Medieval Faire in Geneva, Ohio – Photo Credit: Jeannie Nicholson
Minstrel Michael d'Oberlin with his new 7-string viol made by Dominik Zuchowicz-Photo Credit: Jeannie Nicholson
Fernanda and Michael relax during a break on Sergio's patio with owner Sergio Abramof. Although Michael is still working on their duo project recorded live at Sergio's, you can buy Fernanda's wonderful recording of Bossas and Sambas at the restaurant. Just ask! Photo Credit: John Seyfreid
Michael informally jamming at GLMF with John and Barbiel Saunders of Silent Lion. Photo credit
Sisters Angie and Tootsie join the Colony street enclave. Dad is beaming (better than a new lute). Photo Credit: Barbara Nuernberger
Mike's Tootsie. Photo Credit: Barbara Nuernberger
Buford and Fred
Michael performs on his Benedetto custom-built 7-string guitar
Michael performing with Owain Phyfe at the Michigan Renaissance Festival