Michael René Ertzinger is an improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.
As a musician, Michael is part of a new generation of versatile talents, crossing readily over boundaries of genre. He has sought out learning from musicians and composers including Larry Knopp, Brad Turner, Ross Taggart, Hugh Fraser, Ingrid Jensen, and of regularly attending the CYMC Jazz Program and the TD Canada Trust Intensive where he won the young composers award. Michael took a serious interest in vocal improvisation at age 21, after hearing the improvisation of Bobby Mcferrin and recognizing the style of vocalization which communicated the jazz style he developed through the study of jazz trumpet. He has recorded with Vancouver natives including Hugh Fraser, Miles Black, Buff Allen, Rene Worst, Darren Radke, Joe Poole, and Chris Sigerson.
Thanks to the mentorship and support of Dave Monette, Michael is presently honing his trumpet playing with guidance from several of the Monette trumpet players including Ingrid Jensen, Terence Blanchard, Charlie Schleuter, Scotty Barnhart, and Gerald Webster.
Michael has attended the Jazz and Creative Music Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. This program offered exposure to diversity of perspective and personal tutelage under great jazz musicians including Nicholas Payton, Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, and many others. Here he had the gift of sharing the stage with Padma Sri Aruna Sairam, Imani Uzuri, and many other fine musicians.