Milo Birch is a young musician and composer who, at 13 years old, has shared the stage with some of the most outstanding artists on the scene. His songs are deliberate, heart-filled compositions that seem to speak from a surprisingly old soul. He plays the piano and, some say, heartstrings.
Though Milo is primarily self-taught, many teachers have inspired him and been influential in his evolution as a musician including: Bob Buchkoe, Jocelyn Basse, and Corrine Rockow.
His summers, spent at Michigan's music festivals (Hiawatha, Blissfest, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, and in the past, Wheatland, Hoxeyville, and Dunegrass), have allowed him the opportunity to create relationships with some of Michigan's finest musicians.
Instrumental in Milo's musical tenacity, some other musical heroes who have inspired and encouraged Milo include Seth Bernard, Joshua Davis, Mike Lynch, Tyler Duncan, Dan Rickabus, Jim Supanich, David Fetzer, and Pat Carroll – many of whom have invited him to sit in on their sets, and have even backed him on his.
Milo performs when the opportunity arises, so you may catch him playing at local nonprofit benefits, 4-H group performances, nursing homes, the Farmer's Market, and art galleries. He has graced the stages at various music festivals such as Blissfest, Hiawatha, Kaufman Auditorium and the Earthwork Harvest Gathering. In May of 2014 he won an award for “Youth Performer” for the 18th Annual Art Awards with the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center.
Milo's most recent appearance at the 2014 Earthwork Harvest Gathering, backed by Joshua Davis, Mike Lynch, and Dan Rickabus, included his first lyrical composition as well as a notable leap in musicianship, both of which riveted the audience.
Whether he is playing his own music or sitting in to play another artist's songs, Milo's visceral connection to the music and his keen ability to improvise is inspiring. If this boy continues on this path, we can expect to have our hearts opened and our minds blown many many many more times as the years progress.
To purchase one of Milo's self-recorded CD's - "Milo on Keys" and "Blend the Colors", or the live recording of "Milo and Friends - Live at the Earthwork Harvest Gathering" on digital or cassette tape, please visit here.
Written, in part, by Rachel Marco-Havens - Mountain Mamas' Medicine Chest
Jason Schneider with Soni Photography
and Nathan Meadows with Wonderquest
Join Milo as he and other amazing community members receive awards for Outstanding Art in the community. Milo has ben nominated and selected for "Youth Performance" at The Marquette Arts and Culture Center's 18th Annual Arts Awards Ceremony
7pm Award Ceremony
Milo's New Album is here!! Stepping Up is a collaboration between Milo, Michigan Musicians, and our Community Family. This incredible journey created an amazing piece of work and we could not have done it without your help!
This album features a double EP all on one disc. One EP (the first 7 tracks) features Milo on Piano and Keyboards at the Heart Center Recording Studio with a band of amazing Michigan musicians: Seth Bernard, Sam Cooper, Joshua Davis, Tyler Duncan, May Erlewine, Micah Ling, Mike Lynch, and Dan Rickabus. Recorded by Tyler Duncan; Mixed and Mastered by Ian Gorman with La Luna Recording & Sound.
The Other EP (tracks 8-14) features Milo on his Electronic Gadgets, recorded and mixed by Milo; Mastered by Ian Gorman. Total run time ~ 51 minutes.
You may purchase the album here: https://milobirch.bandcamp.com
Here is a Link to the Original Kickstarter Project - "Stepping Up"
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