News update: I had the privilege of composing 30 minutes of original music for this fascinating film about the ‘Jazz Ambassadors’. It will be broadcast on BBC4 on Friday 4th May, then available on iPlayer for a couple of weeks after that. It will also be shown on PBS (USA) on the same date and on Arte and ZDF in Europe on 20th May. Here’s a link (www.thejazzambassadors.com) to the website where there’s info about the film, credits and details about recording the music score, and a short trailer which feature some of my cues.
Photograph by Peter Saunders
Michael is an award-winning composer whose credits include performing, writing and producing music for film and TV, as well as working with some of the most excting artists in popular music.
Michael’s most recent work includes scores for feature Finding Your Feet and documentary Jazz Ambassadors, both projects due for release in spring 2018. Other work includes the score for ITV mini series Dark Angel, original music for Richard Linklater’s movie Me and Orson Welles starring Zac Efron & Claire Danes, the score for indie feature Forget Me Not and string arranger on Ricky Gervais’ feature David Brent: Life on the Road.
Michael has also collaborated on feature film scores with DJ Paul Oakenfold (Nothing Like the Holidays, Vexille) and has worked closely with acclaimed documentary director Gary Johnstone on a number of internationally renowned documentary films such as the 5 part series Alien Deep (NATGeo), docu-drama Einstein’s Big Idea/E=Mc2 (NOVA-PBS/C4) and Battle of Hood and Bismarck (C4).
His music has also been featured in many popular dramas, TV series and title sequences including The Wire, Live From Abbey Road, Waterloo Road and Secrets of the SAS: In their Own Words.
Michael is also building a reputation for himself as a jazz composer, performing his compositions as The Mike McEvoy Band. His album The Long Way Home (2014) received glowing praise and featured a stellar line up of modern British jazz stars including Nigel Hitchcock, Gerard Presencer, Jason Rebello, Ben Castle and James Maddren.
Composer of original music of Alexander Holt and Lance Roehrigs forthcoming feature film starring Gemma Jones and Tobias Menzies.
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Film available for rental from iTunes
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Dawn on the South Bank (Forget Me Not / 2010 - Quicksilver Films)
iPod Party (Forget Me Not / 2010 - Quicksilver films)
Original music and music production for feature film starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay and Claire Danes. Director, Richard Linklater. CinemaNX.
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UK Trailer featuring 'original music' cue (Me and Orson Welles / 2008 - CinemaNX/Detour Films)
Feature starring Alfred Molina, Freddy Rodriguez and John Leguizamo. Additional composition, orchestration and arranging on Paul Oakenfold's score. Overture Pictures.
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Jesse - I'm Not A War Hero (Nothing Like the Holidays / 2008 - Overture Pictures)
Opening Titles - Welcome Home Jesse (Nothing Like the Holidays / 2008 - Overture pictures)
Assistant to Paul Oakenfold and additional music on Japanese anime feature. Director Fumihiko Sori for Oxybot/Shochiku (in US, FUNimation Entertainment). Winner of Best Animated Feature at Philadelphia Film Festival 2008.
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Vexille goes Into Battle (Vexille / 2007 - FUNimation)
National Geographic (USA) series about the earths oceans. Directed by Gary Johnstone.
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A six minute ‘behind the scenes’ video about the recording session that took place at Air-Edel Studios, London England during the scoring of the NatGeo TV series ‘Alien Deep’, featuring series director/producer Gary Johnstone.
We Wont Survive in Outer Space (Alien Deep Series, Episode 5 / 2012 - National Geographic)
A New Frontier (Alien Deep / 2012 - National Geographic)
Ride the Lava Flow (Alien Deep / 2012 - National Geographic series)
Composed and producer of track called 'In A Mellow Mood' by 'The Freddie Carleone Quartet' for feature film Wild Target, which features the actors Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.
Episode 10: Ramanga has come back from the dead to seek his revenge, capturing Vlad and Malik. Ramanga, intending to kill both the boys by extracting all their powers, has his comeuppance when the Count intervenes, just in time...almost.
Episode 13: This is towards the end of the final episode of the series. Vlad must say goodbye to his mother forever in this very emotional scene.
Episode 7: This is the opening sequence to episode 7. Malik is having a dream (or is it a nightmare?...) about his Mother who is banished to a distant dimension beyond the mirror.
Opening titles and closing credits theme music for 3rd series airing from October 2009.
2 hr documentary C4 (and PBS in USA). Director Gary Johnstone for Darlow Smithson/WGBH
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1 hr documentary in 'Storyville' series (BBC2). Director Pascale Lamche, Zeta Productions
2 x 90 minute documentaries for Channel 4 in the UK and 2 x 1 hour documentaries for PBS in USA. Director Gary Johnstone for ITN Factual/Channel 4 UK
Watch free on 4OD
Composer of original music of Marcel Grants forthcoming feature film drama starring Caroline Ducey.
A reflective journey through sound, Terra Cognita has its roots in world music and jazz, and is a tribute to nature's power and beauty. Visit www.terracognita.co.uk
Michael's debut instrumental album, released originally on All That Records in 1996, now re-mastered and available on Rezzonator Music.
'Band on a Mission' is a cross pollination of classic underground rare groove and feel good contemporary funk n' soul in the shape of heartfelt songs and incredible instrumental pieces.Get it here.
Featuring legendary Brazilian percussionist, Airto Moreira, Terra Cognita is a tribute to nature’s power and beauty. A reflective journey through sound.Download here.
Lalomie Washburn wrote songs for Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin and sang back-up behind many soul greats. This album was co-written and produced with Mike in the 1990s. Sadly Lalomie passed away in 2004, but this collection is a testament to her enduring funkiness and uniquely sassy lyric writing.Get it from iTunes.
Produced and arranged by Ernie McKone and Michael, this album was originally released in 1995. The 70s jazz-funk influenced tunes feature the soulful vocals of Xavier Barnett, James Coleman and Ed Saunders.
Michael's first solo release, this jazz-fusion instrumental album was originally on the All That record label in 1996, now re-mastered and available on:Rezzonator Music
Released on DVD and enhanced CD, performing in concert with Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi during the 1994 reunion tour. Get it from iTunes.
Co-writer with Wookie and Lain Gray on Wookie's debut album. 'Back Up, Back Up' reached # 2 in the UK dance charts.
Writing and producing for new Soul II Soul album and for artists signed to the Soul II Soul label. Co-wrote 'Love Come Through' on album '1990 - A new Decade'.
Keyboards and guitar on album "Return of the Mack" including title track.
Co-producer and arranger of the album release in 1993. Co-writer of the track 'Sunshine of your Smile'.
Bass and synthesisers on album 'Apples'
Co-writer, arranger and musician on album 'Four Thousand Weeks Holiday'
Co-writer, arranger and musician on album 'Get Ahead'
Keyboards and vocoder on album ‘Songs To Remember’.
Keyboards, programming and guitar on album.
Keyboards, guitar on album.
Additional guitars and keyboards on the 1997 top 20 Hit Single. Produced by Hugh Padgham.
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