It is an unexpected pleasure to run across someone like Michaud in this world - besides being a wonderful musician and incredibly helpful and supportive colleague, he is also a deep thinker and daily philosopher. He brings a deep consciousness to everything he works on. Michaud plays the role of the Gatekeeper in the opera, which is funny, because it is a non-singing role...and Michaud has a beautiful voice! Well, that's what happens sometimes in casting. Amid the constellation of divine/supernatural beings in the opera, the Gatekeeper is the only mortal...
Michaud is a guitarist, composer, singer, arranger, copyist, performer, teacher...the list goes on. He is a local Seattle treasure.
He writes on his website:
"Composer, guitarist and performer Michaud Savage is a working musician based in Seattle, WA. A solo and group performer, His work includes works for various chambers ensembles and orchestras, electronics, and improvised music. Michaud runs The Ancient Present, an ensemble performing new works and exploring various musical frontiers.
As a guitarist, Michaud serves a soloist and accompanist, is a member of the Tuesday Tease house band, plays guitar and sings in the tango ensemble Chicharra Tango, and leads The Ancient Present. Over the years, he has had the honor and pleasure to work with Adam Tully, Ramiro Gallo, honey.moon.tree, Paintings for Animals, Justin Froese, Adra Boo, Beth Fleenor, Evan Flory-Barnes, Heather Bentley, Michelle Searle, Ammon Swinbank, and many others over the years.
He studied at the Cornish College of the Arts with Emily Doolittle, Jim Knapp, and Michael Nicolella. Michaud’s studies beyond Cornish include time at The Evergreen State College where his studies with Terry Setter, Ben Kamen, Arun Chandra , and Sean Williams included an emphasis in Consciousness Studies and music."
Michaud's piece "No Matter Live" was recently performed by the Seattle Rock Orchestra, and he runs the ensemble The Ancient Present: here's a demo of his composition, "Only Time".