Michael Buckley

Regarded as the most important and influential musician on the Irish jazz scene, saxophonist / flautist and composer Michael Buckley has been playing professionally since the age of six when critics hailed him as a child prodigy. Born in Dublin city in 1971 Michael first came to prominence on an International level when, aged 10, he played flute with the legendary saxophonist George Coleman in the National Concert Hall. Though largely self-taught, his obvious talent has beendeveloped by his father Dick Buckley, and such legends as Milt Hinton. Buckley has found his ownunique voice playing both on saxophone and flute.

Buckley has collaborated with artists as diverse as Glen Hansard, The World Jazz Orchestra, The Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra (led by Tim Hagans), Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Joey Baron, Jason Rebello, Nils Wolgram, Tom Rainey and Chander Sardjoe to name but a few.

More recently Buckley is rapidly becoming the most important producer of his generation, with countless albums Michael is making a name for him self internationally as a producer and engineer, from jazz to traditional to hip hop.

Buckley has also performed and toured in recent years with The Mingus Big Band, Jason Moran, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Edward Simon, Pete King, Badal Roy, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Grant Stewart, Ingrid Jensen, Guy Barker, Greg Burk, Damon Brown, Kevin Dean, Florian Ross, soloist with the BBC big band, Albert Sanz, and Gerard Presencer among others. As well as frequent radio spots, Michael has made numerous television appearances, regularly works on film and television scores and recently collaborated on recordings with Donovan, the Cranberrys, The Corrs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Mattis.