WHO IS MICHAEL SCHATTE?
A jaw-dropping electric guitarist. A literate and witty singer/songwriter. A virtuoso acoustic guitar soloist. A riveting live performer. These are just a few phrases culled from recent critical praise that describe Toronto, Canada-based artist Michael Schatte (pronounced SHAW-tee). Blending rock, blues, celtic, folk, bluegrass, country, and rockabilly into his own original and eclectic electric roots music, Schatte delivers a live show that has audiences reelin’, rockin’ and shouting for more, while his albums continue to garner critical raves and deep listener appreciation.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Conundrum is a tour de force of his talent, most evident in his red-hot guitar work, gorgeous vocals, and superb songwriting…Schatte’s lyrics range from wistfulness to lust, philosophy to fun, menace to wit. With his exceptional voice and magnificent guitar, Michael Schatte is an impressive talent…” – Sandra B. Tooze, Maple Blues Newsletter, Canada
“…each song on Turn Back the Vikings has a unique lyrical and blues guitar driven musical edge that makes Michael Schatte one of the best undiscovered songwriters of our times.” – Blues Matters!, U.K.
“…[Schatte’s music] resides at the intersection of Talent and Brilliance. The side streets are Genius and Compelling.” – Barry Lubotta, Phase One Audio Group, Canada
“…the incomparable Michael Schatte… is a dream of a guitar player, a dashing performer, but also a thoughtful and self-conscious artist..” – Numero Cinq Magazine, read the essay on songwriting Michael contributed here.
“I can’t decide whether Michael Schatte is a killer guitarist with an excellent voice who writes great songs or a poet who also happens to be a great singer and guitarist. Either way it works!…Watch for big things from this young man.” – Blues Zeppelin, Switzerland
“Canada’s hidden treasure.” – Stratford Rib and Bluesfest
“…one of Canada’s best-kept secrets and certainly one of its most skilled rock performers.” – The Beat Magazine
“Young Michael Schatte is, simply, a guitar virtuoso…” – Sydney Lea, Poet Laureate of Vermont
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WANT TO BOOK MICHAEL?
Michael regularly appears as:
The Michael Schatte Band
Blistering electric guitar work, emotive vocals and a tight rhythm section characterize Michael’s electric band. Catchy original songs and instrumental improvisation being cornerstones of this ensemble’s musical philosophy, audience members are treated to a high-energy and eclectic show in which unexpected musical turns abound. Electric rock, blues, and folk – these styles and more are weaved into a truly memorable musical event.
Michael Schatte Solo / Duo
Remarkably, Michael’s solo acoustic performances are considered just as exciting as his electric band shows. Part of the reason for this is Michael’s advanced technique on the instrument; he is often playing two or three guitar parts at once and singing besides! Audiences can expect lively acoustic interpretations of Michael’s recorded output, as well as a few carefully chosen gems from the work of other artists.
Recently, Schatte has expanded his live offering to include performances by The Michael Schatte Duo, an acoustic tour de force featuring Upright Bassist Ryan Spratt.
Songwriting and Guitar Clinic Instructor – In addition to live performance, Michael has been hired for guitar clinics (including one in September of 2014 at Canada’s finest musical instrument store, The Twelfth Fret in Toronto) and as a songwriting instructor, developing and leading an acclaimed four-part songwriting course as part of a recent South Western Ontario literary arts festival.
Essayist – Michael has seen his probing essays on music published in literary anthologies (Tough Times, Black Moss Press, 2012; Window Fishing: The Night We Caught Beatlemania, Hidden Brook Press, 2014) and webzines (Numero Cinq, 2014).
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