Michael Ford
mford@michaelford.cc

Education -
    Attended Philadelphia Musical Academy - 1971 - 1973
    Studied classical piano privately with -
    -  Ralph Kemmerer - head of the music dept. of Muhlenberg College - 1959 - 1968
    -  Eleanor Sokoloff- 1969 - 1970
    -  Susan Starr - 1971 - 1975
    Studied composition with Romeo Cascarino - Combs College - 1969
    Electronic Music Lab assistant for Andrew Rudin - PMA - 1971

Currently -

    Songwriting partner, composer, arranger, performer, audio editor, mixing and recording engineer for Sandra       Boynton at Boynton Recordings and Boynton/Ford Music.

    Pianist, composer and producer of albums for my own label Zozo Records.

    Songwriter and composer of my own music for Silent Snow Music, ASCAP

    Film scoring and soundtrack production for feature-length films, short films and music         videos.

    Performing artist of my own music

    Post production and film editor of music videos and documentaries.


Experience -

Pianist, composer and producer of piano solo CD’s
        - Exile - 2017
        - Leah’s Farewell - 2015
        - Simple Truth - 2011
        - Dream of the Wind - 2009  

Songwriter/Composer for Boynton/Ford Music - 1995 - present

Arranger of all styles of music for Boynton Recordings - 1995 - present

Audio recording engineer, editor, mixer for Boynton Recordings - 1995 - present

Audio recording engineer, editor, mixer for Criterion Music, Inc. - 1993 - present

Music Production of all Boynton/Ford song albums - Boynton Recordings
        - Hog Wild - 2017
        - Frog Trouble - 2012
        - Blue Moo - 2008
        - Dog Train - 2004
            Gold Record
        - Philadelphia Chickens - 2001
            Platinum Record, Grammy Nominated
        - Rhinoceros Tap - 1996
            Gold Record

Film composing and soundtrack production for feature-length and short films.

    Full length features -
        - Seven Lovers - 2016
        - Keeper - 2011
        - No Boundaries - 2009
        - The Now - 2009
    Music Videos -
        - Perfect Piggies - 2015
        - Cows: Music Video - 2014
        - One Shoe Blues starring B.B.King - 2009
        - Alligator Stroll - 2013
        - Philadelphia Chickens - 2010
        - Penguin Lament - 2010
        - When Pigs Fly - 2013
        - Be Like a Duck - 2009
        - Moving Pictures - 2009

Video Production and Editing - 2009 - present
        - The Making of Blue Boo
        - The Making of Frog Trouble
        - The Making of One Shoe Blues starring B. B. King
        - Philadelphia Chickens
        - Sock Puppets Screen Test

Music and sound for 5 children's interactive book apps for Boynton Moo Media and Loud Crow Interactive - 2011

Consultant, sound and demo developer for music keyboard company - Ensoniq Corp. - 1987 - 1995

 


Piano experience -
Piano Soloist with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra at 13 years old.
Pianist and Harpsichordist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for their tours and yearly Broadway seasons - 1980 - 1984
Recorded Stravinsky’s Le Sacre Du Printemps two piano version for PBS Dance in America Series
Performed piano and electronic music at Lincoln Center, with Pew recipient John Greenland - 1993
Private piano teacher     - 1978 - 1988
            - 2016 - present
Performing my own piano music - 2009 - present

Ensemble experience -
Vacuum Pact quintet and sextet - experimental jazz/rock experience - 1968 - 1984
Britton Sisters Trio- blues and folk - 1971 - 1973
Doshie Powers Quartet- singer songwriter - 1974
played piano jazz & American Songbook repertoire throughout Philadelphia - 1981 - 2004
Performed and recorded with various musicians -
        
        - Alison Krauss
        - David Darling
        - Viktor Krauss
        - Stuart Duncan
        - Ron Block
        - Luke Bulla
        - Kenny Vaughan
        - Jim Hoke
        - Shannon Forest
        - Fred Eltringham
        - Kenny Vaughan
        - Al Stauffer
        - Butch Ballard
        - Dominic Mancini
                
        - Harold Karabell
        - Mike Natale
        - Pattie LuPone
        - Linda Eder
        - Rob Hyman
        - Eric Bazilian
        - Kevin Bacon
        - Michael Bacon
        - Mark Lanegan
        - Bobby Vee
        - Davy Jones
        - Blues Traveler
        - Hootie and the Blowfish
        - Spin Doctors
        
Skills
    Classical and contemporary piano
    Improvisation
    Synthesizer techniques
    Virtual orchestra techniques
    Keyboard arranging techniques
    ProTools editing specialist
    Melodyne editing specialist
    
    ProTools 12
    Melodyne Studio
    Final Cut 7
    Adobe Premiere Pro
    Finale
    Microsoft Word and Powerpoint
    Apple Pages and Keynote
    
Honors & Awards
    •    Nominated Best Contemporary Classical Album - Simple Truth - 2010
    •    Nominated Best Contemporary Classical Album - Dream of the Wind - 2009
    •    Platinum Record - Philadelphia Chickens
    •    Gold Record - Dog Train
    •    Gold Record - Rhinoceros Tap
    •    Grammy nomination - Best Children’s Album - Philadelphia Chickens - 2002
    •    New York Times Best-seller List for 10 months - Philadelphia Chickens - 2002


I've had the privilege of working with the following artists through my work with Sandra Boynton -

-  Kristen Bell
-  Samuel L. Jackson
-  Patrick Wilson
-  Laura Linney
-  “Weird Al” Yankovic
-  Scott Bakula
-  Raul Esparza
-  Stanley Tucci
-  Mark Lanegan
-   Alison Krauss
-   Ben Folds
-   Brad Paisley
-   Darius Rucker
-   Dwight Yoakam
-   Fountains of Wayne
-   Josh Turner
-   Kacey Musgraves
-   Linda Eder
-  Ryan Adams
-   B. B. King
-   Bobby Vee
-   Davy Jones of the Monkees

-   Gerry & The Pacemakers
-   Neil Sedaka
-   Patti LuPone
-   Sha Na Na
-   The Bacon Brothers
-   Mickey Hart
-   Billy J. Kramer
-   Blues Traveler
-   Hootie and the Blowfish
-   Kate Winslet
-   The Phenomenauts
-   Rob Hyman
-   Eric Bazilian
-   Spin Doctors
-   Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
-   Kevin Kline
-   Natasha Richardson
-   Eric Stoltz
-   Meryl Streep
-   John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting
-   Christopher Kale Jones