Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Tickets
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson tickets
A multi-instrumentalist whose work spawns genres as diverse as classical and hip-hop, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is one of the most respected musicians to come from LA. The session musician, violinist and composer has worked on more than 500 recordings, including efforts by Dr.Dre, Flying Lotus, will.i.am and Lana Del Rey.
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's tour
The multi-talented musician regularly tours with an ensemble who are handpicked depending on the show. For instance, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's 2012 tour in collaboration with Art Don't Sleep at the Mayan Theater was a tribute to '60s R&B and '70s soul music.
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's background
Atwood-Ferguson was born in the revered art district of Topanga Canyon to parents who were actively working in the music scene. His father was a multi-instrumentalist while his mother worked in special education. Thus, he was exposed to a wide variety of music at a very early age. He counts musicians as diverse as Tchaikovsky, Motown and The Beatles to be his major influences while growing up.
Atwood-Ferguson started learning the violin when he was just four, and by the time he graduated high school, he had already performed a viola concerto as the final project for his senior year. He earned a degree in classical violin from the University of Southern Carolina and his first big performance came in 2004 as a violinist with Big Boi at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards.
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's big breakthrough
Atwood-Ferguson's big international breakthrough happened in 2009 when he collaborated with producer Carlos Nino on Suite for Ma Dukes - a tribute EP dedicated to J Dilla. He conducted over 60 handpicked musicians for a live performance of the EP at a concert in LA, which featured guest musicians such as Talib Kweli, Thundercat and Bilal.
Despite working on more than 500 records, it took until 2017 for Atwood-Ferguson to release his debut album, Les Jardins Mystiques, through Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records.
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's human side
Atwood-Ferguson is a practicing Buddhist who regularly performs at charity events and outreach programs for kids and adults. In performance circles, he is known for turning down high-profile assignments every now and then simply because he didn't get the right vibe from them.
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's live shows
Atwood-Ferguson's live shows are an orchestral wonder in which he conducts a band of musicians to perfection. If the show does not have a pre-defined theme, he can be expected to conduct his famed Suite for Ma Dukes compositions, like he did at the London Jazz Festival in 2016. Surprise performances from his friends can be expected during the show, as with his 2010 performance in Los Angeles. There, Atwood-Ferguson's ensemble was joined by Bilal on stage, who then gave an impromptu performance of "Someday We'll All Be Free" by Donny Hathaway.
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