Acoustic Alternatives: Brad Phillips


Join John Bommarito for another installment of his podcast Acoustic Alternatives and very special guest Brad Phillips, lecturer at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Artist in residence at Purple Rose Theatre Company and Fiddle / Mandolin / Guitar / Record Producer at Jeff Daniels, Live & Unplugged.

“BRAD PHILLIPS is quickly becoming known as one of the country’s most forward-thinking string teachers. A strong belief in a multi-faceted approach to string education represents the core of his philosophy, with a focus on empowerment by way of exploration and creativity, through the lenses of a variety of musical genres.

An alumnus of SMTD in Jazz (BFA ’07 & MM ’15), Brad studied classical violin alongside his improvisational studies in Jazz and traditional Roots Music. Identifying primarily as a multi-genre violinist or “fiddler,” he is also highly regarded as a mandolinist, guitarist, vocalist and storyteller. During his undergraduate years at SMTD, he was a member of the award-winning Celtic-fusion acoustic super-group, Millish, with whom he toured the U.S. and Europe. In addition to his work as an instrumentalist, Brad is also a session music, record producer, composer, musical director, and arranger.

Over the years, Brad has collaborated with countless independent Michigan artists, and others on the national and international stages, such as Emmy Award-winning actor/musician/playwright Jeff Daniels, Grammy-winner Mark O’Connor, as well as Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Stevie Wonder, Pat Metheny, and Aretha Franklin. Most recently, he toured extensively with 90’s alternative rock band, The Verve Pipe, exploring various dimensions and possibilities of a violin in the context of a rock band and is featured on their 2017 release, “Villains-Live & Acoustic.”

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