The eclectic career of Mike Barnett has transcended the boundaries of the traditional contemporary musician. In the 1980’s, art rock ensembles such as Rush and Pink Floyd and classically-influenced European heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden and King Diamond captivated Mike and led him to discover his penchant for the drum set. As a drummer he has worked extensively with bands that compose and record original music. Mike earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 and Master of Arts degree in 1998, both in Music Composition, from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, he earned the D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Colorado. Mike’s compositions include several orchestral works, a piano concerto, a work for wind ensemble, a chamber opera and many chamber works, solo works and songs. His music has been performed around the world by prominent musicians and major ensembles. He currently lives in Boulder, CO and teaches at CU.
Caress of the Serpent (piano quintet)Ask the Wind (piano trio)Music for the Ancient Spirits (string quartet)Lucifer Rising (piano and orchestra)Hot Winds of Death (wind ensemble)Lunar Rhapsody (solo piano)Soul Drippings (solo piano)Cosmosis (orchestra and MIDI keyboard w/ MAX patch)Broken (orchestra)Cascades for Four Horns
A composition is a reflection of the soul, the experiences and the energy of its creator. There is no greater sense of satisfaction for me than to share my music with others.