Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary where he created The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which will begin touring in the Summer of 2017.

In his first solo show, Tentative Armor, he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance. Through his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality, and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.

Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country.

“Michael Harren brings you brilliant piano stylings, a firm sense of the absurd, and a genuine originality that is refreshing and honest, and he’s a very lovely man.”
Sandra Bernhard

“Harren’s work takes the science of a composer like Eno, and the spirit of a composer like Oldfield, and combines the two in a bold display of human dichotomy.”
Replicant Ears Magazine

“Magical!”
Eve Beglarian

“Awesome writing and very cool music and approach. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.”
Christopher Willits

“There are few artists out there presenting their work with such a wonderful mix of courage and care, with a never ending eye toward giving the audience a wonderful experience and a sublime uniqueness of voice.”
Adam Fitzgerald

“When Michael Harren’s writing isn’t smart and hilarious, it’s emotionally devastating. He is both a gifted musician and a great man. I am lucky to have worked with him.”
Steven Strafford

“…a beautiful sound artist and musician.”
Gardiner Comfort

“Fuck! You were great!”
Ed Asner

The Animal Show Tour – Summer 2017

just got home from running another Ragnar Relay race with my beloved Strong Hearts Vegan Power running team. I had a great time and will share a video on my YouTube channel about the weekend ASAP, but while I was out there I realized I haven’t properly explained what the hell is going on with me this summer and my tour. The short story is that I am doing a Summer tour of my solo theater piece, The Animal Show, but there will be a bunch more going on.

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No Permission Needed workshop at Moogfest

Moogfest is a wrap!

I just finished up 4 days of running an electronic music workshop at Moogfest  with my friend Eban Crawford  AKA Senator Jaiz. We took groups of people through the process of creating an 8 to 16 bar piece of music in Ableton Live digital recording software. I captured TONS of footage with my new camera which I will be editing into vlogs this week. I’m really having a blast getting into shooting videos and photos, and looking forward to developing these skills (over the next month omg) to document my tour this summer.

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What’s Next for The Animal Show?

I am elated by the feedback I have been getting about The Animal Show, both from people I know and great reviews like this one. Lots of people have been asking me if I am going to do it again and the answer is a resounding “HELL YES!” I’m excited to share with you the seeds of the plan to remount the show, but first, I promised an update about the budget.
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Looking Back at The Animal Show

It’s been just over a week since the final performance of my solo show, The Animal Show, and I feel like doing a little reflection on how it all went. All in all, I am pretty thrilled with the experience. I had great crowds all three nights, and it’s always a blast to perform at Dixon Place. The staff is outstanding and the space is perfect. I got some great press (Huffington Post, Vegan Future NowBroadway Box, and this great review in Theasy!) Oh, and Sandra Bernhard came to the show, tweeted about it and talked about it on her Sirius XM show. Rock!

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Queer Qualification

On Monday night I hosted the first ever live episode of my long running MikeyPod podcast. I had a great line up of guests, including Eve Beglarian, Victoria Libertore, Duncan Pflaster, Will Shishmanian and Sugar Vendil.  The podcast of the event will go up in the feed at mikeypod.com on July 4th, but in the meantime I wanted to post this story I shared at the show. I’m pretty proud of this piece and it’s perfect for Pride. Continue reading →

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26 Jun 2017 MikeyPod Live! New York, New York Kraine Theater Kraine Theater Buy ticket - $20.00
08 Jul 2017 Talk: Arts and Activism Houston, TX Houston Community College Conference Center Houston Community College Conference Center
09 Jul 2017 The Animal Show Houston, TX The Rec Room The Rec Room Buy ticket - $20
26 Jul 2017 The Animal Show Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater Bootleg Theater
30 Jul 2017 The Animal Show Berkeley, CA Berkeley Animal Rights Center Berkeley Animal Rights Center
31 Jul 2017 Talk: Arts and Activism Berkeley, CA Berkeley Animal Rights Center Berkeley Animal Rights Center free
14 Aug 2017 The Animal Show Portland, OR Taborspace - Copeland Commons Taborspace - Copeland Commons
08 Nov 2017 The Animal Show New York, New York Dixon Place Dixon Place
09 Nov 2017 The Animal Show New York, New York Dixon Place Dixon Place